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Helio Supply Co Handcrafted Neti Pot (Ceramic glaze supplied at random)

How to Use a Neti Pot

A neti pot is a small pot with a slender spout that is used to treat nasal congestion. It has been my go to every May for the last few years, since moving from Sydney to Melbourne. Every year I experience nasal congestion and at times sinusitis, which I have been able to manage better with the use of a neti pot. I’ll be honest it takes a bit of getting used to, but once you become accustomed to the sensation of water running through one nostril and out the other you’ll look forward to doing it. The benefits far outweigh the awkwardness.


How to use a neti pot.

  • Always use pre boiled water or distilled water. Do not use tap water as it can lead to a very serious, even fatal infection.
  • When using boiled water, always allow it to cool before using to prevent burns in the nasal passage.
  • Use up to a 1/4 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt or a something like a Fess solution which you can buy from a chemist.
  • Fill the pot to the base of the spout with warm pre boiled water and add the salt solution.
  • Insert the spout of the Neti pot into the nostril and tip the head at about 45 degrees towards the closed nostril, while simultaneously elevating the net pot so that the water runs into the nostril.
  • Keep the mouth open so you are able to breathe while irrigating.
  • The water is to flow in through one nostril and out through the other nostril.
  • Allow the water to pass through for about 20 seconds.
  • Remove the spout and gently blow out the nostril.
  • Irrigate the other side.

Using a neti pot flushes out mucus in the nose and any dirt and dust in the nasal passage as well. Consult with your doctor and discontinue use if irritation and or pain occurs. Wash your neti pot after each use with hot water and soap. Always use distilled water or cooled boiled water.







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