Neti : Nose cleansing
Using a neti pot
regularly can have tremendous benefits. The cleansing of the nostrils and nasal
passages removes inhaled detritus, dust and bacteria, as well as washing away mucus which may have accumulated holding more
unwanted bacteria and particles.
While the washing
with a neti should not cause entry of fluids into the sinuses, it does wash away blockages near their entrances relieving
congestion and creating a feeling of lightness and free breathing.
A neti can be used
daily without problem, or weekly, or just as required to clear a blocked nose such as when you might have a cold.
The general advice
is to use tepid boiled water (sterile – important to prevent infection into the nose and sinuses). About a teaspoonful of salt dissolved in a pint of water is about right.
However it is important to experiment and find the strength that is comfortable for you. A stingingOweH feeling is the result of too much or too little salt.
An ancient and ideal fluid, if you do not have an aversion to the idea, is to use your own freshly produced urine. Your urine is isotonic (the same saltiness) as your nasal fluids; it is sterile, and
contains many minerals and other substances that are beneficial to you. Urine
is not made of water and `waste` substances. The minerals, vitamins, hormones
etc are simply superfluous to the body at the time of urine production, and may be safely recycled.
Small travel neti
pots are OK when there is no alternative, but ideally the neti should hold at least 3/4pint of liquid. Steel or copper allow for more efficient cleaning than plastic, but either way always cleanse thoroughly
after each use.
Fill the neti pot. Working over a basin or outside, tilt your head to one side. Insert the nozzle of the neti into the upper nostril and pour the fluid into the nostril. If the angle is wrong the fluid will either pour out of the nostril, or into the back of the throat. There is no danger in that, simply spit out the fluid and try again. Eventually you should find an angle where the fluid will run in through the top nostril and out of the
lower nostril. Get a good flow before removing the neti. Block the upper nostril and blow out through the lower nostril vigorously.
Repeat with the other nostril. Either use ½ neti per nostril (with larger
pots), or a full neti with smaller pots.
When you have done
both nostrils, have another good `blow` to remove the fluid. You may find some
time later that putting your head forward may liberate more fluid which may have been held back near the sinuses – keep
a handkerchief or tissues handy.
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Shiv Giri Baba / Derek