Okay so I know what you are thinking….
“The last time I used a the neti pot I felt like I was being waterboarded in a POW camp.”
Well I’m going to explain proper neti pot technique and give you some tips and tricks to make this a more pleasurable experience.
I’ve been using a neti pot for over five years and not to toot my horn, but I can really get down with the neti. True, I may have honed this skill in college while holding my breath upside down in a keg stand, but when it comes to the neti, that age old adage applies– practice makes perfect.
Cleaning out your nasal passages both morning and night will run those histamines right out of your system, along with other unwanted gunk like dust, dirt and cold viruses. In addition, cleansing the nasal passages right before or during a cold will prevent the original virus from developing into a sinus infection. And just FYI…this is one of my absolute favorite seasonal allergy remedies!
Here are some tips:
- If you are new to the world of neti, I highly recommend using the Neilmed Sinus Rinse Starter Kit. It comes with a squeeze bottle (as oppose to a full neti pot) and 5 saline packets. The squeeze bottle allows for an easy and light rinse and all you have to do is tilt your head slightly downward and squeeze. The saline/water mix goes up one nostril and then flows out the other.
The saline packets are easy to use, less messy than other methods and great for travel! Start with ½ of a packet. Pour it in, fill water to the line shown and you’re one step closer to Neti Nirvana.
Once you grow accustomed to the squeeze bottle then make the switch to ceramic. Anytime you can eliminate sticking a piece of plastic in your body, you should. I find that ceramic neti pots are extremely durable and long-lasting.
2. Use distilled or boiled water. PLEASE!
It’s really important to use distilled or boiled water (obviously cooled to a moderate temperature) when using your neti pot. Even if your water is treated, it does not kill all the nasty bugs. This completely defeats the purpose of the neti which is to eliminate the bad stuff from your naval cavities rather than put the bad stuff in. For convenience, I keep a huge tub of distilled water under my sink and I will use bottled water on-the-go if I’m desperate, but the preferred method is distilled or boiling. (Now I’m starting to sound like a teacher Mom with my repetitive directions. I promise to never ever say the “d” or “b” word again.)
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