Looking Crazy: Neti Pot Your Way To Nasal Health (just don’t look in the mirror)

If you have ever used a Neti Pot, you can probably relate to how totally crazy you look while partaking in this Ayurvedic method of treating nasal congestion and sinus problems.

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This woman sort of captures the crazy factor of Neti Pot usage but I have to say, I’ve been a fan of nasal irrigation since my friend Jacqueline introduced it to me a few years ago (visit her awesome food blog here).  A Neti Pot is a small tea-pot like gadget which you fill with warm water (about 8 oz) and some salt (1/4th tsp for each 8 oz).  Like the woman above, you tilt your head forward about 45 degrees and tilt to the side – insert the Neti Pot spout into your nostril and wait for the water to drizzle out the other side.

Nasal IrrigationWhy would you ever want to use a Neti Pot?  The idea behind nasal irrigation is that it clears out the nasal passages from mucous but also potential environmental irritants.  People who have experienced sinus pressure and headaches to seem to find some relief through the use of Neti Pots because it helps to clear out the entire nasal cavity by thinning the mucous and allowing it flow out of the nostrils.

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The sense of relief that comes after a session with the Neti Pot is quite extraordinary…in fact, I couldn’t smell my delicious crock pot dinner until about 5 pm today when I irrigated my nasal cavity.  Let me tell you, it feels fresh and if you’re looking for a laugh, do make sure you look in the bathroom mirror while the spout is in your nostril.  Available at health food stores and many pharmacies.

THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)

“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.”

– Ayurvedic Proverb

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