Did you know that some countries have water bags hanging on poles with a hose so people can get a nasal cleansing when they pass by?
But fortunately, most of us have access to Neti Pots. A Neti Pot is a small pot (usually ceramic) with a spout. It looks similar to a small teapot. It is used to gently cleanse the nostrils by filling the pot with a saline solution which is poured into the nostrils to flush the sinuses. Sounds odd? Yes, but surprisingly it feels good and it keeps the nostrils clear while making breathing easier. It is a simple drug-free treatment for sinus infections. When used daily it will keep the nasal passages clear of dust, pollen, and other irritants.
Take a look at the benefits:
How to use the Neti Pot:
Although you may be skeptical at first, once you get past the first treatment, it’s easy to use! Fill the Neti Pot with lukewarm water. Add 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized salt and stir until completely dissolved. Then pour the water mixture into one nostril while the head is tipped forward. Lean forward so as not to swallow salty water and be sure to breathe through your mouth. The water will drain out through the other nostril. Blow your nose to get all the water out. Then repeat on the other nostril. Use once a day to keep nasal passages clear. Use twice a day if you feel a cold coming on.
If not used right, you may encounter these problems:
Neti is not new. It has been used by practitioners of yoga and ayurveda in India for hundreds of years. But only in the last few years has it taken off in the U.S. You can buy Neti Pots at health food stores or some pharmacies. For most people, the results are instant with easier breathing.