Hello! You’re probably here because you suffer from nasal congestion and sinus issues. Or maybe you keep hearing the term “neti pot” and were curious to learn more. Either way, you’re in the right place.
In this post I’ll describe the what, why and how of the neti pot, AKA nasal irrigation. Check out the video below I did for a Facebook live stream to learn more and watch me demonstrating proper technique.
Now, you may be thinking, really? You’re doing a blog post and video about neti pots? Why are you so enthusiastic about it. What’s so exciting? Read on to find out!
What is a Neti Pot?
You’ve likely seen a kit in the drugstore with a name like “Sinu-Cleanse”, “Sinus Rinse”, “Nasa-Flo” or something similar. Whatever the brand, the basic idea is the same. It’s a device to help you pour warm salt water into your nostril. It cleanses your nasal passages and then comes out the other nostril.
The salt water solution thins your mucus, rinses and flushes out the nasal passages and sinuses. It removes all the “gunk” in there, like allergens, irritants and infectious agents.
Why do I Use a Neti Pot and recommend it to clients?
The main reason is that I have a passion for breathing deeply and freely. Good, clean air is the life force for your body. In Chinese medicine, the energy from air and food combine (along with your constitutional energy inherited from your parents) to create Qi – the life force that energizes your body and mind. People have been using this technique for thousands of years, and we now have research backing up its effectiveness.
Getting excited now?
Additionally, using a neti pot improves plenty of annoying issues in a natural way, without having to deal with the side effects that accompany nasal sprays or medications. These issues include:
- nasal congestion, sinus pressure/pain/infection, allergies, cold
- nasal irritation after exposure to dust, pollen, excessively cold or dry air
- Dry mouth and snoring from mouth breathing while sleeping
Personally, I’ve dealt with a slight level of congestion in one of my nostrils for many years. Using a neti pot has helped me breathe through my nose while sleeping. This reduces snoring and keeps my wife happy – which is never a bad idea :-)!
How do I use a Neti Pot?
- Buy a kit at drugstore. They are inexpensive ($10-$15). They come with a ceramic or plastic pot and a bunch of saline packets. You can buy more saline packets when you run out.
- Ensure water is warm but not too hot. It may take a few tries to get this right. You’ll notice discomfort if the water is too cold or hot.
- Mix water with a saline packet. If you run out of packets you can always make your own by mixing ¼ Tsp salt with a cup of water.)
- Stand over sink or shower. Pour, with head forward & rotated to the side. See my demonstration in my video.
- Tilt pot to allow the water to flow in through nostril. Continue to breath evenly through mouth,
- Continue until pot is empty (about 30 secs).
- Blow both nostrils freely to clear out any mucus and water.
- Repeat with other nostril.
- If you feel water getting stuck, feel free to take a break and blow your nose. Eventually water will break through and come out other nostril. If not, no worries. It’s still helping to break up congestion and rinse out irritants.
- Try using the neti pot once per day when experiencing acute symptoms. Every other day is great for chronic issues / maintenance
- Always clean and dry your pot after use.
Learn how Amma Therapy can improve your health
If you’ve enjoyed learning about using a neti pot than you should really consider trying Amma Therapy as well. It is rooted in Chinese Medicine and can take you to deep levels of transformation of your health. Amma Therapy treats similar imbalances as acupuncture but without the use of needles. It is completely non-invasive and has an incredibly nourishing and harmonizing effect. It provides a wide array of benefits. A few common ones include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Decreased aches and pains
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy and vitality
As an Amma Therapist, I use the strength and sensitivity of my hands to stimulate acupoints and provide a rhythmic circular digital pressure along energy (Qi) pathways in the body. Unlike a typical massage, oils are not necessary and undressing is optional. In addition to bodywork, I provide recommendations for lifestyle, self-care, nutrition, herbs and mindful movement.
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