WHAT: Neil Med Neti Pot is a saline nasal irrigation system that is used to soothe and clear your sinuses and alleviate allergies.
WHY: The Neti (Sanskrit for nasal cleansing) Pot comes from ancient Ayurvedic traditions from India (and is said to be more than 5,000 years old). A Neti-Pot, a ceramic pot that looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin’s magic lamp, is an essential for natural healing of sinus infections, allergies, head colds, excess mucous or just feeling stuffed up. Add water (not hot!) water and sea salt and gently pour though your nasal canals… warning if you are congested it’s likely you will see the mucous exiting your nostril.
WHERE: Available online at NeilMed or at most health food store, or local CVS or Walgreens… ceramic is better than plastic but they will both work.
Neil Med Neti Potcomes with single-use sinus rinse packets so you don’t have to measure (just add warm water and mix together)
THE VERDICT: Whenever I feel a cold coming on (especially sinus headache or congestion) I RUN to my neti pot – it’s a true lifesaver. I’ll admit it’s odd and takes a little getting used to but you won’t regret it (so much easier than dealing with going to the Dr. and having to take antibiotics that throw your whole system off for weeks). Make sure you use quality sea salt in your neti because this will help to moisten you nasal passages and prevent drying and irritation. While I don’t use my neti everyday (but would be a great habit to start) I’ll use a neti up to 2-3x a day if I feel like I’m getting sick / have a cold.
Also check out Neil Med Sinus Rinse is an easy squeeze bottle for sinus relief while keeping your head in an upright position.
Note: make sure to clean your neti pot with warm water and soap after every use, and let dry upside down so water doesn’t sit at the bottom.
How To Use A Netipot
- Boil water and let cool to body temperature.
- Fill neti pot with the water and add in a pinch of non-iodized salt. Stir until dissolved.
- Stand over a sink, and tilt your head to one side.
- Take in a few practice breaths through your mouth to be conscious about not breathing in through the nose while using neti pot.
- Place the end of the spout of the neti pot into your top nostril.
- Tip it (like pouring tea) until the water flows slowly into your nostril and out the other.
- Let flow for about 20 seconds.
- Switch sides and repeat.