After hearing lots of good things about Neti Pots, I decided I had to try one. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do it’s usually a head cold that ails me. So, I figured this would be a great addition to my natural remedies cabinet.
If you’ve never heard of a Neti Pot before, let me explain what it is. The pot itself looks somewhat like a genie’s lamp, and is usually made of ceramic. You fill it with a saline solution (warm salt water) and use it to flush out your nose.
I have to admit, I was somewhat apprehensive about using this thing. I mean, there’s something a little intimidating about the idea of pouring water up your nose. I imagined myself choking on saline, and spewing it out everywhere! No, I wasn’t looking forward to trying this one out.
Yet, inevitably the day came when I woke up with a stuffy nose, and after trying every other natural cure for sinus congestion unsuccessfully, I knew it was time to give the Neti Pot a try.
I locked myself in the bathroom so nobody would walk in on me. There was nothing attractive about what I was going to do next.
I followed the directions to the “T”, scooping the salt crystals into a cup of warm water and then adding that to my Neti. The kit also had some herbal drops that came with it, which I also added in.
Taking one last deep breath, I leaned over the sink, tipped my head sideways, and put the tip of the pot to my nostril. Slowly, I began pouring the solution into my nose. And right off the bat it went down my throat and I had to stop and spit it out.
I tried again, and the same thing happened. See, what is supposed to happen is this:
You lean over a sink, and tip your head sideways so that one nostril is directly above the other. Then you put the tip of the Neti pot to your upper nostril, and slowly pour the solution in. Keep breathing through your mouth. The saline flows from your upper nostril and drains out through the lower nostril. It looks like this,
A little weird, I know. Let me just say, she makes it look easy.
It definitely took some practice. I found that leaning forward a bit helped. What didn’t help was the fact that I was severely congested, and I’m pretty sure the saline couldn’t even drain correctly and was being redirected down my throat instead. It took a lot of blowing my nose before I made progress with a slight trickle of saline passing through.
Anyways, there was no immediate relief. However, about an hour after using the Neti I did notice that my sinuses did seem to be a little clearer. I used the pot twice a day for two days, and by the third day my cold was gone!
I definitely credit the Neti pot and the herbal drops that went into the saline solution for my quick recovery. My poor husband didn’t get over his cold as quickly. He chose not to try the Neti pot, and got to suffer with sinus congestion for a whole week.
Though it wasn’t fun to do, and took a bit of practice to get the hang of, it was worth it. Though weird and unflattering I will definitely use the Neti Pot again at the first sign of another head cold.
Have you ever tried using a Neti Pot? I’d love to hear what you think about this ancient cold remedy!