The winds are picking up, bulbs are starting to push out of the soil and dust & pollen are thick in the air… it is time to neti. You may be a regular to it or someone that has heard of this ancient practice of sinus irrigation. There are many reasons to practice neti daily: to keep the sinuses free from irritants, to cleanse yourself of excess mucous and by using Alchemy’s Neti Salt with essential oils, you can address issues of mental stress or lethargy.
By practicing neti you are bringing more clarity to your health and surroundings. People who neti regularly often experience less colds because the sinuses are flushed of pathogens and kept moist and lubricated to ward off the bad guys.
Use the following instructions to perform neti:
1. First fill the neti pot with warm distilled water, neither too hot nor cold. Just like testing a baby’s bottle, pour a bit on your arm to check the temperature.
2. Use a ¼ tsp+ per pot. It will taste like the ocean. Mix the salt thoroughly.
3. Place the nose cone of the neti pot into the right nostril, sealing it to the nostril with a few twists and slight pressure. Try to point the spout straight up in line with the nasal passage so as not to block the tip of the nozzle by the inside of the nose. Open your mouth and breathe gently through the mouth. Do not sniff, swallow, laugh, talk or have any movement of air through the nose while the water is flowing through.
4. Now slowly bend forward from the waist so that the tip of the nose is the lowest point of the head; and then tilt/roll the head, so that the left nostril is now the lowest point of the nose. Tilt slowly so that water doesn't run out the top of the pot onto your face! Keep the nose cone fully sealed into the right nostril so that water doesn't leak out. Continue breathing through the mouth while the water flows. After a few seconds and the water should run out the left nostril. Keep breathing slowly and gently through the mouth.
5. Before changing sides, blow out gently through both nostrils to clear water and mucus from the nose. It is important that you do not blow hard at this point or you will send water up into the ear tubes and sinuses. All that is needed is a couple of slow, soft blows out into the sink to remove the water in the nose. Do not pinch the nostrils to create extra force, or blow hard and vigorously.
6. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for other nostril.
7. If, after doing the above steps, there is still a mucus blockage, the whole process may be repeated several times until it clears.
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