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What is a Neti Pot? How is it used? Why YOU should know!

What is a Neti Pot? How is it used? Why YOU should know!

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What is a Neti Pot? How is it used? Why YOU should know!

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neti_potnasal_passage_200(OrganicJar) If you don’t know what a Neti Pot is then your in for a great surprise, especially if you suffer from allergies or sinus infections. Even if you know what it is, maybe you don’t know how to use it.

I created a quick fun video explaining how to use this ancient device and even invited a friend who’s never heard the word, give it a try for the first time.

What Is A Neti Pot

A Neti pot is a simple all natural way to clean and flush out your nasal cavities. It uses a warm saline solution(salt and water) and gravity to quickly and easily flush out the 4 nasal passages we have.

Neti pots can be made from clay, glass, various metals, plastic, or ceramic. They cost anywhere from $6.00 to $20.00. The neti pot in the video, which I use is by Ancient Secrets (click here to buy on Amazon) it cost $10.

The neti pot used with a saline solution has been shown to be an effective treatment for hay fever, sinusitis, nasal blockage (due to: pollution, pollen, dust) and other nasal conditions.

The nasal passages are considered the doorway for most diseases. They consist of finely-tuned hairs and a mucus membranes, that are intended to catch and restrain foreign entities from entering our bodies. Its how nature protects us from diseases.


Unfortunately, this filtering mechanism can become overloaded through high exposure to pollution, chemicals, fragrances, pollen and dust. Cleansing this ‘filter’ regularly allows it to operate more efficiently.

How To Use A Neti Pot

  1. Fill the Neti Pot with warm water.
  2. Mix in a heaping 1/4 tsp of finely ground non-iodized salt in roughly 8oz of your warm water. (this equates to 0.9% solution – the same as human blood – and is called an isotonic solution).
  3. Tilt your head to the side as shown in the video and place the nose cone of the neti pot into the raised nostril, sealing it to the nostril with a few twists and slight pressure.
  4. Open your mouth and breathe gently through your mouth. Relax. If you’re calm, the water flows right through. I like to focus and visualize the water flowing smoothly through my nasal passages. Try not to sniff, swallow, laugh, talk or have any movement of air through the nose while the water is flowing through.
  5. Raise the neti pot slowly to create a steady flow of saline solution through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril. During the process you can breathe through your mouth.
  6. When you’re done, gently blow out through both nostrils to clear any water or mucus from the nasal passages.
  7. Change sides, reverse the tilt of your head and repeat the process on the other side.

You can also use herbal oils and herbal remedies instead of water. If you’ve ever done this, please leave a comment and let us know. Cheers!

Source: wikipedia

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  1. I’ve not tried the Neti Pot because I didn’t know what to do with it, though I did know what it was. Our grocery sells them. But I clear out my nasal passages in the AM in the shower and at night washing my face simply with water in my hand sniffing in lightly. I do attest that it clears nasal passages and believe firmly that it helps me stay significantly healthier. I would like to try the Neti Pot because I think the saline will have an even healthier effect.

  2. I love my Neti pot. I use it mostly seasonal, and I have not had an infection since I started using it. It’s great for the winter – helps with the dryness.

  3. I got mine this winter when I suffered a sinus infection. It really helped and after using it my ears would pop as the passages were cleared. It can feel a bit odd at first but once the water is running through it’s great.

  4. Jason fantastic idea, my partner and I use an alternative method, the Neti Pot is too sloppy and difficult. We use what is called the Nasal rinsing system. Following the same procedures except that this system retains the rinse much cleaner and smoother.Its like a hyperdermic plunger. We love it, but HEY thanks for showing us an alternative, its important regardless, especially with the Virus scare out there to keep your mouth and nose clean. thanks.

  5. I have never heard of one of these, but someday I will be brave enough to try it. Wow. :D Watching that just brought me memories of swimming and having water go up my nose, but I’m sure it’s not the same feeling.

