Healthy Living Tip #18: Neti Pot

The neti pot is a nasal flushing device and a great addition to your healthy living medicine cabinet. Keep your sinuses clear and healthy with the neti pot. Alexis Mathews.com

Health Benefits of a Neti Pot

Millions of Americans suffer from sinus pain, pressure, and reoccurring infections each year. Unfortunately, time and time again those suffering from sinus problems turn to western medicine and prescription drugs to relieve their pain. A simple little device, known as a neti pot could save pain, suffering, infections, and unnecessary antibiotics every year.

The neti pot is a ceramic or plastic container that looks like a tea pot or genie lamp. When filled with a saline solution, the neti pot is highly effective at flushing the nasal passages and helping the body’s natural cleansing methods function better. Surgeries, allergies, and environmental irritants can clog the nasal passages and prevent the sinus cilia cells from clearing mucus and irritants naturally.

Many people that suffer from sinus pressure, pain, and infections are turning to neti pots to relieve their symptoms more often. Most use the neti pot on a regular basis, some even as frequently as daily to relieve their pain, congestion, and prevent infections. 

Biologically speaking, the neti pot works with the tiny hair-like cilia cells in the nasal and sinus cavities.  Cilia cells wave back and forth to move mucus back toward the throat or forward into the nose to be blown out. The saline solution in neti pots helps the increase the speed and efficiency of expelling mucus.

Neti Pot Use

The process is quite simple when using a neti pot. After preparing a simple saline solution of 2 cups lukewarm filtered, purified water and 1 teaspoon of salt the solution is added to the neti pot. Once filled, tilt your head at a 45 degree angle and place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril. Gently pour the saline solution, it will flow through your nasal cavity and out the opposite nostril. A bit of the saline solution may travel to your throat, simply spit it out. Be sure to blow your nose to remove any remaining saline solution before repeating the process in the opposite nostril.  Wash your neti pot and leave to air dry between uses.

If you are a chronic sufferer of sinus problems 3 times per week or as frequently as daily will help relieve your symptoms.

Side effects are rare and minor when they do occur. Nose bleeds or nasal irritation may occur. Reducing the frequency or concentration of salt in the saline solution will alleviate these minor side effects. To prevent infection, always use clean purified or bottled water.

 
This ceramic neti pot is my favorite and one that I use when the need arises. However, if you prefer a plastic neti pot the NeilMed NasaFlo Unbreakable Neti Pot with 50 Premixed Packets is a great choice.

 

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