A Neti pot is a small vessel used to cleanse the sinus cavities. This process is thought to relieve congestion and reduce swollen membranes associated with colds and allergies. Many use a Neti pot on a daily basis, particularly when allergies flare up or during the cold and flu season. This article will explain how to prepare a Neti pot for use by mixing a cleansing solution with common ingredients found at home.
Things You'll Need
- Clean, 1-quart container Clean tap water, bottled water or distilled water Non-iodized salt (also known as pickling salt) Baking soda Neti pot or nasal syringe
Recipe for a Neti Pot
You can use tap water, bottled water or distilled water for your Neti pot recipe. If you use tap water, consider boiling it first to ensure that it is sterile. Place 8 oz. (1 cup) water in a clean Neti pot or nasal syringe.
Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. non-iodized salt to the water. Choose non-iodized salt over regular table salt because the latter includes additives that are not recommended in the Neti pot recipe. You can find non-iodized salt in most grocery stores. It is sometimes referred to as pickling salt. Some people also choose to use sea salt for this purpose.
Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. baking soda to your Neti pot solution. This ingredient adjusts the pH in your body and acts as a buffer for the salt water. Never substitute baking powder for baking soda, as baking powder will not provide the same function and could irritate the sinus cavities.
Mix the solution until the salt and baking soda are completely dissolved. If you make up more than one serving of your Neti pot solution, mix it each time before using to ensure that the sediment from the solid ingredients does not get into your sinus cavities. Keep your solution at room temperature until you are ready to use it. Some people find that heating the solution slightly in the microwave before using makes for a more comfortable nasal rinse. If you use the microwave to heat your Neti pot solution, shake it well before placing it in your Neti pot to prevent hot spots in the liquid; you only want to heat it to a slightly warm temperature.
Another option for a Neti pot recipe is to purchase packets of mixed solution that can simply be added to water. Packets are generally packaged in bulk and will provide instructions on how much water to add. Most will recommend using boiled or distilled water to the mix for best results. This method can be more convenient, but it also costs a bit more than a homemade Neti pot recipe.
Tips & Warnings
- A Neti pot solution can be made in quantity and stored for up to one week. Use a clean container and store at room temperature.
- Do not use this solution if your nose is so congested that you cannot blow it. See your doctor if your congestion is accompanied by a fever or thick, green mucous or if it doesn't go away on its own in a few days.
Homemade Neti Pots
The Neti pot looks like a cross between a teapot and Aladdin’s shoe. It is used to unclog nasal cavities when affected...
Homemade Saline Solutions for a Neti Pot
A neti pot is a small container, typically ceramic, glass or metal, with a round spout shaped to fit the human nostril....
Neti Pot Solution Recipes
The solution used for neti pots should start with room temperature water and about a teaspoon of salt. Sesame oil and golden...
Nasal Wash Recipe
Nothing is more annoying than being unable to breathe because of a stuffy nose. Over-the-counter nasal sprays that give instant relief are...
Sinus Wash Recipe with Salt and Baking Soda
Commercial saline nasal washes are good, but are more expensive than making your own. Commercial washes contain only salt and water with...
Homemade Solution for the Neti Pot
The use of Neti pots started in India by yoga and Ayurvedic practitioners. This method is used for cleansing the nasal passages...