Let’s face it – pushing a small watering can up your nose isn’t the most attractive of gestures, but it might relieve of your allergy symptoms. Tracing back thousands of years, a neti pot continues to help keep your nasal passages clear.
Allergy season has made it’s way upon us, with our itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, congestion, and sneezing, the perfect combination to inconvenience our bodies. But regardless how foolish we may feel using the neti pot, it can be the answer to our “I can barely breathe” prayers.
Origins of the Neti Pot
The word “neti” is Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing,” used in Ayurvedic traditions, which harness a more natural approach to healing and wellness. Also known as a “nose bidet” (although I prefer neti pot, thanks), it essentially provides a way to pour warm water into your nose, which stimulates your sinuses and clears out mucus.
Do we really need it?
Generally, your sinuses are built to be able to clean themselves, and if not, we give it a little help by blowing our nose. But if you experience blockage or sinusitis, the neti pot is an option.
How to use it:
- Fill the neti pot with warm water and add in a quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt. Stir until dissolved.
- Stand over a sink, and tilt your head to one side.
- Place the end of the spout of the neti pot into your top nostril.
- Be sure to breathe through your mouth.
- Tip it (like pouring tea) until the water flows slowly into your nostril and out the other.
- Let flow for about 20 seconds.
- Switch sides.
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Where to buy
You can buy the Himalayan Institute Neti Pot Starter Kit from Amazon.com
Neti Pot Starter Kit Price: $22.95 You Save: $12.00 (34%)
Do note, if you have certain nasal or sinus issues, first check with your physician, specialist and naturopath to see if the neti pot is right for you. For more information on the neti pot, explore Jala Neti, a website dedicated to the details.
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