Step 1: Bennefits and Supplies

Using a Neti Pot to clean your nose seems to have all different kinds of effects on people. I felt clean, open and free of mucus after I did it, but since I didn't really have any sever allergies or irritations to begin with I can't report on the validity of those kinds of results.

(I used it because who doesn't want to pour water through their nose and see what comes out???)

The Neti Pot is reported to have many benefits:

  • Removes mucus and pollution of the nasal passages and sinuses
  • Helps to prevent respiratory tract diseases
  • Daily use relieves allergies, colds and sinusitis
  • Cooling and soothing to the mind
  • Beneficial in the treatment of headaches and migraines
  • Alleviates anxiety, anger and depression
  • Removes drowsiness, making the head and sense organs feel light.

To use a Neti Pot all you need is:

  • The Neti Pot itself (You can get one for about 10 dollars at a drug or natural foods store. If you don't want to buy one look around the house because chances are, you already have something lying around that is perfect for sticking up your nose. Try a children's sippy cup or even a watering can with a narrow spout. Do you make gravy on Thanksgiving? The Neti Pot sure looks a lot like a fat drippings separator!)
  • Warm water
  • Non-iodized salt
Will this help clean out my throat? I think I might be suffering from nasal drip. I seem to always have a collection of mucus in my throat and i have to make that "funny nose" to spit it out...also bad breath???
You need to be checked for acid reflux. I had it fir a long time with no acid in my mouth or heartburn. Gave me horrible mucous in my throat all the time. It can also get into your sinuses. Even just the vapors can irritate the tissue. Have it checked out. Worth a try
<p>The best remedy for this is gargles with hot -as much as you bear - salty water. Another thing you can try is take half a spoonful of turmeric powder, mix it with a pinch of salt and Ghee - clarified non salty butter. Lick it before going to bed. Leave your throat coated with this mix. You will see major difference within 2 - 3 days. </p>
<p>I'm sure that you've heard of gargling with warm salt water for a sore throat haven't you?</p>
<p>I hope you're still alive because you can die from doing that without sterilized water, The salt isn't good enough</p><p>There are tons of people that have died from doing that because the germs enter through your nose to your brain and start eating you brain until you die.</p><p>Doing this can kill you in several hours.</p><p>DO NOT DO THIS!</p>
<p>It is one of the exercises of Yoga. It is called Neti Shuddhi. Actually you are supposed to boil the water and THEN let it cool to a level you can bear. The whole idea is over a period of time one' sinuses become insensitive to a lot of the irritants floating around in the air, especially during spring when it is high pollen season. I have never come across a single person dieing doing this. If that was so all those swimming in the sea would be no more. </p>
<p> <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm316375.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm316375.htm</a></p><p>This is a link to safe use of neti pot from FDA. It's highly unlikely you'd die from the possible brain bugs, it looks as possible as a freak accident. That said, just the thought makes me squeamish and I use distilled water.</p><p>I love my neti pot!!! My sinuses get dry and uncomfortable and I can get headaches as a result. It took a few times to get used to but now it just feels good, soothing and keeps the headaches away. I was also told I'd be less susceptible to colds/flu because it'd keep my natural nose defenses strong, I believe it...</p>
<p>If you have a problem with sinuses / nostrils drying out you can try the<br> age old Indian remedy. Take half a teaspoon of warm Ghee. Put a couple <br>of drops in nostril and breathe in strongly so it coats the insides of <br>the passage way. Ghee is clarified unsalted butter. You can buy it in <br>small packages too at any Indian grocery stores. BTW we also use Ghee for deep <br>frying. It simply does not deteriorate, break down or build up carcinogens at boiling temperatures like your common cooking oils and<br> can be reused any number of times. In fact poly-unsaturated cooking oils are the worst culprits in this department. </p>
<p>Thanks for the tip! I've always wanted to try ghee for cooking.If it feels half as cozy up my nose as in my tummy I'll be happy.</p>
<p>I am 70 years old. Have had a lot of experience of sinusitis. I have lived in Chicago area for 6 years. The spring time with very high levels of pollen was really bad for me. Repeated use of <em>Neo</em>-<em>Synephrine </em>- I am not sure of the spelling - was not good for me. Neti Shuddhi was my remedy. </p>
<p>$10/- for a Neti Pot ???? I can buy a vacuum formed one for like $0.05 and works perfectly. In fact even boiling water does not damage it. Have been using one for more than 20 years now. </p>
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I was diagnosed with sinusitis, I haven't tried this yet, but a friend of mine had already recommended it using a seringe without the needle. My case is so bad I get headaches, and stuffed ears, like I'm constantly on an airplane, the back of my eyes hurts, and I only breath from one nostril at a time. I tried a bottled sea water solution, and it worked a little, but I think this might help more, specially with the ear problem. Has anyone had that due to sinus problems? Please help cos I've read on other blogs of ppl that have had it for years and haven't found a solution.<br>
