Normally I use Hydrasense, but they are crazy expensive. I also find even the strong spray ones not very strong. I have some serious blocked sinuses so I need something serious to unblock them!
So, of course, I was more than happy to try out a Navage Nose Cleaner when it was offered. I had never heard of it before, so had no idea what to expect. It is essentially a battery powered nasal irrigator with suction. It squirts saline into one nostril and out the other into a sealed compartment, so as long as you do it properly, there is no mess. It requires special salt pods that are purchased separately.
I was a bit intimidated when it arrived as it had some extensive instructions in order to get it operating and I hate reading instructions. I don't know why, but I always prefer to just wing it with stuff. Yeah, that doesn't always work out so well. This time I decided to be sensible and educate myself properly before getting started. Its simple to put together, but since I didn't realize it came with the 2 required Double AA batteries, I spent a while fumbling with the screwdriver they include, to get the battery pack open. Once it was assembled, I filled the tank with filtered water from our fridge, popped in a salt pod, stuffed it in my nose and pressed the on button. Unfortunately, I didn't pay careful enough attention to the instructions and tried to breathe through my nose, which led to me swallowing a whole lot of the salt water. I tried again, careful to breathe through my mouth and it worked perfectly. It only takes a few seconds and it fairly powerfully pushes the water in one side of your nose and out the other. Done!
I was having trouble with bad pressure in my sinuses and I definitely noticed a positive difference afterwards. I'm impressed!
The machine itself is on sale right now for $29.95, and a 30 pack of salt pods are $9.95. Assuming the machine lasts at least a few years, this is likely no more expensive than what Hydrasense costs to use. So do I recommend it? Yes, definitely, if you are looking for a drug-free way to treat congestion.
Disclosure: I was sent a Navage Nose Cleaner and package of salt pods at no charge, however, all opinions on this blog are my own.