Nosal Spray Recipe

I’m just sharing this now to get it out there.

  • Distilled water, 8 oz.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (kosher, sea salt, whatever)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon myrrh resin
  • several grains ground cayenne

You’ll probably have to visit an herb store to find the myrrh resin. Everything else is commonly available.

Heat the distilled water to a simmer. While it’s heating, grind the hell out of the myrrh resin to make as fine a powder as you can manage. I start by squishing it between the bowls of two spoons, then finish it off with a mortar and pestle. We want it to be as fine as we can get it because the stuff does not dissolve in water and will have to be brought into suspension before each use.

Once the water is all hotted up, dump in the other ingredients and stir. After the water cools to the point that it’s not too hot to shoot up your nose, stir vigorously and fill a clean/sterilized nasal spray bottle with it while the myrrh remains in suspension, and store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Shake your spray bottle vigorously before each use to get the myrrh resin back into suspension, then take a couple of snorts up each nostril, four or more times per day. The cayenne will probably cause you to anticipate pain, but there won’t actually be any. It’s just an exciting sensation.

I’ve yet to see this stuff fail to clear a sinus infection within four days, but human bodies are all different and it’s entirely possible that someone somewhere will get infected with something that’s impervious to myrrh. If you’re not that person, you should start seeing relief by the end of the second full day of using this spray, and should be good to go at the end of the fourth day. Give it a fifth day just to be on the safe side.

I am not aware of even one instance of a microorganism that has historically been susceptible to myrrh’s action becoming immune to it, so it’s a safe bet that you won’t be breeding superbugs by using this spray. The same cannot be said for pharmaceutical antibiotics.


3 thoughts on “Nosal Spray Recipe

  1. whyzat

    Sounds interesting, though I don’t normally go in for home remedies to serious infections. Have you tried it in a neti pot? I do like to use that because I believe it helps prevent infection by keeping the crap cleaned out.

    1. happierheathen Post author

      Unlike just about all other herbalists I know, I’m not big on neti pots and don’t own one.

      It’s been my experience that appropriately chosen herbs work better, faster, and much more safely than pharmaceutical antibiotics in almost every case. Especially on respiratory infections for which the white coat brigade will dispense some really dangerous chemical concoctions. The only real trick to it is to know which herb to use — and it’s usually not echinacea. 🙂


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