Gaby001, Your problem is my problem.!!!!! :) I have been sufferring from all what you say here all my life. I have every single symptom you mention here. The only difference is that the docs have always refused to accept that I have a problem, since I look normal (:)) , breath normal (to outsiders) and never ever have runny noses. Iam in Europe, not sure whether I could get hold of this stuff but I am a bit hesitant too..it has H2O2....
<p>I thought you both have TMJ disorder, same problem with my wife and it found when diagnosis by doctor here in india. Please share if you diagnosis your problem and which mediction doctor suggested to you. </p>
<p>Ok, thanks, but the text itself is horrible. There are so many spelling errors and grammar errors here that it makes me want to unclean my sinuses. The URL is wrong as well. Fix these issues. Put your text in Word and check the red underlines!</p>
I havent read all the comments but here is some tips that has helped me.<br>-more salt can be used if you have an infection, double or triple amount works for me.<br>-add baking soda/sodium bi carb to your mix if it feels dry after, it will feel similar to natural mucus that lubricates the sinus.<br>-you can slightly block your other nostril and move your head around to fill the entire cavity, air bubbles will come out of your throat and nostril if held gently so the air can pass. <br>-for a blocked nose you can use 2:1 bi carb to salt or even higher. Feels amazing going from completely blocked to clear in less then a minute.<br><br>dont be afraid to experiment a bit, you cant really break anything and if its uncomfortable you know not to go past that point
I tried doing this but it's not working for me. The water instead of comming out from other nostril goes into my throat. The water doesn't come out from the other nostril it keeps going into my throat, so please help me out with this...
<p>You know? It's called 'Nasyam' in Indian Traditional Medicine <br>'Ayurveda'. It's a pwerful treatment method. There are different types <br>of medicated oils for different ailments. Concept wise and result wise <br>Ayurveda is excellent in many ways. All the ingredients and processes <br>used are natural. It's funny, when the post Industrial age westerners <br>first came to India, they said it's a barbaric country, Indians don't <br>know a thing and needs 'western wisdom' so badly, and hence started <br>messing around. Now a lot of western researchers come looking for wisdom <br> from India. Most of these Ayurvedic Practicioners are very down to <br>earth people too, not like western medicine practicioners, the <br>arrogant-know-it-all types; who ends up making your body even more worse <br> pumping all those chemicals into it, which will eventually get banned <br>later.<br><br><br>This is the traditional instrument used for it. It's called 'Kindi'</p>
Does it help stop snoring ?
Yes, it really works! My wife and I have been doing nasal irrigation for ten years now, on the advice of our allergist. We live in the S.F. north bay (wine country), and at different times of the year, allergy issues can be quite brutal. My wife has had significant issues, her level being 4++ (the worst, life threatening). She has taken every medication, spray and shots for years, without relief. Some days all she could do was to stay inside our air conditioned home (which helps, by the way). <br/><br/>There is only one negative to all this (which is why some of you haven't heard of this): No doctors prescribe this and no one dispenses it. <strong>You can't make money on saltwater</strong>. I take that back-<em>they do sell saltwater spray! </em> Ya, they also sell pet rocks and canned air! Go figure.<br/><br/>As you can see in the picture, (if it did upload) what we use is an 8 oz. squeeze bottle filled with warm water and the top is like a liquid dish soap top. About 1/4 t. of salt is about right. If you were to measure the salt content of our mucous and blood, that would be close to this ratio. Same ratio in the ocean. A quick swirl will mix it. Did you know your nasal passages are connected? That's why you can squeeze the bottle lightly and it will come out the other nostril. Don't worry about feeling like you are drowning. That can't happen when you put it in one nostril and blow (or drain) it out the other. If you were to draw in the water through both nostrils, then it would go into your lungs.<br/><br/>Alternate nostrils till you've used it all up. You will have a residual amount still in your nose. Just blow it in a hankie and/or lower your head below your heart and let gravity do the rest. Do this twice a day for a few days and then once a day should do. If you have bad allergy issues, stick with the twice a day regimen, as my wife still does.<br/><br/>You may be surprised at all the crap that will come out. Sometimes I get this crystal clear, spongy blob that pops out. Other times I get nothing. Remember, the allergens and bacteria that we are getting rid of are microscopic anyway. Also, you won't be sick as often, because most of the cold and flu (airborne) germs we get can be dislodged before they are absorbed by our body.<br/><br/>Never done it before? <strong>Do it!</strong> As NoahW and others have said, it actually feels good, almost exhilarating. Want to get really clean on the inside? I'll tell you about colin cleansing, if anyone's interested. Feel and think better, be healthier, and loose weight. You wouldn't believe the crap that has been caked on your intestines since you were a child! I'll write about it if someone is interested, but just let me know.<br/>
I would like to know about the colon cleansing
No.. it sucks aha. I've done it before and the bowl movement will suck.. I had to use the bathroom for 2 hours.. well at least I did I don't know about others who tried it.
I'm new to nasal irrigation, but I did an 'ible on colon cleansing, including how to make the equipment. See http://www.instructables.com/id/Colonic-Irrigation-Board/
