Neti Pot for Sinus Allergy Relief

The Neti Pot is more useful than you might think...

You are either a fan of the neti pot or you aren't. If you aren't already a fan of this nasal irrigation system, I hope to make you one. I have been a fan of the neti pot for over 10 years.

I have no shame admitting that I like showering my sinuses with water, kosher salt and baking soda. I emphasize kosher salt, because that is pure salt, there are no additives.

I like to cleanse my nasal cavity from allergens, germs and bacteria. If you are like me and do NOT like the smell of strong perfumes or scents of any kind, the neti is great to rinse out the odors.

My daughter introduced me to it. I told her "no way, I'm not going to stick that plastic teapot in my nose!" She dared me. Oh my. I accepted the dare, of course.

After a few accidents of sort, I finally perfected the neti pot and I was in awe! I've been addicted ever since.

Neti Pot for seasonal allergies
Neti Pot for seasonal allergies

How to Use the Neti Pot

The neti pot cleanses your sinuses. Some people refer to the neti pot as a Nose Bidet or a Sinus Shower, what ever you call it, chances are you will call it often.

Neti Pots help cut down on sinus headaches. They also help cut down on costs of over the counter medications you might use to self medicate due to sinus issues.

Neti Pots come in different shapes, such as a squeeze bottle. I prefer the little teapot, maybe because I'm short but not so stout. The squeeze bottle didn't work out well for me.

This small piece of genius is very simple to use once you get the hang of it. Here are some basic tips...

  • Water should be room temperature. I used both cold and hot by accident, it wasn't a pretty sight.
  • Add about a teaspoon of solution to water, using a plastic spoon and stir well. You are now ready to do the neti!
  • Bend head slightly forward, insert end of neti pot into one nostril and the solution comes out the other end.
  • Blow gently.
  • Proceed to other side.
  • Blow gently.

It's that simple. Not at first of course. It does take a few tries to master the neti pot. In the long run you will be thankful and have clean sinuses and hopefully less illnesses. Be sure and run the neti pot through the dishwasher at least once a week to keep it sanitary. If you have an illness such as a cold, clean it with hot sudsy water more often,

How to Make Your Own Neti Pot Solution

You could purchase the saline packets from a pharmacy or grocery store. The individual packets, in my opinion are a waste of money.

The solution is very basic to make yourself...water, baking soda and kosher salt. You could easily make your own for pennies. Use three parts kosher salt to one part baking soda.

I usually make enough solution to last at least a month because I neti twice a day. Morning and bedtime. Recently I began just using the neti before bedtime to cleanse my nasal cavities of the days germs. Plus, it's very refreshing. My sinuses tend to be dry at times. The neti helps to moisturize them.

I also use it after doing yard work. All mold spores or allergens that I might have inhaled and are now nestled in my nasal area will be washed away.

I was thrilled when recently Dr. Oz rated the Neti Pot "Best of the Best." This meant that more people would discover this amazing home treatment, that's actually an ancient Hindu practice.

It's advisable to use distilled water or to boil water (and allow to cool) since tap water could have bacteria in it which could cause havoc on the brain. I use tap water. Always have. Only you know how safe your water is. If in doubt use distilled or boiled.

Neti pots come in plastic or ceramic. No matter what material your pot is made of it's imperative to clean it daily and allow it to air dry. Bacteria could harbor in the pot and that's not a good thing. You could run it through the dishwasher. I clean mine daily with dish soap and allow it to air dry.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, have hay fever, post nasal drip or have frequent sinus infections you just might benefit from a neti pot. You also might become addicted.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"Hello, my name is Linda and I'm a neti pot addict. I am not in recovery and never will be. I intend to use my neti pot whenever I choose, for a long time."

Welcome, Linda to neti-pot anonymous. I too enjoy using. It's very sensible & pro-active. You are lucky your daughter turned you on to it. I was introduced to this habit by my pimp, who is also my sister.

Keep those nasal cavities free from the bad guys!!!...UP+++

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I thank my lucky stars because I have no problems whatsoever with my sinuses. My daughter, however, and her husband, and their children have endless problems with theirs.

I am sharing this hub with her. Thank you, Linda :)

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good information, Linda. I've never heard of one of these, but then I don't have sinus problems either, so there you go. :) I'll pass this on to friends and family who do have sinus problems.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Lol Effer! Our pimps look out for us.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi SAA...I hope the Neti Pot helps your daughter and her family!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good to hear Bill...then again a Nose Bidet is good for all.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hey Martie.....If it's your daughter's entire family, it seems to me it's their home in some way. This only makes sense. They should do some they have some hidden mold somewhere? Some material in the home that is an allergen? Air is too dry? Some foliage surrounding the home or close to it?

Don't you think it's worth them looking into this? It's really too weird that they ALL have sinus issues........just a suggestion. There's a great book....I don't know the author but the Title is...."Is My Home Making Me Sick?"

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I had sort of heard of it before, but never tried it, maybe if I get hayfever again I will give it a go, here's to clean noses that can smell the roses! LOL!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer has a great point! Mold is a nightmare. I am allergic to every type of mold and their relatives too!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL, Nell...Very true!

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DJ Anderson 2 years ago

We went back home in the spring, and I found one of these things.

Son was still living in the house. I had a good idea what it was. But,

in all honesty, all I wanted to do was rub the magic Genie bottle.

Yes I did. He was busy and could not come out to play. LOL


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I have never heard of this before, but it is certainly timely for I have sinus issues all the time! I will give this a try, for I do need relief big time.

Thank you for the heads-up on this product!

