Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Do You Use a Neti Pot?

The first time I went snorkeling in the ocean I was so caught up in watching the wildlife that I’d forget and turn my head to watch a fish swim by. My snorkel filled with water. What I didn’t swallow went up my nose. I kept swimming back to the boat to blow my nose – repeatedly.

At the time, they told me that salt water cleared a sinus that’s why I went through a roll of paper towels blowing my nose that afternoon.

I’m allergy sufferer. A stuffy nose is my co-pilot

 I knew about neti pots but didn’t understand how to use one without water boarding myself. Instead, I bought a little bottle of salt water in a nose spray bottle for clearing my sinuses. It didn’t work as well as the ocean. I didn’t buy another one when it ran out.
Himalayan Institute Ceramic Neti Pot

Years later Husband’s co-worker Brian convinced me to give the neti pot a try. Brian believes that all sickness can be cured using either:

  1. Scotch
  2. A neti pot

Did I mention Brian is Scottish?

Brian is a great guy but not some hippie tree hugger. I’m more inclined to try something like this especially if a non treehugger swears by it.

Since I have year round allergy problems, I figure the neti pot is the better way to go than swigging Scotch day in day out. I think my liver will be happier too. (As always, your mileage may vary.)

I bought a neti pot from Amazon on the cheap because I used a gift card I earned using Google search for Swagbucks.

I’m now a neti pot convert. 

On those days when my nose feels full (TMI?) and nothing happens when I try to blow it, a little salt water rinse with my neti pot clears the gunk out. I use it in the morning when I wake up with a stuffy nose because of my allergies. I also use it when I have a cold that clogs my nose something fierce.

Using a neti pot won’t take the place of my allergy or sinus medicine completely but it sure makes a stuffy nose much more tolerable.

Have you tried a neti pot?

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