Origins of the Neti Pot
The word “neti” is Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing,” used in Ayurvedic traditions, which harness a more natural approach to healing and wellness. Also known as a “nose bidet” (although I prefer neti pot, thanks), it essentially provides a way to pour warm water into your nose, which stimulates your sinuses and clears out mucus.
Do we really need it?
Generally, your sinuses are built to be able to clean themselves, and if not, we give it a little help by blowing our nose. But if you experience blockage or sinusitis, the neti pot is an option.
How to use it:
- Fill the neti pot with warm water and add in a quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt. Stir until dissolved.
- Stand over a sink, and tilt your head to one side.
- Place the end of the spout of the neti pot into your top nostril.
- Be sure to breathe through your mouth.
- 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.
Do note, if you have certain nasal or sinus issues, first check with your physician, specialist and naturopath to see if the neti pot is right for you. For more information on the neti pot, explore Jala Neti, a website dedicated to the details.