Instructions to Use a Neti Pot

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To use a neti pot, fill the pot with room temperature water, dissolve salt into the water, stand over a sink, hold the pot up to the nostril, and tilt the head back. Allow the water from a neti pot to irrigate and support the entire sinus cavity with instructions from a wellness educator and herbal medicine specialist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi my name is Charlotte Skiles. I am a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And today's topic that I'll be addressing is how to use a neti pot. I think neti pots can be a fantastic remedy for the sinus cavity in terms of keeping the health of the tissue there because that's we want, we want healthy mucus membranes in our sinus cavity and the neti pot is an Ayurvedic tradition that facilitates the health of the sinus cavity. So what you want to do is you've got to go out and purchase a neti pot. They're readily available in health food stores and they're white ceramic little, kind of looks like a teapot with an odd spout. And so in terms of a step by step process here and how to use it, purchase the pot, when you get home you'll want to put room temperature warm water in the pot with a little bit of salt. I'm estimating about a quarter of a teaspoon. Some of the neti pots are sold with little salt packages, so you don't have to worry about the amount because it's kind of chosen for you. But the appropriate amount of salt is key because you don't want it too salty and you don't want it not salty enough. You fill that up, you dissolve it in the water so give it a good stir. And then you want to be over a sink and you hold the neti pot up to your nose and tilt your head in that direction and the water irrigates the entire sinus cavity and comes out the other nostril. You're going to be breathing through your mouth at this time. So there's a bit of a skill set involved in terms of not letting the water go back into the throat and coming out of the nose. Now this can kind of present uncomfortable feelings for some people but I would definitely recommend experimenting with it and putting up with those somewhat uncomfortable feelings over time giving it about a month's worth and seeing how comfortable it may get for you. Once you do that side, you then switch over and do the other side, same thing. So once again this can be a terrific way to support the sinus cavities, particularly for those people who have allergies and excessive mucus production can really help keep things clean. So those are my instructions for how to use a neti pot.

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