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The benefits of using a neti pot

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benefits of using a neti pot

If you are among the many prone to sinus issues, have you ever considered nasal irrigation? Why suffer a drippy nose and sinus headache when this simple technique (usually done with a neti pot) can alleviate your symptoms? It has been practiced for centuries as part of daily cleansing ritual in East Asian cultures. Make it part of your morning routine to reap the benefits.

This technique can be used for cold and flu symptoms, sinus blockage, asthma, allergies, and even nasal dryness. I find it particularly helpful in winter when the house has a lower humidity level than usual.

How to use a neti pot

A neti pot is a small ceramic or metal vessel used to irrigate the sinuses. Once filled with a saline solution, it can be used to flush allergens out. This vessel should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before the first use and then after each use. Do not share your neti pot with other members of your household. They aren't expensive, so it's better to acquire one for each person who would benefit from using it.

Saline solution

Mix 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized sea salt with 8 ounces warm distilled water until fully dissolved. (Do not use tap water!)

The process

  1. Stand over sink, leaning forward with your head tilted to side.
  2. Insert the spout of the neti pot into the uppermost nostril to create a seal.
  3. Raise the pot to develop a steady stream of saline solution through the upper nostril into the lower nostril. Breathe through your mouth during this. This generally uses half the prepared saline solution.
  4. When you're done, take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Exhale from the bottom your lungs after each breath. Then blow your nose.

Note: It may take some practice to find the proper angle. If the saline solution ends up in your mouth, just spit it into the sink and adjust the angle of your head before proceeding.

How often should a neti pot be used?

Once a day in the morning is sufficient unless you feel under the weather. Have a cold? Feeling a sinus headache starting? Just feeling "bleh"? Another round of irrigation may prove beneficial.

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