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Salt and Wonders of Using a Neti Pot

Updated on January 28, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Old Fashioned but Effective Remedy

I used to suffer with frequent sinus infections and my doctor used to give me Penicillin prescriptions. [The use of the prescription pills eventually combated the infection and got me back to normal.

The sad thing is that with frequently using that type of therapy, I became allergic to all of the Penicillin drugs. This is not good because it wiped out an entire arsenal of antibiotics that might serve to combat vicious infections in the future.

I should have listened to my mother! She had told me for years that sniffing up some saltwater would be useful instead of relying upon antibiotics. She was a great one in trusting tried and true holistic methods passed down through her family. My mother undoubtedly learned that from her mother.

Mothers often know best.

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Salt...an Essential Element


One of many essential elements to human life as well as many other life forms is salt. While our bodies are made up of an average 70% of water, only a fraction of that is salt. Yet we cannot live without it. Our bodies do not produce sodium so we need to get outside sources of it.

Sodium, chlorine, potassium, calcium, magnesium and a number of other elements are just as important as oxygen in being able to live and function in a healthy manner.

The makeup of the salt we consume is primarily made up of a mixture of sodium and chloride. There may be a few other trace elements and some that might be purposely added such as iodine or flouride for health considerations.

Salt has been used for numerous purposes other than that which we consume. It has a long history going back to the earliest times of human habitation on earth. Preservation of foods prior to refrigeration was an early use of salt. It has religious significance. Salt has been used as an article of trade and has many industrial purposes. Because of this wars have even been fought over who could control this all important substance.

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The Great Salt Lake

When my mother, niece and I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah many years ago we viewed salt that was being harvested from evaporation from the Great Salt Lake.

It is 8th largest land locked salt water lake in the entire world. We chose not to swim or rather float in the Great Salt Lake. It in truth was rather smelly!

The water level changes through the years depending upon wet seasons or those of drought. I have to think that when my grandmother enjoyed floating in that same water decades earlier, perhaps the water level was higher and not quite so odoriferous.

Our seas are obviously a major source of salt. Since most of our planet consists of salt water, we have just about an inexhaustible source of it.

How salt is harvested from sea water

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Salt and Cell Function


Sodium is an electrolyte and is responsible for the nerve impulses being transmitted throughout our bodies.

Our blood (the majority of which is made up of water) carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the cells within our bodies. Our individual cells function well when all of our electrolytes are in balance. Our muscles as well as our brains would not function as they should if we are lacking in the correct balance of sodium and the other electrolytes.

Our fluid balance would also be out of whack if these necessary electrolytes are not correctly balanced.

Most of us who eat western diets need not worry about taking in enough sodium. As a matter of fact we often eat more than what is recommended for optimal health...a whopping 3,400 milligrams on average. Fortunately for those of us with healthy kidneys, any excesses are normally excreted in our urine. Through our tears and perspiration we also eliminate sodium. That is why our tears can taste salty.

So how much should we be consuming on a daily basis? That depends upon which source is consulted and if there are other health considerations. If a person has high blood pressure which might lead to strokes or heart attacks the recommendation is to cut way back. The AMA generally recommends trying to hit a target range of no more than 1500 to 2300 milligrams of salt consumption daily. 2300 milligrams is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt.

Please consult your own physician when it comes to making a decision about salt consumption and your own health considerations.

Table Salt vs. Sea Salt

Neti Pot to the Rescue!


Now that we know that salt is a regular and integral part of the fluids in our bodies, it made good sense to use it to holistically treat my sinus infections.

There are many bottled saline solutions that can be sprayed into nostrils to alleviate stuffiness and bathe the mucous membranes with natural moisture. I had tried some of them and had limited success with regard to a raging sinus infection.

I had heard of the Neti Pot. Practically every drug store in America has them and they are inexpensive. The one I have came from either Walgreens or CVS and mine is a plastic one that also came with little packets of a dry salt mixture that you just mix with body temperature warm water.

The directions are to insert the small opening of the Neti pot into one nostril while tilting your head and hanging over a sink. Breathe through your mouth and let the salt solution bathe your sinuses. Do the same for each nostril. The water will exit through your other nostril into the sink.

Below is a video showing just how easy it is to use a Neti pot.

Using a Neti Pot is Easy!

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Supposedly it also helps with allergies if used on a daily basis.

Just thought that I would share what has truly helped me with regard to sinus infections. In fact, using the salt solution with the use of a Neti pot helped clear up bacterial infections even faster than the use of antibiotics that I used to take.

If you have used a Neti pot please let me know if it helps you as much as it seems to help me by leaving your comment in the comment section below. Thanks!

Disclaimer: In no way is this information intended to take the place of your doctors advice. This health information offered above is simply a starting point for consideration and discussion with your medical professional.

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      Peggy Woods 8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Vellur,

      Glad that I could fill in a little information about how salt affects cell function plus information regarding how the Neti pot works. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 8 weeks ago from Dubai

      Great hub, I have never used the Neti Pot but have heard of it. Interesting information about the salt and cell function, thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      You are welcome Robert.

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      Robert Sacchi 8 weeks ago

      Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I am glad to know that you are feeling much better. :)

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