Nasal Irrigation

I’ve had sinus problems all my life. My nose would run, and I would use up copious amounts of tissues in the process. When tissues weren’t available, it would be my shirt (disgusting), hanky (also disgusting), or a roll of toilet paper. Toilet paper was rough, and it mucked up my nose pretty bad.

2 years ago, I heard about nasal irrigation; and found out that I had another friend doing it. So I asked about it in detail, did more research, and decided to take the plunge.

Nasal irrigation, or nasal lavage, or nasal douche stems from an old Ayurvedic technique called jala neti used by ancient Indians.

In basic terms you use a commercially available device (a neti pot or an Entsol nasal wash bottle or any one of the dozens available), fill it with a warm salt water solution. It could be a nasal wash formula also commercially available, or in my case, sea salt – don’t use table salt as it contains iodine. And flush your nostrils with it.

Handy holder double tapes to the wall, stored upside down.

Bending over in the sink with the bottle in one nostril, let the water flow. I chose the Entsol bottle because I could either use gravity and natural water pressure, or close the hole in the cap with a finger and gently squeeze on it.

The warm salty solution will run up the nostril into the sinus cavities, dissolve or soften the stuck mucus and phelgm in the plumbing enough to pop out the other nostril and through the mouth. Repeat on the other side. Try not to swallow, but it will do no harm. No, you wouldn’t feel like you’re drowning, and it doesn’t hurt – unless of course you’ve gone overboard on the salt or the temperature.

Within my first experience, i started breathing free-er. Over the course of the next few evenings, the years of accumulated gunk started to clear out. Singers and athletes use it to improve their performances, and it has changed my life. If you have a similar problem, I cannot recommend it enough.

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