How to Use a Neti Pot

By | August 28, 2009
How to Use a Neti Pot

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Use a neti pot daily to prevent sinus infections and promote easy breathing.

Warning
If you suffer from chronic nose bleeds, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum, talk to a health care provider to make sure using a neti pot won’t make your condition worse.

Step 1: Purchase a neti pot
Purchase a neti pot. They are available online or at health food stores and are usually ceramic, plastic, or metal.

Step 2: Prepare a saline solution
Prepare a saline solution by filling the neti pot with one cup of lukewarm water, and then adding the salt to the pot.

Tip
Extremely hot or cold water and iodized salt can cause irritation and discomfort.

Step 3: Insert spout into nostril
Lean over the sink or a bowl, and turn your head to the left 90 degrees, so your right ear is parallel to the floor. Insert the neti pot’s spout into your left nostril, so that it forms a seal.

Step 4: Pour solution through nasal passage
Breathing through your open mouth only, pour the solution into your left nostril and let it flow out through the right nostril into the sink or bowl.

Step 5: Exhale through both nostrils
Once the neti pot is empty, exhale firmly through both nostrils to clear all water from your nasal passage.

Tip
If you blow into a tissue, don’t pinch your nostrils closed.

Step 6: Refill and repeat
Refill the neti pot and repeat the procedure with the other nostril.

Did You Know?
Neti pots have been used in India as part of ayurveda and yoga traditions for thousands of years.


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