The neti pot

Over the past month or so, I’ve had a sister, two coworkers, and a friend recommend that I try a neti pot to help with my sinus problems. I’ve heard of them before, but I couldn’t get past the idea of pouring liquid into my nostrils and letting it flow out the other side. With some symptoms of the endless cold I had caught still hanging on for dear life, I decided it was time for drastic measures. Several days ago I bought a neti pot.

When I got it home, I took the neti pot out of the box, read the instructions, prepared the solution, and hesitated. Did I REALLY want to pour liquid into my sinus cavities?

After thinking about my stuffed up nose for a moment, I yielded to the wisdom of this ancient home remedy and began the procedure. Once done with each side, I blew my nose. Not to get too disgustingly descriptive, but I blew stuff out of there that looked like it was hanging out in my sinus cavities for months. Before I went to work the next day, I used the neti pot again, and I couldn’t believe how much better my sinuses felt. I should have been using this thing long ago.

The lesson of this story? When several people are all telling you to try the same thing, this is a major sign from above. Don’t be a fool. TRY IT. Using a neti pot may look strange (see the demo below). But it works.

Neti pot demonstration