The turn toward home-based remedies for health is nothing new, nor is the use of a sinus wash as a way to clear unwanted debris and mucus from the sinuses, reducing sinus infections and allergies. What is new, however, is the recent growth in the use of sinus wash devices, or Neti pots. With pollution increasing and populations growing worldwide, the potential for more sinus problems has also increased, causing sinus washing to become a growing trend. Unfortunately, many may not know how to do a sinus wash at home on their own.
Blow your nose well before beginning to remove any potential mucus that may block the flow from the Neti pot.
Pour one sinus rinse packet into the Neti pot.
Fill the Neti pot to the fill line inside with warm, distilled water. You do not want the water too hot. Ninety-eight degrees Fahrenheit is ideal because it is roughly normal body temperature. You also do not want the water too cold. Water that is too hot or too cold may cause discomfort or pain.
Place the cap on your Neti pot and put a finger over the spout hole to block it. Shake the pot gently to mix the packet contents with the water.
Place the spout hole of the Neti pot against your right nostril. Face the handle towards your right shoulder. Do this over a sink or while in the shower to avoid making a mess.
Tip your head to the left while raising the handle so that the water and packet solution flows into your right nostril. The solution should begin flowing out your left nostril. Some may go down the back of the throat. To avoid gagging, take small, short breaths. Only pour about half of the solution through the right nostril.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the left side and facing the handle to your left shoulder.
Blow any residual mucus from your nostrils and rinse your face. You may have moisture still lightly flowing from your sinuses. It is a good idea to sniff this back up to keep your sinus linings moist.
Avoid using regular table salt with your Neti pot because it may contain a salt combination and other chemicals that may leave deposits in your sinuses.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using regular table salt with your Neti pot because it may contain a salt combination and other chemicals that may leave deposits in your sinuses.