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December 17, 2011

How to Make Xylitol Nasal Flush at Home

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Given the unusually large reader response to my last blog regarding xylitol nasal rinses regarding the "recipe," I thought it easier to write a blog about it!!!

To be brief, xylitol is a naturally-occurring plant-based sugar substitute that apparently has all sorts of anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties. Given these properties, daily xylitol gum chewingor xylitol nasal sprayuse has been shown to help prevent recurrent acute ear infections and sinus infections... safe for use even in infants.

When used as part of nasal flushes to the nose, it seems to work even better than traditional saline flushes to the nose (read more about this here).

So, I have provided below a few different recipes to make xylitol nasal flushes at home. One may be more comfortable than the other, but it is user dependent. Obviously, convenience will play a role as well.

Just as an FYI, you can also purchase pre-packaged packets that contain xylitol for the ultimate convenience. Just open one packet and mix it in with water inside your nasal flush kit of choice (Nasopure, Neti Pot, Neilmed, etc)

Recipe #1 (Complex):
1 cup of water (8 ounces)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of xylitol crystals
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 drops of grapefruit seed extract

Recipe #2:
1 cup of water (8 ounces)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of xylitol crystals

Recipe #3:
1 cup of water (8 ounces)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of xylitol crystals

17 comments:

  1. I have already used a homemade mix of salt and baking soda - it was good. Therefore, I am going to use the complex mix as it is the same but with the addition of xylitol.

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  2. I've just tried it (the complex recipe) and I can't believe that for a nose which was not blocked at all, there is such a lot of mucus releasing. Much more than when I used saline and baking soda without the xylitol.
    Thank you

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  3. is it safe to pe putting all sorts of stuff up the nose, like grapefruit seed extract etc?

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  4. These recipes might be too strong for most. The article which showed that xylitol irrigations might be better than regular saline used 12 gms/8 oz water or roughly 3 tsp/8oz of most commercially available xylitol. Usually I have patients add 1/4 tsp each of salt and baking soda. Higher concentrations can help in the short term, but lead to problems in the long term by disrupting the normal mucous in the nose. A half & half mixture would be 1.5 tsp of xylitol with a 1/4 tsp of salt and baking soda in 16 oz of water.

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    1. Sounds right. My Grossan has a 16 oz container for irrigation. It's also really important not to over do it and dry everything out thus opening the door for more infections. I'm new to the xylitol and going to try it and the grapefruit extract. Tried the surgery (septoplasty and removal of polyps, bone spur and necrodial tissues) which was good for a couple of years and now I'm back to regular infections. Have the polyps returned? Maybe. I will check with ENT but I also know non of the antibiotics (Biaxin, Levoquin etc) work any longer and are doing more harm to the rest of me than not. Trial and error. But thank God, people report their trials and that ENTs like Chang advocate the latest less invasive techniques like irrigation, which my ENT (Mark Shikowitz LIJ) also recommended. Good luck to all. Lucinda Kempe

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  5. I feel really stupid, is it that obvious, I must not be reading something here, I don't see any reference to dosage. do you use the entire solution in one session. That seems like an awful lot to me. If you don't use it all at once what is the proper storage method. what is the shelf life. If you are going to offer advice you should give all the information necessary to use it properly.

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  6. Mike, you're not stupid at all, there's not enough info here. It's also really important to mention you need to boil the water or use bottled so it's sterile. You don't use it all at once, I use it a few times a day, and just one spray up each nostril is usually enough. It will keep for ages as the salt will preserve it. I just use the water, salt and xylitol. Since using it, I have not had a single sinus infection for about 3 years and I used to have 2-3 infections per year.

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  7. do you use tap water purified water or distilled water?

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  8. Just boil your tap water for 5 mins, add the ingredients while hot to help them dissolve more easily and cool to room temperature, you cane chill it down to help reduce swelling too.

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  9. I apparently got a bad reaction from using xylitol sinus rinse for about 3 weeks to cure a persistent fungal sinus infection: sore throat, earaches, slight cough, chest pain. After realizing that xylitol was the cause of these problems, I quit using it 1-1/2 weeks ago. However, I still have the sore throat and other problems. Any idea how to get rid of the sore throat, earaches and other problems caused by xylitol?