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Jewels 2 years ago from Australia

I wrote a hub on Neti quite awhile ago. You don't actually need to buy a special pot, just use a bowl or large cup that doesn't have a lip. You drink the 'salted' water through both nostrils - inthrough the nose, out through the mouth. It's sooooo much easier than using a neti pot and quicker.

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great idea! I don't know if I am brave enough to use a Neti pot. Sounds a helpful way for the sinuses. I did see this on the Oprah show a while ago.

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I'm also going to be checking this out as I had not yet heard of it and am forever having allergy and sinus issues through the year...

My pimp has obviously been lying down on the job, effer...wth...??

Thank you, are a life saver! Love, MM

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

The first time I saw a video of someone using a neti pot I thought it was ridiculous, crazy stuff. Then I read about it, learned a little more, tried it. I use it especially during allergy season and love it.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Fortunately, I don't have allergies or sinus problems. However, I can relate to the need to cleanse after working in the yard. Our soil is so sandy here; it's easily airborne. I always blow my nose after working in the yard.

I don't know if I'd want to use a neti pot, tho. I'd probably chicken out. Can you feel the water travelling up the sinus cavities and back down, Linda? If so, doesn't that feel weird?

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL! I often hoped there was a genie in my neti, but never found one, but it does work magic! On the sinuses :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi T...I hope the neti pot gives you some relief! :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Oh my, Jewels...not sure if I could do that. But sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing your method.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Yay MM, I'm glad I could help. Effer must have been busy with her others pimping jobs! :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi FA, I'm glad to hear you are also a neti fan! :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Sha, I have moldy dirt and since I am allergic to mold, the neti is a gift to my sinuses. I feel a trickle of water travelling from one side to the other, it felt weird the first few times, but now I barely notice UNLESS the water is too hot or too cold, then I feel it!

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Heard about neti pots years ago on the radio. It certainly works when you have allergies and colds. I have never heard of a plastic pot before.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I have used a Neti Pot for years. It does take some getting used to, but it is well worth the effort. I don't use it every day, but only when I feel my sinus cavities are getting clogged. I probably should use it every day, huh??

Voted UP, etc.

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is really interesting! I've never heard of this but as one who suffers from perennial rhinitis, I'm very eager to try this. I use nasal spray as prescribed by my doctor and since the ingredients here are all natural, I don't see any harm. BUT, yes, big BUT...does it hurt? I'm not good in snorting. :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Mary, The neti pot doesn't need to be used every day...I'm just a creature of habit! :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

No pain at all CrisSp...the neti is very refreshing and it's all natural! :)

Travmaj 2 years ago

Invaluable - I have a similar device (available here at the pharmacy) It does work although I only tend to use it when necessary. Perhaps I would stay clear if I used it every day. Must re think.

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I had heard about these and got my son to buy one and he loves it. If ever I need sinus relief I will get one for sure.

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have used a Neti Pot with great success if I have sinus problems. I should use it more often since I do suffer from seasonal allergies. It can work wonders! Sharing!

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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Thanks very much for sharing this info about the Neti Pot. I hadn't had problems with my sinuses until about a year ago. I have tried nasal sprays, but I'm pretty sure this is a better idea. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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fullofshoes 2 years ago

I've heard about this before but didn't really understand how it works. Great info, thank you.

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Well done neti pot addict. Your points are well made but the darn thing just didn't work for me. Made a mess and ran all over my face, but no real relief. Having said that, I know many who have found relief from it and know it can be a blessing. Besides if Dr. Oz says its the best than it must be the best!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

Sunshine: Be careful to always used distilled water in your netti do otherwise is to invite bacteria, some of which can be life threatening. People have actually died from improper netti pot use. I am very careful with mine ever since reading about this.

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West By God

I have only used mine about three times. Before I used it I have sinus problems during the winter all the time. After I used it the first time I had not had on for about two years after that.

I put a couple of drops of peroxide in the warm water before I use it. It is hard to hold it in until it drains out but it does work to get through really congested nasal passages. After I get that running through or as much as I can handle I then run a clean rinse through.

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Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

I suggest distilled water. There have been cases of brain eating amoeba getting into water systems, and the entry is via the nose. Tap water is a risk.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

A peroxide cleansing is interesting...thanks for sharing that!

Yes, tap water is not recommended and I am aware of the dangers of it, I suggest using distilled water unless you truly trust your I do. I'm a rebel. Thanks for the added tips!

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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I am a little scared of the neti pot because my mother tried it once, and swears it made her sinuses worse. I am fairly desperate though, so maybe the time has come for me. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jeannie, It could have been that your moms sinus condition got worse. Don't give up on the neti...give it a try!

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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

I've heard of the neti pot, but never thought I'd want to try it. However, we're camped in the desert where there's lots of dust, and I have a constant sinus headache. I'm thinking this might be the solution...thanks for the info! If you can do it, I can do it! LOL

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Atta girl, Steph!! Keep me posted on your success!!

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Vellur 24 months ago from Dubai

I have never tried the neti pot, I think I should give it a try. I think my sinuses will definitely be relieved. Thank you for sharing.

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Sunshine625 24 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Vellur, Your sinuses will appreciate the neti pot! :)

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Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub, Sunshine, about the wonders of using a neti pot. Very useful and informative for those who suffer from sinusitis. Voted up!

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Barbara Kay 22 months ago from USA

I've been doing this with the squirt plastic bottle. I just discovered that I am not doing it right. Thanks for the hub. I'll try it your way.

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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm glad I was able to help, Barbara! Good luck!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

With pollen so strong in many parts of the country I hope people are considering. Neti can make you feel better!

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