For those who suffer from recurrent sinus infections or other respiratory problems, the summer sun can bring with it a whole host of challenging irritants. From tree, grass, and ragweed pollen and other common allergens, to the increased exhaust fumes of summer travelers, and an uptick in new construction projects all around us, it’s no wonder our sinuses aren’t happy!
Luckily, we have a simple, natural solution that can help restore the normal function of your sinuses without the accompanying drowsiness and other nasty side effects of allopathic medications — and all without breaking the bank.
It’s called a Neti Pot
Nasal irrigation (using a neti pot/cup) has been used since antiquity as one of the most important of all preventative medical practices. The moisture provided through irrigation works to empty the sinuses of thick, infected mucus which collects there. Irrigation helps to restore normal sinus function. Neti pots/cups were used by ancient yogis who believed clear breathing led to clear thinking and by purifying the nose, a higher state of meditation could be achieved.
Just as you use your toothbrush to maintain clean healthy teeth and gums, using your neti pot/cup assures effective and entirely natural protection from breathing problems associated with sinusitis, colds, flu, and allergies.
How to use a Neti Pot:
Neti pots/cups can be used any time of the day – morning and evening on a daily basis or as needed, especially after activities where more allergens are introduced into the body (like being outside when the pollen count is high).
- Fill the Neti cup/pot with 4 oz. of lukewarm distilled water (Do NOT use water from the tap as contaminants may linger there, which can cause serious health issues and even death).
- Add to that a ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt and allow it to fully dissolve and mix with the water.
- Tilt your head sideways over a sink (or in the shower, it is less messy) and gently insert the spout into the upper nostril. Allow the fluid to flow in through and out the other nostril, let the water flow while breathing through your mouth. Some fluid may flow into the back of your throat, if this happens, simply spit it out and adjust your head position more forward so this does not happen again.
Where to buy a Neti Pot?
Don’t know where to find a neti pot? We sell them! And not just any old run of the mill plastic (we don’t recommend) or plain white ceramic Neti. Our Neti pots are hand cast, and glazed and are made of true vitrified porcelain — which has a low porosity that makes them not only more hygienic and durable than your average ceramic neti pot but the ideal. Not to mention, they’re beautiful and affordable.
Want one? Just check out our Neti Pot product page.