Heard of a Neti Pot? Do what to my sinuses? A Neti pronounced “net-tee” is a small sinus irrigation tool that resembles a magic lamp. You know the one that a genie comes out of and grants your most desired wish. Where the Neti pot originated seems to be from Ayurvedic tradition.
A 2007 study at the University of Michigan analyzed 121 adults with chronic nasal and sinus problems. Over a two month period scientists found that people who irrigated their nasal passages found relief and reduced their need for steroid sprays.
Unlike a spray up the nose the Neti Pot allows the water to gently flow up one nostril down the other. A mild warm saline (salt) solution is mixed up in the Neti Pot and the tip of the pot is placed in one nostril. As you tilt your head and breathe through your mouth the warm salty water will flow through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.
Why Use A Nasal Rinse?
• Breathe clearly and freely
• Remove excess mucus
• Cleanse the nasal passages of dust, pollen, and irritants
• Relieve dryness
So where can I get a Neti Pot?
Health food stores have them and I am told at larger retail stores you may find a plastic one. I have seen handmade ceramic Neti Pots at craft fairs.
A word of caution: Nasal irrigation will clear your sinuses and allow you to improve your sense of smell. So if you don’t really desire to smell the roses…I suggest you skip this treatment! Remember a nasal wash is not a substitute for medical treatment. Anyone with chronic inflammation or throat disorders should seek medical attention. And, maybe use the Neti Pot along with medication.
Judith Toscano, ND, Doctor of Natural Remedies
The Wellness Cottage
104 Via Avenue
Stuart, VA 24171