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Natural Nasal Irrigation Solutions

Updated on June 14, 2013

Natural Relief From Sinusitis or Allergies

It's allergy season again. It is time to seriously consider some new old technology and educate yourself on its use. Blowing your nose into a tissue or and handkerchief is not acceptable anymore. My doctor has been trying to tell me this for years. I finally took her advice and tried the old ways. Nasal irrigation with a neti pot.

Neti is Sanskrit for "nasal cleansing". It is an ancient yoga form of nasal cleansing and irrigation. There are more involved methods but this simple technique can be mastered by anyone. No long journey to the Himalayas required.

Using a neti pot is as simple as tilting you head and letting gravity flush the solution through you frontal nasal cavities. The pot is held to one nostril and the solution flows out the other. Not extreme pressure is involved like that of actively blowing your nose in a tissue. It is the back pressure that forces the mucus up into the other nasal cavities that are much harder to clean. It is this pressure that causes infections and sinusitis. Time to return to the natural way the neti way. Let me show you.

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neti pot

Natural Gravity Neti Pots

Like I mentioned earlier the neti pot is a yoga inspired device that has been in use for many thousands of years. Today's modern equivalent comes in many varieties, shapes and materials from ceramic plastic to glass.

You can find them most any where but the most variety and unique ones can be found online.

I picked my first one up at the grocery store pharmacy but have seen them all over. Your local craft fair or farmers market may have a ceramic stall that carries hand-made pots. Pick one you like.

They all function the same. A sterile salt solution is mixed and poured into the pot. The spout is placed up one nostril with the head tilted to the side so the solution flows by gravity in one nostril and out the other. Make sure you use filtered or sterile water and clean the pot after each use and let dry to prevent bacterial growth. It is only common sense.

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Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus Irrigation System with the Original Grossan Sinus Tip - 120v/60Hz
Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus Irrigation System with the Original Grossan Sinus Tip - 120v/60Hz

This one is more compact for those that have little counter real estate. I like this one.

Himalayan Chandra Porcelain Neti Pot - Nasal Cleansing Pot, Allergy Relief, Sinus Cleansing Pot. Medications and Treatments
Himalayan Chandra Porcelain Neti Pot - Nasal Cleansing Pot, Allergy Relief, Sinus Cleansing Pot. Medications and Treatments

Start with this simple device to ensure effective nasal irrigation. Somethings the tried and true forms are the best. This where I started.


Neti is Sanskrit for "nasal cleansing".

The Natural Solution To Easing Allergies

I don't know about you but where I live spring is when the allergies start again. First it is the snow mold and then the tree pollen. It is a never ending war.

When using a neti pot you are ridding the allergens from your nasal cavity where they are caught. Your nose is a wonderful piece of anatomy. Everyone has one. Everyone is different. They all function the same.

When you breathe through your nose, air is filtered, moisturized and warmed before going to your lungs. Not only is today's air full of allergens but it is also full of dust and pollution. I work in an oil refinery so on top of the dust and allergens I has chemicals to deal with.

Flushing the nostrils with a clean neti pot solution allows me to keep my first line of defense clean and clear. Since using the neti pot I have fewer colds and flu, my allergies rarely flare as much and I breath easier.

Nasal Cleansing In Action

The Next Step

Once you have mastered the use of a neti pot there are pulsating nasal irrigation solutions. These systems allow you to cleanse your nasal cavity in the modern way.

I have yet to try one of these systems but from what I gather they work much the same as manual systems. I see no need other than it a personal choice. My bathroom is not big enough to hold only of these.

What Do You Use For Nasal Cleaning?

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @qikey1 lm: The idea behind the Netti pot is to flush out your sinuses without pressure. Blowing you nose into tissues imparts pressure which can also force stuff further into your sinuses as well as out your nose. Snorting salt water is the same. It is putting pressure into the sinuses that may force stuff deeper into the sinuses or worse into the Eustachian tube.

      Better to use a nettie pot or make one using a small teapot. Just flush out the nasal cavity without pressure.

      Thanks for the comment

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      qikey1 lm 4 years ago

      I definitely endorse Neti pots. I really should buy one :D I just throw salt water in a tea cup and snort it :D But it works ..and yes it has cured my sinus infections- sans antibiotics!!! It really works wonders for colds and any sinus distress. It is such a simple solution to so many problems. The thought of some of those machines kinda scares me though ;)