I have been using my neti pot inconsistently for about 20 years (see can't keep a habit). I love using it. It really helps with my allergies and to keep me from getting sinus infections. I don't know about you, but those are some big benefits. I tend to forget about the easy solutions that I have available to me for my health. I keep seeking even when the solution sits on my shower shelf. Josh and the other end, uses it everyday. He is so good at habits, it's crazy. He has a natural ability when it comes to the the habit loop.
So you say you have never tried a neti pot? Here's the lowdown.
➀ Neti removes all the dirt and bacteria filled mucus from within our nose.
➁ It can help drain the sinus cavities. Which can relieve you of sinus infections, hayfever and other upper respiratory problems like sore throat, coughs, post nasal drip, and inflammation of your tonsils.
➂ It can assist you in not being a hillbilly mouth breather.
➃ It can help protect you from middle ear infections.
➄ Flushes toxins out of your nasal cavity, which everyone can benefit from.
➀ Get a neti pot. This is the one I have, but you can get plastic or fancy pottery style ones. I tend to think that limiting our exposure to plastic is a good idea, but you should also be careful to ask about the types of glazes used on fancy pottery styles. They can have heavy metals and chemicals that you don't want in your nose.
➁ Prepare your water. I use filtered water out of the the tap, because it's easier for me, which means I will actually do it. If you want to know more about water use in your neti go here.
➂ Add your solution. I use ¼ of a teaspoon, but some people use ½ teaspoon. Find what is right for you. Too little or too much can feel uncomfortable. I also make my own solution. Recipe below.
➃ Use it. I like to put a drop of sesame oil in each nostril to lubricate and it seems to help a little more with my allergies. It's not necessary. One of my favorite videos on how to irrigate your nostrils is up above. Natalie isn't using a neti pot, but she's having a great time and doing the K sound which I find to be beneficial.
➄ Don't blow your nose in a traditional way after using the neti pot. You will blow water into your ears and it can hurt. I find that bending over allows most of the remnants to drain out.
NETI POT SOLUTION
2:1 Kosher salt to Aluminum free baking soda. Mix and store in an airtight container. I keep mine in the shower.