The nasal passages are the first line of defense against pollution, allergens, and irritants. Keeping them clear, clean, and functioning properly can raise the body’s protection against disease. The neti pot is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that dates back thousands of years, and many people with allergies and sinus concerns are turning to it as an alternative to medications.
When you breathe in allergens, pollution, and other forms of irritants, mucus production can increase, setting the stage for congestion, inflammation, and infection. By performing a nasal rinse before this has a chance to occur, you can prevent and relieve symptoms like sinus infections, common colds, and other illnesses.
How to Use a Neti Pot
* Fill the neti pot with lukewarm water.
* Add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt or table salt (without added iodine) to the water. Neti salt is sold online, at the pharmacy and Whole Foods.
* Lean your head forward over the basin, bending your neck down slightly with your eyes looking downwards. Gently place the spout of the neti pot inside your right nostril, forming a seal to avoid any outer leakage. Open your mouth slightly. Breathe continuously through your open mouth during this sinus cleansing procedure, which allows the necessary air passageway so that the water will not drain into your mouth.
* Tilt your head sideways so that your right nostril is directly above your left nostril. Tip the neti pot, allowing the water solution to pour into your right nostril; the water will naturally drain from your left nostril into the sink.
* About halfway thru, change sides and finish the other side.
* After the net pot is empty, remove the spout from your nostril, and exhale through both nostrils, and then gently blow your nose into a tissue.