Tuesday, April 20, 2010

the neti pot

Let me introduce you to the neti pot. Neti pots flush out your nasal cavities with the help of a warm saline/bi-carb tonic, relieving hayfever, sinusitis, pregnancy rhinitis and other nasal problems. With your head over a sink or bowl you gently insert the spout of the pot into one nostril, tilt your head to the side and let the tonic run down and through the other nostril into the bowl. I know, not the most appealing home remedy, but if you're still with me...

In the past, neti pots were used in yoga to assist in clearing the nasal passages in preparation for pranayama (breathing exercises). For the past year I have been plagued with sinusitis attacks (I haven't quite figured out which Australian flora I am allergic to), and because I really dislike taking any kind of allergy medication, the neti pot has been a real saviour to me.

If you experience a lot of allergies through the seasons, I highly recommend giving one a go. There are a variety you can buy, I got my white ceramic one at the local health food store. You can also find them online. Like anything, use it in moderation. I use my neti pot when I am feeling blocked on one side- once in the evening and once when I wake up. It also keeps my nasal passages moist and clean, which can be a challenge when your frolicking in sandpits all day.



Amanda said...

i tried this for the first time the other day! when i have had bad allergies i haven't wanted to but the other day it was sort of medium so i tried it and it was fine. although not sure about the impact on my ears. they felt weird after. I have a neti pot but actually used a NeilMed sinus rinse bottle which you don't have to tip up, you gently squeeze it.

dixiebelle said...

Oh,thanks for the reminder.. I must use mine again, as I am partial to clogged up nasal passages in this season! It's sitting right in front of me in the ensuite cupboard, but I found it hard getting the right temp & saltiness, or otherwise it caused stinging... must work on it this season!!

Anonymous said...

Try the nasopure system. Again, you don't have to tilt your head at all. Simple enough for kids to use!

Drewzel said...

This is off topic, but wanted to say here THANK YOU so much for my pincushion swap! I loved my pincushion and all the extra thoughtful bits you sent. And vintage recycled! Hooray!
Thanks again xx Steph

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