What is a Neti Pot?

A neti pot is used to irrigate your nasal passages and clear them out.  A neti pot looks like a teapot and works by pouring saline solution into one nostirl and allowing it to travel through your nasal cavities and out the other nostril.  Using the force of gravity a neti pot will irrigate your sinuses.  By flushing out your nasal passages with saline solution, nasal irrigation removes mucus, pollen, dust, and any other irritant which may be trapped in your sinuses.  At first nasal irrigation may sound gross, but if you have ever been severly congested you know that is far worse to be swallowing mucus and hacking up pleghm.  Not to mention how unbearable it is to be so stuffed up you cannot breathe!  Just try using a neti pot once and you will be a convert!  It can clear up stuffy noses in no time without drying them out or making your nose raw from too much blowing!

If you suffer from constant congestion and/or mucus build-up due to allergies, rhinitis, or the common cold, nasal irrigation is a great, natural way to clear out your nasal cavities and get rid of mucus and phlegm.  The neti pot also known jala and has been around for thousands of years.  The neti pot is all natural and non-medicinal.  If you use a neti pot every day you will be able to reduce, eliminate, and alleviate congestion.

A neti pot or other forms of nasal lavage (another name for nasal irrigation) can relieve congestion associated with allergies, sinusitis, cold and flu, rhinitis of pregnancy, asthma, and nasal polyposis.

Where Can I Buy a Neti Pot?
You can buy a neti pot at most drugstores and health stores.  SinuCleanse is a popular neti pot brand.  However, due to an increase in popularity, most pharmacies offer store-brand neti pots. You will find neti pots in the allergy/cold section.  In addition to the neti pot, it should come with saline solution packages and a small plastic spoon.

How to Use a Neti Pot

Preparing Your Neti Pot
Before using it, you must prepare your neti pot.  Simply take one of the saline solution packages that came with your neti pot and pour it into the pot.  Fill the neti pot with warm, distilled water.  Ideally, the water should be body temperature.  If the water is too hot or too cold it will be uncomfortable.  Also, the saline crystals will not dissolve if the water is too cold.  Stir the contents of the neti pot with the spoon and make sure that all of the saline crystals have fully dissolved.  If the saline crystals do not fully dissolve, it will sting when you pour the saline solution through your nasal passages.

Using Your Neti Pot
Tilt your head to one side above a sink, bath tub, or other basin.  Place the spout of the neti pot into the nostril facing the ceiling. Start pouring the saline solution into your nose and make sure to breathe through your mouth (which should be open).  Using the force of gravity, the saline solution will pour through your nasal passage out of your other nostril, irrigating your sinuses in the process.  The saline solution will also force out any mucous, phlegm, dust, pollen, or other germs that may have been trapped in your nasal cavities.  Repeat this process with your head tilted the opposite direct and by pouring the saline solution through your other nostril.

Clear Out Your Sinuses
Once you have finished irrigation, make sure to get any remaining liquid out of your nasal cavities by blowing out of your nose without holding either of your nostrils closed.  If you press either of your nostrils closed, it will cause the liquid to be forced deeper into your nasal cavities.  Another trick to getting the remaining saline solution out of your sinuses is to bend down and shake your head around.

What If The Neti Pot Doesn't Work?
There are times were I am so congested that the saline solution does not travel through my sinuses and simply sits there. If you are patient and allow gravity to do its job, most times it will eventually push through all that gross mucus inside your nose.  Hint:  The saline solution is much more likely to push through the mucus if it is warm, if it is cold it is less likely to work. Sometimes when the saline solution gets stuck due to congestion, in order to let the it irrigate your sinuses you need to switch sides to the other nostril and force the saline solution and mucus out from the other direction. There are other times where the congestion is so bad that the force of the gravity is not enough to unblock it.  In those instances, I've found an electronic nasal irrigator, which gently pulses the saline solution through your nasal cavities, to be very effective.

Questions & Answers About Neti Pots

How Often Can I Use a Neti Pot?
You can use your neti pot anytime that you are congested and it will flush all of the mucus out of your sinuses. It is actually recommended that you make using a neti pot part of your daily routine and do it as often as you brush your teeth.  Regular nasal irrigation will prevent congestion and remove dust and pollen from your nasal cavities.

How Do I Care for My Neti Pot?
Make sure to rinse your neti pot out after each use.  You should run the neti pot through the dishwasher at least once per week to ensure it stays clean and bacteria free. Make sure to store your neti pot in a cabinet so that it does not get dust or other particles inside of it.

Enjoy Your Neti Pot!

Good luck using your neti pot and enjoy! When I first used a neti pot, I was amazed at how much relief it offered and that I could finally breathe!  It does a great job of clearing out your sinuses without drying them out like medicinal decongestants do.