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Allergy season has officially hit. I can’t wake up in the morning without feeling like my sinus and lungs are going to explode. If you are one of those people who are not affected by seasonal allergies, I am soooo jealous of you. If you are like me there is hope. You probably know about different medications you can take to help control your allergies but there are some natural remedies you can try as well. Today I am going to talk about the Neti pot. The Neti pot an ancient device used to clean out the nasal cavity.
A Neti pot is a small container that kind of looks like a miniature tea pot. They are made of plastic or ceramic and you can buy them at most health food or drug stores. The Neti pot has been used for thousands of years in India. It is a homeopathic remedy for nasal congestion and sinusitis with roots in Ayurvedic medicine.
The Neti pot is quite simple to use but there are some things you need to know. First, if you are planning to use tap water make you boil it first and then let it cool. Tap water is safe to drink but there could be harmful bacteria in the water that is not good to stick up your nose. Alternatively, you can also use distilled or bottled water.
For comfort warm the water up and add a pinch of non iodized salt and baking soda to the water. This helps to minimize the burning feeling you can sometimes get from the pot.
You fill the pot with warm water and insert into one nostril. Tilt your head back and let the water flow through your sinuses and out the other nostril. It helps to cleanse your sinuses and provide relief from nasal congestion.
It can take a little time to get used to the feeling of water up your nose and if your can’t quite get the hang of it there are a number of You Tube video that will show you how it’s done. Fair warning- the videos are pretty gross!
For best results use the pot once a day during allergy season to help flush out pollen and other allergens that get trapped in your sinuses. It’s convenient to keep you pot in the shower and make it part of your routine.
Have you tried using a Neti pot? How do you like it?