Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wonders of the Neti Pot

This is not going to be your typical post, but I cannot not write about this! Some may be grossed out by this so feel free to skip over it. For those of you who have suffered from sinus issues, the Neti Pot may already be known to you. If not, go out and get one right now!

This mini teapot-like item can do wonders for your breathing if you have chronic sinus issues or are even suffering from a cold. It is used for irrigating the nasal passages. The Neti Pot originally comes from the Ayurvedic and yoga traditions. You use a lukewarm saline solution (inexpensive, easy to make and find from a drug store) to pour into one nostril while your head is tilted over the sink at about a 45 degree angel. The liquid falls out the other nostril. You then repeat the process through the second nostril and when you are done, clean the Neti Pot ready for next use. Each one comes with its own instructions and packets of saline solution.

While I have known about this for awhile, I for some reason did not go out and buy one until a few day ago. And then I used it! I can't even begin to tell you how much it improved my breathing almost instantly. I've used a saline nasal spray in the past, and although that has been helpful it did not clean out my nasal passage the way the Neti Pot did. 

Here is a video showing how to use the Neti Pot. Although I think the exercises at the end are a little much, some might find them useful. Have others used the Neti Pot? What did you think?

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