I get this question quite often..
“How do you use a netipot? Every time I do it stings so bad and it’s horrible!”
Lemmi guess…. You simply turned the tap and filled your netipot. Of course it’s going to sting! I got you covered. Check out this how-to and a few more tips at the end.
Before we get started, here’s some benefits of using a netipot:
□ Gets rid of mucus and bacteria
□ Strengthens the immune system
□ Relieves allergy symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose.
Sounds brilliant right? Now let’s get started
1. Boil water and let sit to a luke warm temperature.
You could turn the tap on and use the warm running water, it is best to boil the water once to get rid of smell/chemicals of tap water. It’s a pain. Trust me, it’s worth it. I boil the water and come back to it in 5-10 minutes when it’s at the perfect temperature.
2. Add natural salt. When you lick the water, it should taste a little salty.
Use natural salt instead of table salt. It is easier and more gentle on the body. I recommend using white salt.
Side note: A friend of mine used pink Himalayan salt in her plastic neti pot and the inside of the pot started to turn pink. Imagine what’s happening in your nose. Stick to white salt.
3. Lean over a sink, stick the spout into your nostril and GO!
Make sure you stand over a sink and lean forward about 45 degrees. Slightly tilt your head to the side. Put the spout into the nostril which is higher and pour the water in. Don’t breathe through your nose! (I done it before. Not a pretty scene.) Hold your breathe or breathe through your mouth while you do this. Relax your sinus area, and let gravity help move the water from one side of your nostril to the other. After a few seconds, take the spout out of your nose. Keep your head tilted for a bit longer to let the water exit your system.
4. Do the other side
Don’t blow your nose if you don’t have to. Very gently use a tissue and blow your nose if you must. If you’re good to go, tilt your head the other way, stick the spout in your other nostril and repeat.
Sometimes mucus may travel down the throat when using the neti pot. Gargle with the same luke warm salty water a few times to clear your throat.
6. Wash your neti pot and set aside to dry
Make sure you gently wash your neti pot, and set it aside to dry.I like to keep mine in the kitchen so I don’t have to walk around the house for hot water and salt. Keep your neti pot anywhere in your house you feel is convenient for you.
Tip #1: Use WARM water. Cold water stings!
This is the number one reason why I hear people say they can’t use a neti pot. It’s the water temperature. Cold water STINGS REALLY BAD! Don’t trust me? Try it. It’s bad. You would never want to use a neti pot again. Use warm water. Your nose will thank you.
Tip #2: Dissolve the salt completely.
Salt particles stuck in your nose is not fun. Yep, I’ve done that too. One time I used a very grainy sea salt. At first it was fine, and as the water level in the pot went down the salt content increased.. than I had salt grains go up my nose. Not. Fun. Worse than using cold water. Don’t try it.
Tip #3: Use your neti pot in the morning.
Sometimes when you’re using the neti pot, water might go to your ear. It happens. Don’t freak out. Since we don’t spend most of our day on our heads, the water will slowly find its way to your throat. I have it happen every once in a while.
I hope this has been a helpful guide for you to familiarize yourself with using the netipot.
Still struggling? Drop me a message and let me know. I’m happy to answer.
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