Whoa, Neti

I’ve got a bit of a head cold. Nothing serious; just enough to be annoying.

I clean my sinuses out via nasal irrigation with a Neti Pot. Neti-Pot

Nasal irrigation, or nasal lavage or nasal douche, is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses.  (From Wikipedia)

Yep, it’s as gross as it sounds. But it helps so much to clean all the gunk out.

Not only do I use it during and after a cold, I also use it a lot during allergy season. And I use it when it’s abnormally dry to moisturize my sinuses.

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I fill my neti pot with warm water and pinch of a blend of 50% salt and 50% baking soda. Most recipes use just salt, but I read a post by Dr. Andrew Weil where he mentioned that adding baking soda helps achieve a better pH balance. For me, the blend of the two gives the most soothing results.

I pour the solution into  one nostril and it magically goes through my sinuses and comes out the other nostril.
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It’s not the most graceful thing I do in and of a day, so I generally do it while ALONE in the bathroom.

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Lots of people neti. 🙂

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Should you decide to give a net a try, you can get one in a plethora of colors. selection of colours

But if you get squeamish at the scientific curiosity of seeing all the amazing things that come of while neti-ing, you might just want to say, “Whoa, neti!”

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6 thoughts on “Whoa, Neti”

  1. Feel better soon! Did you ever buy saline solution already made up? Pretty cool and no more worrying about too much or too little salt!

  2. I only tried the neti pot once. I had the worst nonstop bloody nose on the way to court afterward for about 20 minutes. It must have been a sight for the other drivers to see a woman in a suit frantically trying to drive while tilting her head gripping the nose in the part to make it stop (theoretically in my case) with Kleenex after Kleenex being shoved up my nostrils. Fortunately, by the time I parked my car, the blood stopped flowing. I guess I have Dad’s susceptibility to nose bleeds. I used to get them all them time as a kid, too.

    Dan and Priscilla use the neti pot a lot, too. It really helps them.

      1. Really, not one bloody nose?! Dad would tell me how he used to get bloody noses all the time so the doctor cauterized the inside of his nose. I really didn’t want that to happen so Mom made me drink lots of gelatin mixed into juice…. I don’t know if it worked, or if I just stopped letting them know when I got bloody noses…

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