Years ago, I had a sinus infection. I had been on a round of antibiotics which seemed to help during the ten-day treatment, but it came back right after. I was so frustrated knowing I would have to go back and get more antibiotics, which probably wouldn’t work, while further compromising my gut health. I was a mess. It was New Years Day and I really did not want to go to a clinic! I somehow remembered the Neti pot and thought I’d give it a try, after all, what could it hurt? It was the very best thing I could have done! It was instant relief. I did it three times that day and the next. My sinus infection cleared up, and I saved all the time, money, and aggravation of going to the clinic and exposing myself to more pathogens. I continue to use my neti pot daily. I have never had another sinus infection.
Over the years, I have grown to love my Nasal cleansing practice for the many benefits it gives me. Breath is life! Being able to breathe clearly through both nostrils is essential for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Taking the time to do it correctly is a worthy investment.
Beauty and wellness benefits of nasal cleansing:
- Removes Allergens, pollutants, and irritants from your nasal passages. Okay, let that sink in. We have allergens, pollution and other irritants lurking in our face, yuk! That is a stand-alone reason to practice nasal cleansing! I always think about putting my skincare and makeup on a clean canvas.
- Breathe deeper allowing more oxygen into your body makes your mind calm and blissful and your pranayama practice more effective, also brings more oxygen to your body to support everything you do
- Breathe better, sleep better
- Help relieve sinus pressure
- Food tastes and smells better, eat less enjoy it more, feel more satisfied
- Use distilled or purified water. I use RO water that I boil and cool to 98-100 degrees. A wrist test works to determine if the temperature is ok. Never use tap water! Use about ¼ to ½ tsp good salt depending on the size of your pot. I use Himalayan Pink.
- Tilt your head to one side over a sink, open your mouth and insert the tip of the pot into the top nostril. Allow the water to flow into one nostril and out the other. Blow your nose and repeat on the other side.
- When you are finished take a drop of oil, such as sesame, apply onto your finger and rub it inside the nose to lubricate the tissue. Or even better follow with Nasya which I will describe in my next blog.