SINUS CONGESTION? TRY A NETI POT!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Do you suffer from chronic sinus congestion, seasonal stuffiness, or bouts of acute sinusitis? Rinsing your sinuses regularly can really help! Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy!
Neti pots are part of the Ayurvedic tradition; they’re simple devices that look a little like a miniature teapot. They allow you to gently flush out the sinuses, which blowing your nose can’t do as effectively. Blowing too hard can also rupture fragile blood vessels and even hurt your eardrums.
There are lots of varieties of neti pots available. I like the one by NeilMed; it’s easy and convenient to use. It comes with little premeasured packets of buffered saline (salt) that you mix with a cup of boiled water (let cool before using), so that the rinse water doesn’t sting. They also make a squeeze bottle that is great for travelling!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan