A watering can for your nose? Eeeks! Whoever came up the idea must be drunk or highly tormented. Maybe, highly tormented with dripping nostrils, watery eyes and sneezing? There is no relief and even prescription drugs cannot fully address the problem. In desperation, the water can idea was born, perhaps?
So, it was, someone came up with the idea of a Neti pot to ease nasal complications. You can thank the Indians for this ingenious invention. The word Neti actually comes from traditional medical term, jala neti, which means nasal cleansing.
If you’re an allergy or sinus sufferer, you may be acquainted with the Neti pot. It works like a watering can, looks like a cross between Aladdin’s lamp and a teapot and many holistic practitioners may recommend you try one.
Neti pots works as a vessel by which you irrigate your nasal passages and in the process flush out the allergens that are causing all the classic symptoms of allergy. Allergens in the forms of pollen, mold, pet dander, even smoke can irritate the mast cells lining the nasal passages and cause them to produce antihistamines to protect the body. Naturally, you want to get rid of these allergens and prevent them from triggering the release of antihistamines. That where the Neti pot comes in–use it to flush out allergens, bacteria and mucous.
How do you use it? The steps are simple and once you get used to it, it’s as easy and natural as brushing your teeth. Here’s how:
1. Use a quarter to half a teaspoon of noniodized salt to 8 ounces of warn water. Mix them thoroughly in the Neti pot.
2. Stand over a sink, incline your head at 45 degrees and put spout in one nostril and allow the water to drain through the other nostril.
3. Repeat with the other nostril.
4. Gently blow to clear nasal passages completely.
Use Neti pots about twice a day during allergy season, especially in the morning and after spending time outdoors. An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy found that nasal flushing is a mild and effective way of treating seasonal allergies and can markedly reduce the use of antihistamines.
You can purchase a Neti pot from most health and drug stores and online. They are relatively inexpensive and maybe a viable option to treating allergies without taking medication.