I broke out my neti pot after a long haitus a few weeks ago, and it’s really helped with the seasonal congestion and sinus garbage that I’d started to feel recently. Using a neti pot is one of those habits that I used to practice religiously, and then I sort of forgot why I started using it, so I stopped. Ever break a good habit like that?
Let me bring you up to speed on my sinus issues: I’ve had chronic problems for decades and I’ve tried every remedy pharmaceutical and otherwise–short of surgery–that’s on the market. I was one of those lucky Seldane users who later was informed that stuff was toxic (just to my liver!) and had to go back to not breathing until the advent of Flonase and Claratin and the like. That was around the time when I started exploring alternatives besides what Big Pharma had to offer.
I’ll do another post on some of the other methods that are working for me right now, but I wanted to give props to the lowly, cheap, neti pot for being ever loyal, waiting for me in the shower to come back.
The neti pot can be a little challenging to use at first, which is why I use mine in the shower–no mess. But after you get the hang of it, it’s all down hill. Why bother, you ask? Here’s a few of my favorite reasons.
1. It’s the closest I get here in Northern Virginia to that “beach nostril” feeling. You know, that unencumbered breathing that you get on beach vacations when sand and salt merge to create a mineral bath that liberates mucus and makes your forget you have sinuses? That’s reason number one to get a neti pot!
2. Your homemade seasalt mixture has an astringent and cleansing effect on your nasal passages, washing away the nasties that might later infect you if you are susceptible. Or, if “nasties” is too non-clinical for ya, here’s what Web MD has to say: “A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems”
3. It gets results. I just feel better when my sinuses are functioning better. If you are also a sufferer, you know exactly what I am talking about. Even my husband, who had the “miracle” sinus surgery, uses the neti pot to keep his passages clear.
If you want to get your own neti, they have them on Amazon, and you can see what I use at this link.
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