The bad news: I have always struggled with nose issues. At 5 years old I was diagnosed with non-allergic rhinitis. It basically means I have a “hyper nose” and that I’m always congested. I always assumed that was my only issue until I had allergy testing in my 20s and found that I am allergic to basically everything that lives and grows! Allergies and asthma are closely related and I’m lucky enough to have asthma that is triggered by allergies too. Pass the tissues!
The good news: A few years ago I spent a couple of months in Hawaii. While I was there my allergies were surprisingly good despite the abundance of plants, flowers, weeds trees and grasses, all of which I am allergic to! Don’t get me wrong, someone mowing outside my window could still give me an asthma attack, but my stuffy nose and watery eyes were much better. It wasn’t until much later after I returned that I realized that frequent swimming in the ocean and occasionally getting tossed by the waves regularly flushed of my sinuses with ocean water. That really made a difference! Enter Neti pot use!
WHAT IS A NETI POT?
Flushing the nose and sinuses with saline (salt) water has been practiced in the East for centuries. A neti pot is simply a container that is used to flush the nasal passages. Saline water is poured into one nostril simply drains out the other nostril flushing out the nose and sinuses, flushing allergens and mucus from the nasal passages. It also moisturizes the nose! It has been clinically tested and proven to markedly improve symptoms of allergies, colds, rhinitis and post nasal drip! There are a lot of them out there and I really like this one.
HOW TO MAKE SALINE SOLUTION FOR NETI POT
There are many marketed neti pot solutions out there, but making your own is so easy I don’t understand why you would buy them!
- Water For your safety, use only distilled water or tap water that has been boiled for at least 5 minutes. You can keep boiled water in a closed container for seven days if refrigerated. Neti pot use with non-sterilized water has been liked to two deaths from an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri found in lakes and rivers. While this is certainly unlikely, you don’t want to risk it!
- 1/4 tsp Salt You can use any kind of non-iodized, fine salt. I like to use himalayan salt from a grinder because of it’s natural minerals and how fine you can get it from a grinder. Don’t skip the salt! Rinsing with water alone will cause severe burning sensation! Plain water is not physiologic for your nasal lining.
- Warm 8oz of water to body temperature and stir in 1/4 tsp salt.
- Pour into your neti pot.
Yep. Thats it! You are ready to use your neti pot and enjoy breathing clearly again!
Has a neti pot helped you? Have you found other ways to help with congestion? Leave your comment below!