What is a neti pot?
It is a small container that often looks like a small, oddly shaped tea pot that is used to pour salinated water through the nasal cavities to help clear them of mucus and allergens and soothe inflamed tissue. It can be used when you have a cold or sinus congestion or even when there is a lot of pollen in the air that may be causing you grief. Many of us at HL swear by this!
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Using a neti pot is simple. You’ll need a neti pot, sterile water and non-iodized, pure salt.
Make sure you are using distilled water or water that has been boiled and cooled to at least be lukewarm.
Add 1/4 t. of salt, such as Himalayan pink salt to 1 cup of the sterile water. FYI, table salt often contains other ingredients that are irritating to the nasal passages. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the water, which will make the solution a little gentler on your nose. If you prefer, you can also buy pure sodium chloride (such as Neti Salt brand) specifically for use in the neti pot.
Once you have your cup of sterile, salted water, pour half of it into the neti pot. Stand at the sink, bend forward and then tilt your head to the side so one ear is over the sink. Put the tip of the neti pot in the upper nostril and pour. The water will flow throw the upper nostril and then out of the lower nostril and into the sink. Repeat on the other side. You’ll probably need to blow your nose after each flushing.
That’s it! Neti is simple to do. Try it!