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7 Reasons To Use A Neti Pot
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What Is A Neti Pot?
LOL… well that is a neti pot, however, I am not sure letting the cat drink from it is wise (obviously this was for comedic effect only).
Neti pots have been around for what seems like an eternity. This was the first method of nasal irrigation available.
They have been a part of the yoga scene (jala-neti) for over 5,000 years as a way to prepare the body for meditation & pranayama (breathing exercises).
Himalayan yogis use the neti pot daily to help them achieve a higher meditative state. They also feel that using a neti pot could help them see less addiction and improve moods.
7 Reasons You Should Use A Neti Pot
- Improved breathing! Breath is literally our tether to life. That means we should all use a neti pot, yeah?
- Do you suffer with seasonal allergies or allergies to dust, dander, or the elements outdoors? Using a neti pot will remove allergens from the nasal passageways to offer allergy relief.
- Congested from a cold, flu, or sinusitis? Then, incorporating the use of a neti pot can offer some great relief for your upper respiratory system.
- Kick mucus in the pants! We need a little mucus to keep things lubricated & flowing…but too much mucus & we’re in trouble. So, using a neti pot can reduce mucus overload.
- Can’t taste your food or bevvie? Our sense of taste is connected to our sense of smell. Being congested can hugely impact our ability to taste. Therefore, irrigating & cleansing the nasal passages can help to restore your sense of taste.
- Ever get a sinus-related headache? Cleansing the sinuses with a neti pot can help to provide relief from sinus headaches.
- Do you or someone you live with snore? I have lived with & loved snorers all my life. Sleep is VERY important. This is when we do the majority of our healing/restoring. Even the person who is snoring is seeing a reduced quality of sleep. That means we need to support our snoring loved ones & introduce them to a neti pot!
Seeing those 7 reasons should inspire you to own a neti pot for those “just in case shit” moments. LOL
What To Use In Your Neti Pot
Let’s talk about water!
You don’t want to use water straight from the tap due to it having many bacteria & chemical treatments.
According to this article by Dr. Josh Axe, Naegleria Fowleri is a deadly bacteria that causes a brain infection, and ain’t nobody got time for that!
If you’re in a bind and don’t have access to distilled or sterile water, which is ideal for use of a neti pot, then it’s best to boil the tap water for 3-5 minutes. Please see the rest of this article before using plain ole tap water, though!
The Mayo Clinic says:
You don’t need to buy a manufactured solution to use in a neti pot. A homemade solution works just as well. Use water that’s labeled distilled or sterile to prevent infections that can occur with other types of water. You can use tap water if it’s been boiled and cooled until lukewarm. Tap water that’s been filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller also can be used to make irrigation solution.
The way that I use my neti pot is to use my reverse osmosis water, boil it for 3-5 minutes & then allow it to cool.
What Type Of Neti Pot Should I Buy?
Plastic is a huge enemy of the planet. We have been misled by terminology like BPA-free.
BPA is awful, don’t get me wrong…but it has sent manufacturers out to find something that offers the same elements of BPA.
So now, we are witnessing chemicals being used that offer just as many health repercussions.
The “new kids on the block” & commonly used chemicals in plastic are:
- Bisphenol-S (BPS)
- Diphenyl sulfone
However, there are over 50 “new kids” according to this article by Science Mag.
Sorry, not sorry that I speaking out against the use of plastic.
You’re saying, “OK Christy…plastic is bad, I get it!” LOL
What material should your neti pot be made of?
CERAMIC! The first neti pots were made of clay and bronze.
What Solution Do You Use In The Neti Pot?
It’s very important to understand that table salt in your neti pot is NOT recommended. Hell, I don’t recommend table salt for ANY reason.
The salt needs to be a non-iodized salt. My favorite (as well as many other neti pot users) is Himalayan pink salt.
Some folks like to add a pinch of baking soda to the mixture, and it works out quite well as long as you use baking soda that is mined from the earth & not chemically made in a lab like Arm -n- Hammer or other generic brands.
Typically, I use Bob’s Red Mill because they are amazing with the transparency of ingredients.
Please remember to practice good hygiene with your neti pot use.
Clean it with sterile water after each use. Store in a clean space or rinse with sterile water before each use.
It’s also not a great idea to share your neti pot with others.
If you’re using the neti pot due to a viral issue like a cold or flu, I would rinse it out with sterile water, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe it all down inside & out, & then rinse it with sterile water again.
For non-viral use, I use hydrogen peroxide to wipe the entire neti pot down before & after use.
I am going to close this blog article with my recipe for neti pot solution.
Sending you awesome wellness wishes, love & light! Have an amazing day, love!
Neti Pot Solution
- 3/4 cup Himalayan pink salt
- 1/4 cup Natural/Pure Baking Soda
- 8 oz Distilled, Sterile, Or Reverse Osmosis Water see instructions
- First, you will want a clean & sterile glass container to store your dry ingredients.
- In a clean mixing bowl, add the bicarbonate soda (baking soda) & Himalayan pink salt. Using a clean spoon, mix the ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed. Then, scoop the mixture into your clean glass container. I like to label the container so I know what it is.
- Every time you use your neti pot, you will use 1/2 tsp (to 8oz or 250 ml of water) of this mixture in pretty warm water so that it dissolves.
- If you are using distilled or sterile water, you will just want to warm it up so that the salt & baking soda dissolve. After it cools, then you can use your neti pot.
- If you are using reverse osmosis water as I do, you will want to boil the water 3-5 minutes, then add in your 1/2 tsp salt/baking soda mixture to it so that it can dissolve. Then, allow it to cool. Finally, add the dissolved, cooled solution to your neti pot to use for nasal irrigation.