Nurture Your Nose

Neti Pot 101

Between winter’s cold air and the allergies of spring and summer your sinuses can take a beating. Not to worry…there is a tried and true Ayurvedic ”solution” to this problem. The Neti Pot is a simple way to clean your sinuses and get rid of infection-causing bacteria. Neti Pot use helps relieve colds, allergies and sinus infections and is associated with stimulating the Ajna Chakra (third eye).

The key to the Neti Pot is using a saline solution mixed with warm, pure water. Dissolve the salt in the water and pour it up one nostril (over the bathroom sink). As the solution moves through the nasal passage to the other side and into your throat, spit the contents out. Then pour into the other nostril. You can mix your own nasal irrigation solution with equal portions of pure non-iodized salt and baking soda (for buffering). Enjoy the benefits of this ancient healing technique!

Recommendation: Himalayan Institute Original Neti Pot Complete Sinus Cleansing System Starter Kit


Fateh Singh commented on 24-Jan-2011 06:13 AM3 out of 5 stars

Sat Nam... err... Spit it out? I believe you are supposed to let it run out the opposite nostril by tilting your head forward and to the side, yes?

Akalsahai Singh commented on 31-Jan-2011 11:29 AM3 out of 5 stars

I began using a Neti Pot about 9 months ago. After two weeks of use, I developed the worse ear infection of my life. My eardrum was ruptured as a result. My ear still hasn't fully recovered. I'm fairly sure that the water didn't fully drain and traveled into my ear canal somehow. I'd recommend that people use this technique with caution. Best wishes.

Sarb Nam Kaur commented on 28-Mar-2011 01:23 PM3 out of 5 stars

Most of the water will come out the other nostril, but occasionally some water will go to the back of throat, and you should spit it out instead of swallowing it. Thanks for all the great feedback!

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