This topic is definitely not for the squeamish! For months, I have heard about the Neti pot and how it changed people’s lives so much that they don’t catch colds. Unfortunately this was very hard for me to grasp. Why do you ask? Well, first let’s start with the fact that I did not really understand what a Neti was, so out of ignorance I decided not to try it.
So, what the heck is a Neti? According Ancient Secrets, Neti is the practice of nasal irrigation that has been used by practitioners of Yoga and Ayurveda in India for hundreds of years. Nasal irrigation is the process by which excess mucous, dirt and other irritants are flushed out of the nose and sinus with water and a saline solution. In order to flush out this mucous, a Neti pot can be used.
What made me reconsider trying the Neti process, besides everyone singing praises, was the fact that I had a lot of mucous (oftentimes bloody) that appeared every time I blew my nose or sneezed. Also, I developed a cough, which occurred from the excess mucous that had drained to the back of my throat. So, after following videos and reading the instructions on the Neti pot box, I decided I was ready to give the Neti a try! At first glance, the Neti looked like a tea pot with an extra long spout, but of course it was different. The first time I tried it, I felt like I was going to choke; it almost felt like I as going to drown! The instructions stated to breathe through the mouth, but when I did that, I would somehow swallow also! I think it was because I was not relaxed. The second day I tried the Neti and it worked great!! How could I tell? Well, let’s just say, I had a lot of mucous! After clearing my nasal cavity, I felt the difference, I could take several deep breaths for starters. Also, my coughing was reduced tremendously!!
After reading about how the nasal cavity works and understanding the upper respiratory system, I am now a believer! The Neti pot is a must have for every family. We need to add nasal irrigation to the same schedule as brushing our teeth–it’s preventative maintenance. My Neti pot is made by Ancient Secrets and cost me about $13–because I was at a pricey store (but you can find them for a little less than $13). Also, there are other ways that you can achieve nasal irrigation without using a Neti pot, check out the video below for some other options.
For more information on Neti pots, nasal cavity, etc., here are some helpful links: