The Neti pots can be traced back and have been used for thousands of years in India. There it was used in Hatha yoga as a cleansing technique. In yoga science, the neti pot is used to help balance the sixth chakra which lies between eyebrows. It is believed that clear breathing can lead to clear thinking. Nowadays, people use it for sinus relief but neti pot health benefits can be numerous.
What are the neti pot health benefits?
Nasal and sinus cavities are covered by very small hair-like structures also known as cilia. These structures move back and forth to push mucus out of the cavities. The neti pot works more forcefully than blowing your nose. A saline solution thins the mucus and helps improve the coordination and speed of the cilia. This way it more effectively flushes bacteria, allergens, and infection-causing mucus out of the sinuses.
Neti pot health benefits are numerous. It is especially helpful for people with frequent colds, chronic respiratory congestion, and sinus headaches or pressure.
Nasal irrigation with neti pot supports overall respiratory health since it:
- Provides relief for nasal dryness
- Supports a healthy upper respiratory system
- Removes excess mucous
- Flushes away pollen, dust, and other irritants
- Maintains a healthy nasal and sinus lining
- Keeps your head refreshed and clear
Acute or chronic sinusitis is characterized by a nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, cough and sometimes nausea. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens or an autoimmune reaction. Neti pots can help reduce the symptoms of sinusitis, the medication costs, and amount of medications people use.
Irrigation flushes away mucus, pollen, dust and other irritants out of the nasal cavity and improves the airflow through the nose. Studies show that nasal irrigation reduces the causes of allergic inflammation.(1)
Viral infections of upper respiratory tract
Just by using a neti pot you can relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, and other respiratory infections. It also can prevent from getting an infection and shorten the symptom duration.
Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend nasal irrigation. It keeps the nasal cavity clean, helps moisturize the mucous membranes, and promotes healing. It also can reduce the use of antibiotics.
A traditional neti pot looks like a genie’s lamp or like a small teapot. It’s filled with a mild solution of salt water, which is then poured through the nostrils. This helps to remove encrusted material and moisten the nasal mucous membranes.
How To Use the Neti Pot?
To use the Neti pot mix about 16 ounces of lukewarm water (previously boiled, distilled, or sterile) with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Once the Neti pot is ready to use, tilt your head at about a 45-degree angle over the sink. Put the spout into your top nostril, and gently pour the solution into the nostril.
The solution will pass through your nasal cavity and out of the other nostril. If it runs into your throat just spit it out. After you finish with the procedure with the first nostril, blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid. Repeat the procedure on the other side.
It is important to
- Use only previously boiled, distilled, or sterile water
- Rinse and to let the neti pot dry after each use
- Throw it away if you notice any cracks on it
- Don’t share your neti pot with anyone