Why use non-iodized salt in a neti pot?

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Why use non-iodized salt in a neti pot?
Table salt is not recommended for use in a neti pot. (Image by Fotolia.com, courtesy of kellykramer)

A neti pot is a vessel used to irrigate the nasal passages with a warm saline solution. Insert the spout into one nostril as you lean sideways over a sink. Pour in the saltwater, which will flow out the other nostril.


The process of nasal irrigation, also called jala neti, helps clear mucous, pollen, viruses and bacteria. Jala neti helps prevent colds, unclog sinuses, relieve headaches and enhance the senses of smell, hearing, vision and taste.


To make the saline solution, completely dissolve 1/4 tsp pure sea salt into 236ml. of warm water.


Use pure sea salt in your neti pot. Iodised salt, or table salt, may contain additives that irritate the nasal membranes. Rock salt also may cause irritation.


The warm water should match body temperature, around 36.7 degrees C.


Blood, sweat and tears all contain salt, which has antibacterial properties.

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