A neti pot is used for nasal irrigation to clear up mucus which gets blocked due to sinus infections. It clears up any congestion in the nasal passage. This practice originated in India, where people do it as a form of purification technique before performing yoga. In this technique, a neti pot, which is a small pot with a long narrow spout on one end and a handle on the other, is used to hold water. The water is then poured through the spout into one nostril, and it comes out through the other. Although you might first find the whole idea of pouring water through your nostrils a little weird and strange, many people suffering from chronic sinus infections have greatly benefited through the regular use of neti pot.
How to Use a Neti Pot
Here is a list of a few items that you will require for this technique. The first thing that you will need is a neti pot. They are available in many different sizes and materials, but the most common ones are made of ceramic. Purchase a neti pot in a size that is neither too big or too small, with a long spout. Pots are available with handles as well as without them. I would suggest buying one with a handle so that you are able to tilt it and pour the water without any difficulty. You will also need coarse sea salt or common salt for mixing with the water.
Boil some water in a pot and allow it to cool down, so that it is lukewarm and comfortable enough to be poured through your nose. To be on the safer side, test the temperature of the water. Now add a tablespoon of sea salt into the water and stir it well until the salt has fully dissolved. Pour the lukewarm water into the neti pot and stand near a sink. Tilt your head to the left side and place the spout into your right nostril. With your index finger, seal in the right nostril buy applying a mild pressure. Breathe through the mouth and try not to make any movement when you are doing this technique.
The next step is to pour a steady stream of water through the right nostril, keeping the spout fully sealed by your left nostril and your finger. The water will slowly come out through your left nostril and fall into the sink. Continue to breathe through the mouth while you are pouring water through the right nostril. After half of the water is over, remove the pot from your nostril and stand up straight. Blow your nose gently, to dislodge any water or mucus that might be in it. Remember not to blow too hard or water may get inside your ear tubes and sinuses. Now, tilt your head to the right side and pour the rest of the water from the neti pot through the left nostril. The water will come out from the right nostril, and after all the water is exhausted, you can stand up and blow your nose gently. You might need to repeat this several times in order to dislodge all the mucus that is blocking your nose. The best time to practice neti pot is in the morning when your nose feels stuffy and blocked.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be replaced for the advice of a medical professional.