It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to have a proper look around Instructables. diydude, you've hit the nail on the head with your comment about doctors and the fact that they can not make money from salt water. There is another alternative &quot;medicine&quot; they can not make money off, and that is hydrogen peroxcide. I'm not sure if anyone has written here about it yet, and if not I will post something on this wonderfull &quot;medicine&quot;.
I know you meant well, but this is horrible advice. Hydrogen Peroxide is good for a toothache to draw the toxins out, but it also draws all of the good (and much needed) natural bacteria in your body. If you ask a doctor that works with wounds, they will tell you to never use hydro perox on a wound. It should not be ingested for the same reason.
They say the hydrogen peroxide messes up the oxygen level in wounds and slows down the healing process. Seen it in some health news site. Doodado
Please, do tell.<br>I know about using H2O2 for toothpaste, but what medicinal qualities can it provide?
lots of stuff. i use it for disinfecting cuts, but i've heard that it will also bleach hair.
excellent way to lick that congestion-just do it correctly<br>http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/16/two-dead-in-louisiana-after-unclean-water-used-in-neti-pots/?hpt=hp_t2<br><br>
Thanks for the informative info on the Neti Pot! I'm looking forward to FINALLY having a inexpensive and sucessful way to treat my sinuses! <br> <br>I didn't see any info that you already posted on the colin cleansing. I am interested in that too, if you don't mind posting about it! It's another bodily issue that needs to be taken care of :)
Does this help stop snoring ?
I just use a sterile saline intravenous infusion bag. Hang it high an get a lot pressure. No fear of any bacteria or parasite growing in the pot.
I don't suppose you folks have read about the two folks that used Neti Pots until one day they happened to all end up mainlining a brain eating bacteria which grew inside the pot directly to their brains. Came from tap water. <br> <br>They died. <br> <br>http://www.examiner.com/article/brain-eating-parasite-death-usually-within-5-days-of-first-symptoms
It might sound funny but swimming in the ocean, Or surfing works too. You fall in the water and get sea water in your nose. Everytime you blow your nose to get the water out you clean it. Went kayaking in the ocean and rolled a couple of times. Noticed that the next day I could breath much better. Surfers say the same thing.
Thanks for sharing. Good intro to nasal irrigation, with good humor too!
This is pretty difficult for me to do. However, ever since I went to a <a href="http://www.sinuscenters.com" rel="nofollow">sinus specialist in Kuna</a>, I have realized that I have to do this a lot more than what I have hitherto done.
Thanks so much for these tips on how to deal with <a href="http://www.drchaitent.com/our-practice" rel="nofollow">sinus and allergies</a>. There's a lot of pollen where I live in fairfield, oh so this will really help.
As davedking says you really should use sterile water: first, most city tap water has chlorine in it which is not good and will at best cause some irritation; second, the cases of Naegleria fowleri infection and subsequent deaths which have been reported are ample warning. The fact is that all tap water has bacteria and protozoa in it and the goal is to clean out lingering bacteria from the sinus cavity. Remember, your nasal cavities are only a thin membrane away from your brain. <br>
Thanks for this post, I have had so many problems with allergies living in Orlando. As far as allergy specialty care goes, this method has worked wonders for me. Granted, I have to do it about one every week and a half or so, but still, very effective and easy. Thanks again. http://www.allergycfl.com/
Buy a glass one, if possible. Stay away from plastic. We do not need to be adding more bad chemicals to our bodies. I think cleaning the sinuses should be done daily but I do get lazy about this. It does work wonders if you have any sinus problems.
I always eat with disposable glass knife and fork at parties so I don't add any more bad chemicals to my body. The bristles on my toothbrush are glass fibers so I don't accumulate bad toxic plastic in my mouth.
To sum up, I have a plastic Neti pot, and I don't think it's a problem.
I for one can tell you that are plastics are not safe for us. Best to use glass when ever possible. I use to have plastic containers until I became ill from chemicals. <br>If you even wash plastic in dish soap it picks up the chemicals from the soap and your adding that to your body also. <br> <br>I now can even smell if something plastic has been washed in any type of scented dish soap. My nose has became so sensitive since I have became allergic to chemicals. The more we avoid the chemicals the safer our healthier we will stay. <br> <br>Some people cannot see beyond the nose on their face until it is to late.... <br> <br>Please do not bite your glass fork and knife to hard. They also say there is always one in a crowd.
Will a cup and funnel work instead of a neti pot.
You would have a serious balancing act, help would be necessary I think. Doodado
it should. make sure your head is completely upside down. whats the worst that could happen? you drown in your own salted water.
You have to be careful doing it upside down. All of your sinus cavity is connected. You have to be careful with how much you use, how long you let it sit, etc or you may wind up with an infection in your ears, eyes, throat or even lungs.
can you use this? It is a company product but is it the same
honestly i just clicked on this because that picture is AWESOME! you look so relaxed while pouring water [hot? (i didnt read the 'ible yet) but still] through your nose. i just love that picture.

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