There definitely aren’t many things everyone can agree on. But the fact that we need to BREATHE to stay alive is an absolute fact no one can dispute!
Now don’t stop reading because you think this blog is going to be about different breathing styles used in yoga. (Although that will make a good blog at another time!)
This is about a natural remedy to help you breathe that has been used for thousands of years and has no chemicals or side-effects.
It’s about using a neti pot, water and salt to clear your nasal passages so you can breathe better.
No matter what the season or where you live, there are always pollutants in the air irritating our nose. Some of us are more sensitive to certain irritants than others, but I don’t think there is a person who hasn’t had some type of nasal issue at some point in their life. In fact, some people live with it on a daily basis.
Not only is it uncomfortable when you have trouble breathing but it also leads to other health issues. And ingesting drugs, be them by prescription or over-the-counter, not only doesn’t usually help but adds un-natural substances into your body sometimes causing more problems.
Technically this technique is called “nasal irrigation”. Not exactly a great visual! But it’s just a way to flush out your nasal cavity using a nasal or neti pot.
This technique originated in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is a medicine system which balances the body systems using diet, herbs and breathing techniques. It started in India over 3000 years ago and is starting to be more widely recognized in the West as people are looking for more natural, alternative healing methods.
Neti is actually the Sanskrit (the ancient language of India) word for nasal clearing.
So just what can a nasal clearing/irrigation do?
Well, it may help with:
- Opening congested sinuses
- Sinus headaches
- Sinus infections
- Prevent colds and other upper respiratory infections
- Reduce nasal dryness
- Alleviate facial pain and pressure from sinus congestion
- Reduce the use of antibiotics and decongestants
- Allow for deeper breathing which helps to improve your overall health
I sure wish that I had known about this technique when I had horrendous sinus headaches and sinus pressure. I hated to do it, but I resorted to some over-the-counter meds and they still didn’t help. Once I started using a neti pot regularly, I had no more issues! And still don’t!
Doing it on a daily basis is better than waiting until you really are suffering.
The technique may seem a bit strange, but once you start seeing results you will get over it!
You can purchase neti pots online, in most drug stores and health stores. I prefer the ceramic, as I avoid using plastic even if it is BPA free.
- You need to use about 1 cup (enough to fill the neti pot) of sterile water, so distilled or boiled (then cooled) water will help prevent any contamination.
- Mix about ¼ teaspoon of fine, non-iodized salt into the warm water until dissolved. Usually when you buy your neti pot it comes with a salt but you can also use Himalayan Pink Salt.
- Once the salt and water are mixed, pour it into the neti pot.
- Standing in the shower, or over your bathroom sink, place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril and tip your head to the opposite side. As your nasal passage clears, the water will exit the opposite nostril.
- After a few seconds, repeat on the other side by placing the neti pot in your other nostril and tipping your head in the opposite direction.
And that’s it!! A few minutes out of your day to help you stay healthy without the use of harmful products.
I’d love to hear about your results using a neti pot. Or if you are going to start.
In Peace and Good Health,
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How many remember this diet craze a few years ago?
Eat cabbage soup for 7 days and lose 10 lbs!!
Regardless, this is a nourishing soup that is good any time of the year.
Loaded with a variety of vegetables, it’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.
With all my soups, I like to make a large pot and then freeze in small batches. And making it in a slow cooker is the best.
Try to use organic vegetables for optimum health benefits.