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  10. Anonymous, Your "bad reaction" was probably the result of the infection (more likely bacterial and not fungal) that had been residing in your sinuses now being flushed out by the xylitol. I've had congested sinuses for 15 years. It's really entrenched in there and I've tried many rinses, antibiotics, etc. Now I'm using the xylitol, I feel the irritation on the back of my throat as it flushes the mucus out. I find that following up with the xylitol mist during the day helps a lot. I'm putting 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide into each ear twice a day as a precautionary measure, because I've read that any rinse can spread the infection to the ears. The fact that you're symptoms are persisting after the xylitol convinces me even more that you have a lot to flush out and the xylitol has started the process. If you don't want to go back to xylitol, perhaps you can try a saline rinse like Neilmed and hydrogen peroxide gargles and drops in the ears until your sinuses stop flushing. If I were you, though, I'd keep up the xylitol to speed up the process.

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    1. I hope you're right that I didn't have a bad reaction to xylitol as I am starting to use Xlear again. I thought that it had cleared up my sinus infection but it seems to only have killed off the infection in the left side of my sinuses and I have been having pain in the right side. Previously the infection seemed to be concentrated in the left side with little problem in the right side. However, I don't think it's bacterial since I have not had a fever at all. And I'm pretty sure it is fungal since I breathed some dust when I was pulling nails out of our deck to replace them with screws. It was a strange dust like nothing I have seen before and the nails had a bad looking deposit on them. I should have worn a mask to keep from breathing the dust.

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    2. Yes Anonymous March 11, 2014, it was my goofs, not adequately cleaning my NeilMed squeeze bottle, otherwise I simply spread the fungal sinus infection to other and all my sinuses causing the sinus headaches, earaches, aches in the temple areas, sore throat and coughs. Once I learned that I should use the liquid dishwashing soap and also a bottle brush to clean the squeeze bottle, I carefully cleaned my NeilMed squeeze bottle and my sinus infection cleared up quickly, in two or three days. So I suffered for months, reinfecting my sinuses because I did not adequately clean the squeeze bottle. Perhaps the salt and sodium bicarbonate sinus rinse would have killed off my sinus infection and perhaps the xylitol wasn't necessary, but I'll never know, since my sinus infection is over and gone. I am feeling very dumb and terribly embarrassed that I missed the NeilMed instructions and did not realize that it was necessary to thoroughly clean the squeeze bottle.

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  11. I have been using Xlear for quite some time now, so was very excited to find this recipe. I made it for the first time several months ago (complex recipe, because it seemed closest to the Xlear ingredients list) and I use it every morning and evening, or more frequently if I think I feel a cold coming on. It is awesome! I haven't had a cold all winter. I'm quite certain that this is part of the reason, along with a grass fed and organic diet, of course.

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  12. I'm glad I found this site, and maybe some of you can weigh in on your experiences relative to mine. When I was young (pre-20), I had no allergies. I began having seasonal allergies in my 20s and then basically year-round allergies at some point after that. Eventually I got a sinus infection that lasted about 3 months in 2003 and it was basically the worst I've ever felt. I didn't know anything about sinus cleansing at that time and the doctor just gave me various different antibiotics, the last of which (levaquin) worked. He then put me on nasonex and clarinex-d to treat my symptoms.

    My allergies are pretty much in check, but I have not been able to smell very well for years. If I run or do heavy exercise, I can smell pretty well for a short while, but apart from that, basically I have to really breathe in a lot of air to get the smell of something, and that doesn't always work. Naturally my sense of taste is dulled proportionately.

    What I want to know is, would rinsing with any of these solutions help this problem? Also, what is the most likely cause of this problem? It is not like my olfactory sense doesn't work; it works, but only if my nasal passages open up or I get a large volume of air through them. I assume rhinitis and/or biofilm gunking up the cilia and olfactory sensors could be the cause of this. Any experience with this problem? Thanks.

    John

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  13. Please correct your recipe(s).
    In writing volume-based recipes, an abbreviation like tbsp. is usually used, to differentiate it from the smaller teaspoon (tsp.). Some authors additionally capitalize the abbreviation Tbsp., while leaving tsp. in lower case, to emphasize that the larger tablespoon, rather than the smaller teaspoon, is wanted.

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