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Readers Respond: Best Ways to Use Your Neti Pot

Responses: 33


Updated May 12, 2009

simple is best..no more sore throats

I am amazed at the effectiveness of nasal irrigation. 1pc 5ml bulb syringe. 1 plastic cup. Fill it up 3/4 full warm water. add about half teaspoon of salt (i use natural sea salt, keep a whole shaker in the bathroom). Mix and i'm ready to squeeze. Tilt my face left, do the left nostril. Tilt right, do the right nostril. Repeat. Garge. Repeat whole process. When i squeeze the syringe, i use a bit of force, which helps to clear out any mucus or saliva or bits and pieces stuck here and there. I do it twice a day. And my sore throats are almost...GONE.. Beats antibiotics every two weeks and lets me lead my normal life with coffee and dairy products every now and then. IT WORKS AND ITS CHEAP!
—Guest Nasal Irrigation works!

How fresh should the solution be? Help!

Hi, I have been making my own saline solution (the baking soda, kosher salt mixture). I can only time wise afford make a batch for a week (stored in a glass jar). I use that up over a week. Does anyone know if the solution loses its effectiveness; how often should I make a new batch of solution? Please help!!! thank you.
—Guest Naz

it's gross initially, but I'm addicted n

I use the Neilmed squeeze bottle along with their premixed packets added to preboiled water. I had sinus surgery 3 years ago, have severe allergies too, and have been rinsing since the surgery. I find such relief from this method of clearing allergens from the sinuses and do it daily now, sometimes twice/day if I feel a cold or sinus infection coming on. It can't be beat for excellent sinus cleaning.
—Guest GUEST

Squeeze bottle works best

I also find the Neil-Meds squeeze bottle to be simple and effective. They include many useful tips, including an easy way to expel the extra water from the sinuses (bend down, turn head to one side, blow the upper nostril, repeat on other side) The premixed packets are handy for travel, but at home I mix equal amounts pure sea salt (sold for this purpose) and baking soda, and use 1/2 tsp per cup. It is part of my daily shower routine. I began doing a daily rinse a year ago, and have not had a single cold, sinus infection, ear infection, or sore throat!
—Guest Jacqui

So easy, so effective

I read so many posts about Neti Pot effectivity that I thought I'd give it a shot to help with sinus congestion. My sinuses close up while I'm sleeping and invariably I wake up with a completely dry mouth and the inability to to breath thru my nose. This treatment works. Using a Neti pot is VERY simple. I read so many posts that went into such great detail, I figured there was a steep learning curve. It's actually very intuitive. You will feel the water flow through your sinuses, if you head isn't in the proper position, a little water might flow into your mouth (just spit it out). I know a lot of people on this site are promoting a squeeze bottle. That's fine, but the neti pot is so easy to control that I gotta believe it's the best way to go. I am little confused by the recipe posted here. 1tsp/cup seems way to salinic. Most advice recommends 1/4 tsp/cup. Adding a pinch of baking soda is a great way to make the solution more comfortable and tolerable.
—Guest Mark

Sinus Infections

I had sinus surgery about 8 years ago...the worse experience I've ever been through. The surgeon had to scrape out the diseased lining. He told me to buy a bulb in the drug store. I got at Walgreens. It's blue and I think it's actually a large ear syringe. I was told to use my own mix every night and every morning. Many times it has stopped infection in it's tracks. Sinus disease is a just something you have to live with and treat like any other chronic ailment. This works and I can usually do it faster than the time it takes to brush my teeth.

Try a Water-pik

water-pic makes a nasal adapter it is great for this. you can adjust the pressure to suit.
—Guest Neil


Post nasal drip all my life and susceptable to colds and chronic broncitis . Irrigated sinus and since that negative problems with colds , Pneumonia etc . Do it , it works . Mike
—Guest Mike

Neti tricks

After disolving the salt (I think pickleing salt is best perhaps with some baking soda as well) the liquid in the spout of the Neti pot does not participate in the mixing. Before beginning the irrigation, pour out a small amount to clear the spout and get the mixture into it. It will eliminate the initial sting that tap water alone produces.
—Guest Karl

Just Do It

Proper water flow is best achieved with a Neti Pot rather than "home made" dispensers; I've tried this other ways but the Neti Pot is specifically designed for this use. Used with the kosher for Passover, 99.99% USP grade, non-iodized Neti Salt, it clears out the pollen and other built-up nasty stuff from your sinuses and helps ameliorate symptoms of allergies and sinus infections. Do not use sea salt or table salt; they are not this pure. I'm not a shill for the Himalayan Institute but I do use their Neti Pot and Neti Salt with great results: http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/Netipot/NetiPotGateway.aspx When you buy a jar of Neti Salt, you get a little measuring spoon and in the future you'll only need the little bags of salt, less than $3, to refill the jar. There are similar pots and salt out there that also work. Point is, these pots (and salt) may cost a few more dollars than home made versions in the beginning, but you'll get years of proper and consistent use from them.
—Guest kaylee dee

Correction to my comment about Neti-Med

The correct word is Neil-Med. The company is in CA.
—Guest Conie

saline flush

My daughter, who lives in Beijing, just went to her holistic doctor and learned about a NetiMed bottle. She sent one to me from this company. Note: I do not work for this company. Had never heard of them! I have used a neti pot. The NetiMed bottle is much, much easier. The company also sells the tiny packs in bunches of 50 that has the solution to put in it. It is better to use distilled water. I have had the worst sinus illness this year ever. I also resorted to putting a warm wash cloth over the sinuses on either side of my nose, and boiling water with eucalyptus oil for steam. Nothing seems to help for very long. It is a constant battle, but comfort is to be found. I live in NC and the doctor said it was the constant switch from warm to cold weather. I took a round of antibiotics, along with heavy probiotics, and the relief lasted only a few days.
—Guest Conie

saline solution

Is sea salt ok to use as the salt ingredient? I notice in the article it says to use the purest salt available. I don't think that would be sea salt. Anyone know?
—Guest cara

use of salt

The purest salt is the best, and it's best to ensure that all the salt is completely dissolved before use, to avoid uncomfortable stinging after use.
—Guest Kitty

a cheaper "neti pot"

A friend gave me a plastic baby bottle, with a hole drilled in the bottom, and a large hole cut in the nipple. The nipple is softer and more comfortable in the nose, and the bottle is (almost) unbreakable. Considering that ceramic neti pots cost about $20, a $3 baby bottle is a great alternative and easy to pack when you travel. Obviously, you need to hold your finger over the hole in the bottom when you fill the bottle :)

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