Flush out your nasal passages and sinuses with this simple device!
How to Use a Neti Pot
How to Use a Neti Pot
A neti pot is a device that is used as a nasal irrigation system that helps to clear the nasal passages of bacteria, debris, dust, excess mucous, coughs, congestion which interferes with sleep and allergens which are the primary causes of colds, flu, allergies, sinus problems, halitosis (bad breath), airway problems such as snoring due to congestion issues and headaches.
A neti pot has been used for nasal irrigation as part of yoga in India for centuries and is becoming very popular these days as people realize the benefits of clearing the nasal passages and ease of using simple warm water and canning salt/saline solution without chemicals.
If you're considering using it as part of your routine hygiene and are not sure how to use it for the full advantages it offers, read on to find out how easy it is to incorporate this simply amazing device and avoid using chemicals that cause more harm than good to the body and overall health.
Buying a Neti Pot
This is my favorite style of neti pot online at amazon that I recommend and they can also be found at most health stores or drug stores for less than $15 in ceramic, glass, metal or plastic. They are shaped similar to a Jeannie's lamp with a long stem, center opening for water and saline solution and a handle similar to the photo above.
Neti Pot Use
Once you have the perfect neti pot and either a plain chemical free saline solution or box of canning salt (my personal preference), add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the pot and fill the center opening 1/2 full with warm water. Adding too much salt/saline ratio will cause a burning of the nostril and throat area. If you feel it burning, simply add more warm water to dilute the mixture.
The next step is to stand in front of a sink, lean head in and over the sink to begin.
Hold the pot in one hand and lean your head to one side inside the sink.
Gently insert the tip of the long stem area of the neti into one nostril only as far as a firm seal is obtained.
Pour a small amount of salt/saline solution into the nostril and adjust your head at the same time so that by pure gravity, the solution will start to come out of the second nostril in a light stream.
Continue to pour the solution into the one nostril until approximately half of this solution is used making sure to try to avoid any solution hitting the back of the throat if possible.
Remove it gently and set aside while you blow your nose on the side that had the salt/saline solution coming out of it into the sink and run water to rinse hand and the sink. Continue several times until mucous is removed. Many people find this part of the process the one step they don't like but, it's a simple and natural process that you'll be doing alone in the bathroom so just go for it!
Repeat the exact same procedure using the other nostril and finish the rest of the salt/saline solution.
Blow the nose on both sides until all the additional mucous is removed; it may take several attempts on each side. Use a tissue if you are uncomfortable blowing your nose into the sink.
Stand up and use a tissue to blow the nose one more time. * Keep the tissue handy as it is normal for a postnasal drip effect to occur for several minutes after using the neti as more of the salt/saline solution comes out slowly. Do not be alarmed as this usually does happen to everyone.
Practice using the neti pot until becoming comfortable with positioning your head to get the right angle so that the salt/saline solution comes out one nostril and not down the throat. This is the most difficult part and does take a few attempts until you get it just right – it's worth it!
When to Use a Neti Pot
As long as you use the canning salt/saline solution without any chemicals, it is perfectly safe and effective to use a neti pot daily to enhance breathing, remove excess mucous, dirt or allergens.
If you have a cold/flu, frequent allergy problems, coughing, congestion that interferes with sleep or headaches, it is fine to use it two or three times a day to assist in removing symptoms of discomfort from these conditions. Doesn't that sound better than taking pills for any of those problems?
You might be surprised to know that it also help to alleviate congestion that causes airway problems such as snoring as well as halitosis (bad breath).
Keep it Clean
Keep one for each individual of the family to reduce the likelihood of transferring bacteria to another person. Clean it by washing with warm soap and water after each use and allow to air dry. Use a disinfectant if you've had a cold or the flu, otherwise soap and water is just fine.
Good luck with your online search for the perfect neti pot and start using it as soon as you get it. You'll be happy to have found this simple and effective way to remove excess mucous, bacteria and allergens from the nasal passages. You'll definitely notice an improvement in your breathing, less snoring problems due to congestion and airway problems, halitosis (bad breath) caused by bacteria, headaches as well as sleep.
To learn more about the neti pot and nasal irrigation system benefits: http://www.infobarrel.com/Nasal_Irrigation_System_Benefits
Read more of my tips on How to Boost the Immune System to Stay Healthy.
Thanks for reading and I can't wait to read your comments once you try it too.
Ceramic Neti Pot with Comfort Spout
Amazon Price: $17.95 $14.95 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 24, 2014)