If possible, I always prefer natural remedies at home for cold and flu symptoms. When it comes to cold and flu, we use neti pots daily and it makes a big difference! This ancient nasal technique is incredibly beneficial and can provide natural relief for colds, allergies, dryness and more.
I promise it won’t be as weird as you might think and even feel refreshed! In this post, we will consider the benefits of neti utensils and ways to use them in a safe way (even for children).
What is a netty pot?
Neti pot was developed in ancient India as an ayurvedic remedy for congestion. It is a container (looks like a beautiful tea) that can be used to clean bones. It is filled with a solution of salt water and passes through the nostrils to clear the nasal passages.
Don’t worry- it’s not as bad as it sounds! Once you try, you’ll want to do it again and again. It’s like a refreshing bath or shower for your bones.
Are neti vessels safe?
Used properly, it can be a very safe way to irrigate nasal passages. The important thing to remember is that you should use sterile water so you do not introduce pathogens into the nasal passages.
- Whether you buy contaminated water or sterile water at the grocery store is an option.
- Another possibility is to use filtered water and then boil and cool it. Anything larger than 1 micron in the filter should be removed. The water filter I use and its description is worth it.
Benefits of Neti Putt: Do They Work?
Neti pots are a great way to get rid of congestion in the sinuses. A 2016 study found that nasal irrigation reduced bone symptoms. It also helps reduce bone headaches, over-the-counter medications and doctor’s visits.
Neti vessels cleaned the sinuses and nasal passages by irrigating them with salt water. It works like a salty nasal spray, but it does more than just remove the gun. The benefits of using neti pots are:
- Removes excess mucus in the nose
- Helps with upper respiratory infections
- Clean the nasal passages to allow better breathing (snoring may also help)
- Clears pollen or allergens in the nasal passages
- Helps with cold symptoms
- Can help dry the nose
- Helps with bone issues related to pregnancy
I personally know that using neti pots helps the crowd, especially if I use herbal face before or after steaming.
Neti dishes are also great for washing away allergies hanging in your nose, just waiting for them to cause any trouble. I double my neti pot use during the allergy season, as well as treating these other natural allergies.
How to use neti pot
Basically, a neti vessel will use gravity to draw salt water through the nasal passages. It is very easy to use a neti vessel to irrigate the sinuses.
- Mix your salt water solution. o Add a teaspoon of pure sea salt to 8 ounces of sterile water. You can also add a teaspoon of the mixture to the baking soda (to make the mixture easier to pass through the nose).
- Add the saltwater solution to a clean neti pot (room temperature water works best).
- Tilt your head over the sink.
- Insert the faucet of the netty vessel into the upper fistula and begin inserting. Water will come out from the bottom because it is irrigated to pass through. Stop when you use half the solution.
- Repeat on the other side with the rest of the solution.
- Clean or blow your nose if needed.
- Rinse thoroughly (with sterile water) and dry after use.
Nasal irrigation can be done daily (it is a good time to do this before bed). However, if daily use of neti pots makes your nasal passages more dry, reduce the use to once a week.
Using a netty pot can be amazing, but I promise it won’t hurt and even feel good!
How to use neti pots for children
If your child is brave and willing to try, they may love neti pots. Not only will this give them results but it is also good to spray water from your nose! I love this netty pot for kids because it’s the right size for small hands and nostrils.
But for overweight kids who aren’t ready to try the netty pot, you may need to do a little more work. Start by showing them how you use yourself and how it works to help you breathe better. You want to start with a soft nose made for children. This product is similar to a neti vessel but uses a slight pressure to purify the water through digestion, which makes it a faster process. Note that you will often need to replace it.
Once they get used to it, you can introduce neti pots.
General Questionnaire about NetPot Benefits and Uses
If you are new to neti pots you may have some questions. Here are the most common:
Is it dirty?
It can be dirty, which is why it is important to use a neti sink on the sink. But once you hang it, you probably won’t have a problem with water splashing on your clothes or splashing on the counter.
Will I be able to breathe?
You will not be able to use your nose to breathe while using the neti vessel. But you can still breathe through your mouth.
Is it really important to use sterile water?
Although the complications of using unregulated water in neti vessels are very rare, I recommend being on the safe side and always using sterile water. I also recommend being very careful to clean netty utensils and your hands after use. Always air dry the neti pot between uses.
Do I need my netty pot?
Yes. Neti pots should not be shared as they are personal hygiene items. They are relatively inexpensive, so it’s easy to make your own neti pot for each family member.
At what age should my children start using neti pots?
Neti pots are not recommended for children. I would only use a netty pot on a child who was old enough to understand what they were going to experiment with. I never use neti pots on a child who is scared or denied it.
Where to find a good neti pot
You can find netty utensils at most pharmacies or drug stores, although many of them will be made of plastic.
If you are not ready to try neti pots, salt spray can provide many neti pot benefits. We like Janxa saline spray because it is soft and natural.
Why not a netty pot?
There is nothing wrong with trying neti pots if your bones are full of goats. There are no side effects to doing it right. I keep my nets available all year round to help with seasonal congestion, colds, and anything else that makes me feel uncomfortable.
This article was reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, Medically Certified Family Physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk to your doctor.
Have you tried using neti pots? What was your experience
- Rabago, D., Hair, S., and Zagierska, A. (2009). Nasal irrigation for upper respiratory conditions. Integrative Medicine. doi: 10.1016 / b978-0-323-35868-2.00113-4
- Little, P., Stuart, B., Molly, M., Thomas, T. , Johnson, S., Leiden, G., Moore, M. (2016). Effectiveness of steam respiration and nasal irrigation for chronic or recurrent bone symptoms in primary care: Practically randomized controlled trials. Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, 188 (13), 940-949. doi: 10.1503 / cmaj.160362