Pot for nasal wash (Neti)
Nasal wash is traditionally recommended for the relief and prevention of nasal congestion, the common cold, sinusitis, hay fever and other allergies. Please read instructions below and in attached brochure before using pot for nasal wash (Neti).
How to cleanse your nose with pot (Neti).
Rinse the pot and spoon with clean hot water prior to using the first time.
- Put one level measuring spoon of salt (4.5 g) in pot (Neti). Usefine–grainedtableorcookingsalt–preferablyonefreeofadditives,suchas iodineoranti–cakingagents.Coarse–grainedsaltmaybeused,butmakesureitfully dissolves. We recommend using rock salt (from mines), since some people may experiencereactionstoseasalt,suchasastuffyorrunnynose.
- Fill the pot with clean lukewarm water up to the mark (0.5litre). Boil the water first (for 1 minute) and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature (lukewarm/bodytemperature)–orusedistilledorsterilizedwaterheatedtolukewarm. If you have dry mucous membranes (e.g. after a long flight) you can add a few drops ofvegetableoil,suchasalmond/sesameoil,tothewater.
- Stir the water until the salt fully dissolves. The water now has the same salt concentration as body cells. This is an isotonic solution (0.9% salt).
- Cleanse your nose. Insert Neti pot spout into one nostril so that it fits snugly. Breathe gently through your mouth. Lean forward over a sink. Tilt your head slightly to one side, with the pot following the same angle, so that the water runs in through one nostril and out the other. Pourhalfapotinthrougheachnostril.Gentlyblowyournose aftercleansingtoeachside(seestep6).Ifyournoseneedsmore thoroughcleansing,useafullpotforeachnostril.
- Let the water run out. Bend forward, your head and arms hanging down loosely.
Allow the excess water to run out of your nose. Dab with a tissue.
- Blow your nose. Stand up and gently blow each nostril separately. Avoid vigorous blowing.
Warnings and precautions
If the water runs out too slowly or it doesn’t come out through the other nostril
a) You may be pressing the spout too firmly into your nostril, thus preventing proper flow.
b) You may be holding the spout too loosely in your nostril; thus the water leaks on that same side.
c) Nasal congestion may be interfering with the flow. In this case, keep the spout in your nose, with the pot tilted, for a few minutes, allowing the salt water to loosen the blockage. Then blow your nose gently, one nostril at a time.
Repeat the procedure with your other nostril and keep changing from side to side until the water begins to run through, first dripping, then as a steady stream.
If you have a cold, blow your nose with special care – inflamed mucous membranes are more sensitive.
The unique construction of Neti pot, with its large volume and long curved spout, facilitates good water flow. This means that in most cases, your nasal passages can be cleared.
If water runs down into your mouth. Sometimes a little water may run through your nose into your mouth. This is of no consequence and could be due to nasal congestion.
But if a lot of water runs into your mouth, you may need to adjust your body position by leaning further forward, tucking your chin closer to your chest. Don’t tilt your head too much to the side. Also remember to keep breathing through your mouth and avoid swallowing.
If it stings. This may be caused by too little or too much salt, or perhaps the salt has not dissolved fully. Always use the measuring spoon for adding the correct amount of salt and fill the pot to the water–level mark. Add the salt before the water. Stir properly, making sure the salt fully dissolves before cleansing your nose. The solution is correct when it tastes salty like tears.
- It is recomended to use once or twice a day (morning/evening). However, nose cleansing may be done more frequently to prevent an oncoming cold, clear nasal congestion or alleviate symptoms of sinusitis, asthma and hay fever.
- It’s also ideal for removing particles after exposure to dusty, smoky or polluted air.
- To reduce snoring, cleanse your nose before going to bed. For more thorough cleansing, use a full pot for each nostril.
The positive effects of nose cleansing increase with regular daily use.
- Neti pot is used for personal hygiene and should therefore be kept properly clean. Rinse the pot with clean water before each use. After using, rinse pot and spoon in clean hot water and leave them to air dry completely. Regularly wash the pot and spoon by hand with a mild detergent or in a dishwasher (e.g. once a week)– more often if you add oil to the water.
For hygienic reasons we recommend not sharing your pot.
Content of the pack:
Neti pot, made of PP plastic.
The spoon, made of PS plastic. Both approved for medical use and recyclable as hard plastic.
SKANDINAVIAN YOGA AND MEDITATION SCOOL
SE-113 25 Stokholm, Sweden