SinuOrega Nasal Spray works extremely well, if you can handle it.
Ever since we moved back to NYC I have struggled with my sinuses. After having only one sinus infection in six years while living in the Caribbean, I have had at least four in the past few years.
My physician prescribed generic Flonase, but now that Nasacort is over the counter, United Healthcare has informed me that they are upping my co-pay to $30 from $10 (for the exact same generic drug). Because the people who receive over $300 per week out of my pre-tax income would rather not pay for anything.
So I have become a huge fan of saline nasal sprays, with Ocean being my favorite.
I received a full size (2 oz.) nasal spray and a general spray, suitable for odor elimination and cleaning.
Basically, you are inhaling the emulsified oils of wild oregano (here as NAHS's Oregano p73), bay leaf, sage, and clove in a sea salt (saline) base. Oregano is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so it actually clears out your sinuses on many levels.
If only I could handle the burn and the smell/taste!
NAHS warns on the package that there can be some mild burning sensations just after spraying, but for me the burning wasn't minor and lasted for a bit. And then there was the intense oregano and clove taste in the back of my throat. Worse than the odd rosewater aftertaste of Flonase.
I - just - can't!
Now, I can handle the smell when it's not in my own body, so the cleaning spray is fabulous for me.
And look, North American Herb and Spice's SinuOrega has 4.5 stars on Amazon, so clearly it works well for most people. The few negative reviews focus on the inability to handle the burn and smell, not the efficacy of the nasal spray.
My sinuses felt great on the days that I used the spray, but not great enough to withstand the burn.
Have you tried a natural nasal spray? Has it worked?