Neti Pot

IMG_1575The Neti Pot was developed as an Ayurvedic yoga tradition in India thousands of years ago and remains in use to this day.  The word “Neti” means “nasal cleansing” and is a Sanskrit word.

It was thought that if you had clear breathing you had clear thinking.  It was a helpful tool in allowing one to reach a higher state of meditation.

I have a Neti Pot and I put it to good use when I feel a bit of nasal congestion or the possibility of a cold coming on.

Neti Pots are a great way to cleanse and refresh your nasal passage. Of course your nose and nasal passages are your first line of defense against allergies and airborne viruses such as cold and flu so keeping that area clean is important.

To use a Neti Pot… mix 1/4 teaspoon of fine ground premium salt, (not table salt) in about 8 ounces of purified or spring water.  You can buy special salt designed specifically for Neti pot use but I use Himalayan salt in mine.  Put this mixture into your pot.  Lean forward and twist your head to one side.  Do this over a sink or in the shower.  Place the spout of the Neti pot gently into your upper nostril to form a seal.  Allow the solution to flow into your nasal passage and out of the lower nostril.  Keep your mouth open to breathe.  After emptying the pot, blow your nose well to empty your sinus of residual water.  Repeat for the other side.    After doing this on both sides, clean your pot thoroughly and store in a clean place for next use.  You should not share your pot with others.  It’s a personal hygiene item kind of like your toothbrush.  Sharing is not recommended.

Post Neti pot useage will give you a fresh and clean feeling in your nose.  You may note better taste buds and a sharper sense of smell.

Daily use can be very helpful especially during a bout of allergies, cold or sinus infection.

Do not use tap water unless it has been filtered or boiled for 5 minutes and allowed to cool.  Sterile or distilled water is recommended.

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies why not invest in a Neti Pot and cleanse your nasal passage.  Hopefully you will get relief.  They are not expensive and can be purchased at most pharmacies and health food stores.

Happy breathing!

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