Vegan Health The Nasal Pot Many of you may have seen Dr. Oz on the Oprah Show. During one segment, the Nasal Pot or Neti Pot was demonstrated by an audience member. She held the small porcelain pot filled with warm water and sea salt and placed the tip of the pot into one nostril while leaning forward over a bowl. The water entered her nasal passage and passed through the sinus cavity and exited through the opposite nostril. When I saw it I thought it would give the woman a burning sensation, but she said it was not painful. She blew her nose and felt great.
Well, needless to say, I wanted to try this out. Especially for my husband, RobART, who suffers from a deviated septum and sometimes has allergies. I shopped around and found the best prices for the Neti Pots were found at iHerb.com. I'm able to pass on a$5 OFF coupon for new shoppers at iHerb.com. Simply use this code: BET563 when you check out. Not only will you save $5, but you'll save anywhere from 10 to 40% on items that you probably buy at heath food stores.
The sensation of water filling your sinus cavity is not like getting a snoot full of salt water at the beach! No, using a Neti Pot is soothing and gentle. A clean feeling is the end result after using the Neti Pot. And after RobART used it, that night he snored less.
This Nasal Pot is an ancient yogic cleansing technique for rinsing out the nasal cavity with a warm salt water solution. For many in India and South East Asia it is a daily performed cleansing process like brushing your teeth. I find it very useful after going to the city for the day... we live in the mountains, elevation 5,000 feet, and the city air is polluted and we feel it when returning home. If you work outside in a dusty or polluted environment, you'll really notice the difference after the first use of a Neti Pot.
When I've had a cold, the warm water solution opens my sinuses and gives instant relief to my cold symptoms.
The Benefits of the Nasal "Neti Pot" Treatment
improved sinus help
improved sense of smell and taste for some users
less post-nasal drip
fewer chronic sinus infections
moistens dry nasal passages
common colds avoided or duration shortened
great for removing that dry feeling after an airline flight
The Neti Pot is NOT a substitute for medical treatment. If you suffer from chronic inflammation of the nasal passages or have ear, nose, or throat disorders, seek medical attention.
I personally use one NetiXlear packet for creating a "burn free" neti pot experience. The Xylitol with the sea salt in warm water creates a very soothing solution with NO BURNING sensation!
How to Use a Neti Pot
Fill the Pot
Fill the purchased nasal pot with warm water and add one the contents of one NetiXlear packet or a 1/4 teaspoon of a fine ground sea salt.
Dissolve the Sea Salt
Stir this warm salt solution until you see no crystals left in the solution.
Sink or Shower
You can do the application in the shower or over a sink.
Lean forward in the shower or over a sink.
Tilt your head to the side and slightly down... the chin and the forehead should be level with each other.
Insert the spout of the Neti pot into the nostril creating a complete seal with the spout.
Tilt the Neti Pot so that the saline solution begins to flow into that nostril, through the nasal passages into the sinus cavity and out the lower nostril.
Continue to breathe through your mouth... if water is flowing out your mouth, lean forward more and tilt you head to the side a few more degrees.
Practice makes this easier.
I use half a pot on each nostril... some may want to use an entire pot full on each nostril, but that is your call.
If the water seems to be blocked and the flow won't start, tilt your head more, lean forward more and adjust the tip of the pot inside the nostril.
After rinsing both nostrils, gently blow your nose with both nostrils open. You may want to lean forward while gently blowing.
Problems A Burning Sensation
A burning sensation can result from the water being too hot and/or too much sea salt added.
If you feel sharp pains due to pressure on the sinuses, stop immediately and consult a doctor.
If you experience ear discomfort after blowing your nose, blow your nose more gently with both nostrils open. If the discomfort persists, discontinue using the Neti Pot.
The Travel Neti Pot
This is an unbreakable travel version of the Neti Pot for those who want to take it on the road. It's also great for using in the shower with children. iHerb.com offers this version in a natural bioplastic.