Neti pot is regarded as the world’s best natural solution for relieving sinusitis and home remedy to other problems with the nasal passageways.
This ancient Indian tradition for nasal irrigation has already been proven to be super effective as long as you know how to use it properly.
The Steps to Using Neti Pot
1. First of all, make sure that you use a clean and dry Neti Pot. It is recommended to keep it sanitized with a soap and hot water. Completely air dry the Neti pot before using it. This step is so crucial because unclean Neti pots could be a possible niche of some local bacteria.
2. Second step is to make a clean saline solution and water. All you need is ¼ teaspoon of finely ground kosher salt in Neti pot with 8 ounces of warm purified, heated, or filtered water. Make sure that the salt is well dissolved. Never use tap water as it contains amoebas and usual table salt can irritate your nose.
3. Third step is to get into the pose of the Jala Neti. Bend over the sink and make sure that you turn your head to the side facing the sink. Your forehead should be at the same level as the chin or even higher. You can make the saline solution flow out of your opposite nostril by simply turning your head slightly.
4. Fourth step is to breathe through your mouth so as to close off your throat and mouth, allowing the water in.
5. Fifth step is to hold the Neti Pot in such a way that it form a seal so as to prevent the water from coming back to the entrance. Make sure to empty half of the pot per nostril.
6. Sixth step is to just repeat the procedure to the other side.
7. Seventh step is the removal of the excess water. Rest your head and gently blow your nose with a tissue over the sink. Patiently wait until the dripping of water from your nose subsides.
8. Lastly, clean your Neti pot after use. Give it a final wash with soap and warm water. Let it air dry before storing.
In the beginning, Jala Neti or the yogic technique of sinus rinsing may look intimidating to perform on your own. It may even take some time and practice before you can master it. However, as long as you have a clean Neti pot, a good location, well-made saline solution and you followed the steps to proper execution of Jala Neti, you’ll be perfectly fine!