A neti pot is used for nasal irrigation which flushes out your nasal activity with a saline solution. This is a home ready that is less popular in Western countries but is fairly common in India and South Asia.
There are a lot of benefits in using this home remedy, one of which is that it improves sinus symptoms and decrease sinus medication use, but like anything else, you need to learn first how to use this product correctly.
How To Use A Neti Pot
Using a Neti Pot isn’t complicated as most people think, it is actually pretty easy.
1. Make sure that you clean your neti pot.
If your neti pot has been sitting idle for a period of time, it is likely to become a home for some bacteria to grow. You can prevent germs from entering your system by cleaning the neti pot properly with soap and hot water. Also, allow the pot to air dry before you use it.
2. Start making a solution of saline and sanitized water.
Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of finely ground non-iodized salt or with a slightly rounded 1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground salt (you can use kosher salt) in the neti pot with around with ounces of warm distilled, boiled or even filtered water until the salt is dissolved completely.
Note: Do not use tap water as it may contain amoeba that can make you sick, or even kill you. Also, avoid using normal table salt as it can irritate your nose because of its additives.
3. Get into position to use your net pot.
Bend over the sink and turn your head carefully on to the side so that your ear will be facing the sink. Keep in mind that your forehead should be the same height as your chin or just a little bit higher.
Now, start breathing to your mouth in order to close off your throat and mouth from the saline solution rinse. At this point, avoid laughing, talking, or any unnecessary mouth movement so that the seal in your throat is not broken and allows water to get in.
Slowly insert the spout into your upper nostril and hold it in a way that forms a seal to prevent the saline solution to come back out the entrance of your nose. Carefully raise the pot to let the solution flow into your upper nostril and out to you lower nostril.
4. Repeat the process on your other nostril.
Remove excess water by gently tilting your head sideways to blow your nose gently.
Finally, clean your neti pot again to keep it sanitized till next use.