Neti Pot, Why When and How Often?

by Melissa West on November 2, 2016

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Neti Pot

neti-pot-why-when-and-how-oftenI’ve spoken about the magic of using a neti pot for nasal irrigation here on my channel quite a few times before:

Videos of Neti Pot mentions below the post

You simply fill a neti pot with a saline solution (a combination of boiled water that has cooled and a teaspoon of salt). You lean over a sink and you pour the solution into one nostril, the saline solution travels around the septum, and out the other nostril. There is no force, it just goes in one nostril and out the other.

There are scientific studies that show that nasal irrigation using the neti pot benefits:

  1. Allergies
  2. Sinusitis
  3. Sinus congestion
  4. Rhinorrhea (this is a fancy way of saying your nose is stuffed up, filled with mucous, or you have runny nose, this can occur from allergies or even the common cold)
  5. Sneezing
  6. Nasal itching

There have even been studies that have shown people have contracted less colds when they have used a neti pot regularly.

So the question is, how often should I use a neti pot?

While it is important to clear your nasal passages of mucus or environmental toxins such as pollutants and infectious agents, it is also important to remember that our nasal passages contain important immune cells and probiotic colonies. Remember this class? Yoga with Melissa Episode 347 If you use the neti pot every single day, you could be stripping your nose of important probiotics and immune cells.

Dr. Nsouli recommends using a neti pot 3-4 times a week, in moderation, but avoiding daily nasal irrigation for long periods of time for healthy mucous membranes.

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