With flu season still in full bloom and allergies on the rise this is a fantastic habit you can incorporate into your daily wellness routine. A Neti Pot!
(Yes, that’s me in the picture – what I wouldn’t do for all of you!)
So what is this all about? Well, even Oprah and Dr. Oz have promoted this ancient Yogic cleansing technique. You can find all kinds of videos on YouTube that will show you how to use one. It is formally called Jala Neti. This is the term derived from Sanksrit, the ancient language of Yoga.
This practice is mainly used to promote free and unimpeded breathing through the nose without the use of medications. The daily use of a Neti pot promotes nasal hygiene and respiratory health. It naturally cleanses the mucous membrane and can help prevent airborne viruses and pathogens from causing colds and influenza, as well as, assist in the treatment if you do become infected. Make this a morning habit as you have done with brushing your teeth.
- It provides relief for those with allergies, sinus headaches, issues with the ears, post-nasal drip, sinus infections and sore throats.
- It is very grounding and washes away environmental toxins that have entered your nose.
- Some people have reported relief from snoring.
- Always Neti while you are traveling because of the germs you come into contact with.
It involves pouring a warm water/saline solution into one nostril and letting it drain out the other nostril. The technique is important – you need to turn your head to the side to stack the nostrils and then place your chin to your throat. Make sure you keep your mouth open. If you lean too far forward you might feel pressure – this means the water has gone into your sinuses. (No worries, it will drain back.)
Do both sides. Then gently blow your nose. Make sure you place a little oil in each nostril afterward to keep the nasal tissues from drying out; either with a dropper or with your little finger. (coconut, olive, hemp – your choice)) Make sure to clean the Neti pot each day and always empty it out completely.
It takes a little practice, but the benefits are so far reaching that it is worth a try. Give it two weeks of practice before deciding if it is for you or not.
What you need on hand: a Neti pot and measuring spoon. I use about 1/4 tsp of salt in the winter and 1/2 tsp in the summer mixed with warm water. It is up to you. Many people use about 1tsp/4 grams of salt.
You can buy pre-packaged saline solutions. I prefer to buy bulk fine sea salt; keep a little jar in my bathroom and a jar of oil.
(Neti pots are available in drug stores and many Yoga studios).
I wish you an abundant spring season filled with much love, passion and adventure. As always I am here to support you in this life journey – and welcome your feedback.