Adventures With A Neti Pot
Bedding, air purifiers, HEPA vacuums, Loratadine – I use it all in the battle against my allergies. But a neti pot?
I must admit that even amidst positive reviews from our customers, I was very hesitant to pour water through my nose. Visions of gasping and coughing from accidentally swallowing water while swimming as a child flitted through my mind. To add insult to injury, adding salt to that very water didn’t seem like a terribly comfortable idea. Wouldn’t it burn?
Believe it or not it took a conversation at a dinner party to convince me. When I heard a friend of mine tell me that he used a netipot regularly, it made the concept less scary. I mean, if my friend could do it, how scary could it be? He raved about how he loved his neti pot. So I finally took the plunge.
I have to admit that the first time I tried to use the neti pot, I don’t think I quite put my head in the right position. I had water pouring down my throat, flushing out from the top of the neti pot, and trickling across my face – and yes, even some through my actual nose, as intended. That first experience was sub-optimal, but I could tell that my nose felt “cleaner” and that my congestion was improved. Plus, the salt water didn’t burn! Must be the type of salt used in the neti pot nasal wash kit.
The second and third time I used the neti pot, I figured the whole process out. Once you get over the oddness of putting what appears to be a genie lamp in one of your nostrils, it is actually quite easy. My nose and nasal passages appreciate the cleansing and the reduced congestion. For me, this probably won’t be a daily routine until allergy season kicks into high gear. At that time, I will be using the Himalayan Institute Neti Pot in the morning and the evening.
It’s one more item to add to my arsenal.