Neti Pot CleansingThe word neti is Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing.” In the traditions of Ayurveda, a natural medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago, jala neti is the cleansing of the nasal passages with salt water. If you experience nasal allergies or sinus symptoms (congestion, headaches, pressure), or if you just get a lot of colds, nasal irrigation with a neti pot may be one option for relief. When you flush out your nasal passages with warm salt water, you encourage blocked-up mucus to get a move on out of your sinuses, alleviating pressure and congestion and discouraging the accumulation of bacteria that can cause sinusitis.
How to use the neti pot?
Step 1. Use warm distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to fill the neti pot
Step 2. Stir in a quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt.
Step 3. Stand over the sink or a basin. Tilt your head to one side and place the lip of the neti pot’s spout just inside of your top nostril. Breathe through your mouth. Tip the neti pot up until the water begins to flow slowly in through one nostril and then down and out into the basin through the other nostril. Let the water flow for about 20 to 30 seconds.
Step 4. Switch sides.The neti pots are available for $12.50 at the reception of Kawai Purapura.
Blog by Marjolein van Leeuwen