Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation System
If you have ever dealt with or are currently dealing with sinus problems, you know how awful facial pain and clogged nasal passages can be. In search of relief, many sinus sufferers have started using nasal saline irrigation, a technique that uses a salt and water mixture to clear out the nasal passages.
One of the most popular nasal irrigation tools is the Neti pot, a ceramic pot that looks like a small teapot crossed with a Genie’s lamp. Nasal irrigation using the Neti pot has been around for centuries, coming originally from the Ayurvedic tradition.
Ear, nose, and throat surgeons are recommending nasal irrigation with a Neti pot or other method for their patients who have had sinus surgery, to wash away any crusting in the nasal passages. People with sinus irritation from allergies and environmental pollutants found that using the Neti pot helps alleviate congestion, facial pain and pressure. The Neti pot thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages.
When I first moved to Calgary from Toronto, I suffered from regular nose bleeds and experienced my first sinus infection, due to it being so incredibly dry here. After going through that pain, I vowed never to find myself in that position again. Therefore, I use my Neti pot all year. It has made a huge difference!
Seeing as I am an aromatherapy enthusiast, I decided to create a recipe for my Neti pot using Celtic Sea Salt, combined with the Essential Oils of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree (Melaleuca).
Eucalyptus provides relief for pain and inflammation of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, sinus pain, and respiratory infections.
Tea Tree is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, making it very helpful guarding against infections.
Neti Pot Recipe
Glass Mason Jar or small glass jar, sterilized
2 Tbsp. Celtic Sea Salt – any natural, unprocessed sea salt will work
5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a small jar.
Put a pinch in your clean Neti pot, add warm, not hot, water. You only need a pinch in your Neti pot. Seriously, just a pinch!
Once you've filled the Neti pot, tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle. Place the spout into your top nostril, and gently pour the salt and essential oil solution into that nostril.
The fluid will flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril. It may also run into your throat. If this occurs, just spit it out.
Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid.
Refill the Neti pot and repeat the process on the other side. It's important to rinse the Neti pot after each use.
You can use the Neti pot daily, or up to 3 times a week. You will quickly figure out what works best for you.
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The information contained here is for educational & informational purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice or to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any condition or illness.