    Very interesting.

  6. I used to be dependent on nasal spray, but haven’t used it since I started using my neti pot daily. Keeping the gunk out of your sinuses keeps one healthier and breathing more freely. Along with the salt (which should be thoroughly dissolved, else it can cause minor discomfort), I add one drop of tea tree oil and three drops of Pau d’Arco (for antibiotic and antifungal properties, respectively) and if I’m particularly stuffy, I also add one drop of either eucalyptus oil (mild) or peppermint oil (strong) into the pot. I recommend a neti pot to everyone, and urge them to stick with it; after a while, the freakiness of it goes away and it becomes as easy a habit as brushing one’s teeth. In fact, I use my neti pot morning and night, while I’m taking care of the toofers.

    Great vid…thanks for sharing. :)

  7. I have a neti pot in my cabinet but have never used it! I am actually feeling a bit stuffed up after a recent airplane trip. Even though there are great directions in the box, without ever seeing anyone use a neti pot, I wasn’t exactly sure I understood the process. Thanks for the visual-I needed that–signing off to go try it!
    Thanks :)

  8. neti pots are the bomb. But Courtney didn’t wash it after Jason.

  9. Great article! I love my neti pot and recommend nasal irrigation all the time! No, it’s not exactly killer party conversation but good habits w/ the sinuses can go a long way toward good health.

    I am a huge believer in natural cures, and in not jumping to meds or surgery too quickly. However I must say that if things get to the “chronic” stage don’t mess around. See your doctor and then if you get a ct scan make sure you know all your options (it used to be that sinus surgery was the only option. but now there are less invasive choices like balloon sinuplasty).

    That’s my two cents. Take care everybody and keep those nasal passages clean!

    –Erin G

  10. I’ve never used a Neti Pot, but several of the theatre people I’ve worked with swore by them. With the H1N1 going around, using one wouldn’t be a bad idea. :-)

  11. Very cool! Thanks for including the video; really helps to see it in action..! I’ve had sinus problems all my life and might pick up a neti pot tomorrow..!

  12. Couple of things I’d like to add to the excellent video instructions.
    Firstly,the correct warmth of the water — just a little warmer than body temperature.
    Secondly, the correct salinity — slightly saltier than tears. If the water’s too warm or too salty it irritates the nasal mucosa.
    The more you tilt your head sideways, the easier the flow of the water of the water. Ideally, the nose should be parallel to the ground.
    Keeping the mouth open and breathing through it is made easier for newcomers by asking them to make an “aaaaah” sound.
    The entire process (of letting the water flow thru the nostrils) should continue for at least 20 to 30 seconds per nostril.
    After you’ve finished the practice, its of utmost importance to dry the nostrils. This is done by leaning forward from the waist, upper half of the body at right angles to the legs and breathing through the nose forcibly and rapidly 15 times. Then closing one nostril gently by pressing it with a forefinger and breathing rapidly through the open nostril 15 times. Repeat with the other nostril.
    Finally, the effect of the practice of neti extends beyond the simple process of nostril cleansing. The warm water passes below the optic chiasma and is great for improving the eyesight. It also focusses the practisioner’s attention towards the agnya or eyebrow center ‘chakra’ – the point of concentration for many yogic meditations.

  13. i have been suffering from sinusitis for so many years and i can only relieve the stuffiness of the nose by means of decongestants.*’-

  14. i have been suffering from sinusitis for so many years and i can only relieve the stuffiness of the nose by means of decongestants.~;*

  15. there are also some alternative medicines that you can try for sinusitis. i have tried some herbal stuffs and it is good for relieving sinusitis too. ~

  16. i am using herbal oils for healing minor cuts and burns.~’`

  17. Never used a Neti Pot. Must give Courtney a lot of credit for using the Neti Pot for the very first time in front of a camera. Bless her heart …. you go girl!!

  18. Do not use tap water (unless boiled) as it can contain a harmful bacteria and possibly death.

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