If you suffer from seasonal allergies, and your nose runs like a faucet during that time of year, and you’re sick of taking drugs to get relief, I’ve got some really great news for you. Allow me to introduce you to the Neti Pot, a simple tool that only requires water and salt, and can significantly and immediately alleviate allergy symptoms. Unlike most things doctors recommend for sinus relief, the Neti Pot does not use any drugs, it does not create dependence, and it is extremely inexpensive!
There are two versions of the Neti Pot.
The classic version is for the gentle at heart, those who need life to be calm, soothing. It looks like a little tea pot, and all you do is pour it through one nostril and let it drain out the other. If your sinus problems are mild, the classic version will do the job just fine!
The high-performance version is for the wild at heart. If the idea of being in control and squeezing the most out of life sounds good to you, this guy is the one you want. If you would describe your sinus problems as moderate or severe, the high-performance version is going to serve you much better.
The videos below provide excellent instructions, and I highly recommend watching them first. However, there are a few things the videos don’t bring up that I want to let you know.
Real quick, before I continue, I want to be sure that you’re aware that sinus problems can come from things other than allergens. I created a free document to help you figure out where your sinus problems might be coming from. Just click HERE to download the PDF.
Back to the Neti Pot! First tip, the water does not need to be distilled. It can be reverse osmosis or any water that is free from bacteria. (Obviously, you don’t want to be putting more bugs in your nose.) Secondly, the temperature of the water is really important. The water needs to be “your” temp. If the water is too cold, it causes a nausea like feeling, and if the water is too hot…it burns! The best way I’ve found to get the temp just right is to check the water against the inside of the wrist. If you can’t feel the water against your wrist, the temp is perfect. It’s weird–when the temperature of the water is just right, you actually can’t feel the water as it passes through your sinuses.
If you use the high-performance version, put the water in the bottle and then put it in the microwave without the cap. You do not want the cap hot when you put it in your nose! Add the salt after the water is heated, then put the cap on and shake it well.
DO NOT USE this thing without salt or with iodized salt, because IT BURNS! Get non-iodized salt and your nose will thank you!
After you use it, gently blow your nose one nostril at a time. As you blow, lean forward and turn your head left and right. It will help remove all the water.
Once finished using the Neti Pot, wash it with soapy water. Then put the whole thing in the microwave for 3 minutes to make sure it is completely disinfected.
Here is a video of the high-performance version in action!
Here is the classic version in action!
If you suffer with allergies, you’re crazy not to try this. Use this tool as often as you need to. If your sinuses are frequently irritated, it would be wise to do this morning and evening regardless of how you feel.
I have free samples that I give my patients, so if you need one let me know and you can pick it up at my office.
Have you ever used something like this? I would love to hear your perspective!