The first time I heard about a neti pot was in Queen Afua's book Heal Thyself. It was year later that I stumbled across one in an asian store in Chicago. I took it home and it sat a few years before I got the courage to actually try it. I used to have bronchitis or strep throat every year, around this time of year when I was younger. As an adult I changed my eating habits and remained healthy for years.
Now I use my neti pot seasonally, during the change of season that is. I have a complete cleansing ritual I do for myself to clear as much toxins and mucus from my body every spring, summer and fall.
Neti pot is good for anyone who suffers with allergy, congestion, breathing difficulties. It will cleanse the nasal cavities and reduce sinus inflammation.
After using a neti pot you will breathe easier, your sense of smell will increase. Your head may feel lighter or more clear as well.
It is important to follow the directions and use distilled water to avoid injury.
Clean you neti pot before and after each use. Use castille or black soap with baking soda to kill any germs.
Boil 2-3 cups of filtered or distilled water for at least 5 minutes
Let the water cool and add neti pot pre packaged solution or 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 8 ounces of water.
Mix solution and fill pot a little more than half full. Stand over bathroom sink.
Tilt yourself comfortably over the sink, with one ear towards the ceiling, and one ear towards the ground. Your head should be horizontal.
Insert the Neti-Pot spout into your upper nostril. Ensure that the spout is fully inserted so it cannot spill out of your upper nostril, and slowly tilt the pot to a pouring position. Breathe through your mouth, and relax. It will take a few seconds for the water to start dripping out of your other nostril.
Once half of the solution is used stop and blow your nose. Repeat the process on the other nostril.
When you are done, blow your nose. do not force it be gentle with yourself.
Rinse out your Neti-Pot and let it air dry.
Remember, you can use your Neti-Pot as frequently or infrequently as you need.
Nia Yaa, founder of Ra Sekhi Arts Temple...we are here to promote health and wellness....natural living....love...joy...and MAAT