Every year about this time I get anxious for Spring to start showing itself. I wander through my yard like Sherlock Holmes searching for clues that Winter is on its way out and things will start to get green again.
Finally I see the first glimmers of color and start smiling in anticipation of flowers and leaves on the trees. My sleuthing skills uncovered these signs of Spring earlier today:
Seeing the flowers starting to bloom and the trees starting to bud always lifts my spirits.
Spring is just such a happy time of year, a time of new possibilities.
But, the downside of all this Spring blooming is the allergies that come with it. My eyes itch, my sinuses react, and I walk around rubbing my eyes and sniffing all day.
My poor son has apparently inherited my allergies as he started complaining this week of itchy eyes. Plus his friends keep finding his hiding spots during Hide-n-Seek due to his perpetual sniffle.
When I was given the opportunity to review the SinuSense Pulsator by WaterPik this past week I was curious to learn more about sinus rinsing as an alternative to medication.
I try to avoid medication unless absolutely necessary. I just don’t want any more chemicals in my body than necessary. Ya know?
The benefits of sinus rinsing were intriguing and include:
- Reduce symptoms of allergies and colds
- Clear nose and sinuses of mucus, allergens and debris
- Soothes dry noses (an issue in Colorado)
- Reduces coughing from post nasal drip
- Does not have side effects like medications do
I must admit that I was skeptical about
forcing water up my nose rinsing my sinuses. But I sucked it up, or rather sniffed it up I suppose, and gave it a try.
The sinus rinsing itself only takes 20 seconds and the nostril piece is very comfortable. I really liked the aroma (it’s faint) from the SinuSense packets that you mix with water. The packets have some eucalyptus and aloe in them and the mix just smells clean.
The first time I tried the sinus rinsing I had a moment of panic. It almost felt like I was drowning. But once I remembered to breathe through my mouth that sensation went away.
The water goes in one nostril and comes out the other – cleaning your entire sinus. AND your husband and children will find watching the process fascinating. This is highly entertaining for your family – OK, maybe it’s just mine.
Colorado is a very arid climate which causes my nose to be dry and cakey when I first wake up in the morning.
After using the SinuSense my nose feels much better. I also feel like I can breathe really deeply after using it – like my lungs are able to expand to their fullest.
As for those allergies? I don’t sniffle for at least an hour after using the SinuSense. I’ve only used it for a few days, so I haven’t been able to see how it works when I have a cold or am more congested. I’m really curious to see if it will get rid of a sinus headache for me!
Have you ever tried sinus rinsing? What did you think?