Do you Neti?

Flu season is upon us! If you’ve started the sniffling, sore throat, save-me-from-the-cold-sweats this winter, you’ll have to tough it out, but a neti pot can be your saving grace. It helps prevent colds by flushing out the cilia in the nostrils that hold onto the bad nasties you might inhale.

Most colds are acquired through the nostrils. Touching one’s nose and face transfers the bacteria, where it finds the perfect place to breed and wage war in your mucus membranes. I can’t begin to count the times my little friend, Neti, has saved me on my travels. From breathing shared airplane air to community taxi cabs and subways, there are plenty of places to acquire nasty germs.

So, when you’re feeling a little under the weather, get over it with a neti pot. (Please note: always use distilled water.) You can sing this little ditty while you do. Oh, and I should mention, neti pots are best used in the privacy of your own bathroom. Though it’s called muc-US, keep it a me, myself, and I activity.

I’m a little neti pot, short and stout.
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When you get all stopped up in the snout
Tip me over to get the gunk out!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This little routine has been a saving practice for so many years. Simple to do and so effective. Your neti-pot is adorable! Healthy living farmgirl style!

  2. drMolly says:

    Yes! a wonderful tool. For people with allergies it is a must, let me tell you.

  3. MaryJane, I neglected to tell you this and I meant to months ago. I read this post back in January and promptly went to my local Health food store and found this exact pot (and also a matching salt cellar…) and I started neti-ing. All because of you. I had never heard of such a thing before but I was drawn to doing this because the idea of warm water inside my sinuses sounded like just the thing to help alleviate my serious migraine headaches without resorting to more medications. I always get in the shower when I have a whopper to soak my head with the hottest water that I can, to try to help ease the pain and this neti pot thing seemed like a way to get some of the warm water inside my pounding head to soothe it. Today I used it again for a headache, as I have done countless times since I got it, and it is such a help to me in times of cranial crisis. Today I did not need my needless pain medication injector to beat the ‘dern’ ache and I think it is because of the neti pot. Thank you for posting this. It really changed my life.
    Karen

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