Neti Pots

Though there is no shortage of medication for addressing allergy and sinus problems, more and more people who prefer to manage their symptoms naturally, or who want a more economical way to maintain nasal health, are looking thousands of years back in time to an ancient healing tradition called neti.

Neti, developed by Yoga and Ayurveda practitioners in India, is a nasal purification technique that involves its use. Neti pots can be made of ceramic, glass, plastic or metal. These ancient nasal irrigation devices can help you battle your nagging cold and sinus symptoms: in springtime it’s allergies; in winter, colds and flu. No matter the time of year, there always seems to be something clogging up our nasal passages.

The pot is filled with a saline solution (grocery store sea salt and water will do just fine). Once the neti pot is filled, its spout is inserted into one nostril while the user tilts the head to the side to allow the saline solution to flow up the nasal passage and then out the other nostril. Then the technique is repeated on the opposite side. To ensure a smooth flow of saline solution, the user should breathe through the mouth while tilting the head. Neti pots can be used as needed to alleviate nasal stuffiness or daily as a preventive method of keeping nasal passages free and clear.


Neti pots are reputed to do the followings:

  • Clear the nostrils to allow free breathing
  • Remove excess mucous
  • Reduce pollen or allergens in nasal passages
  • Relieve nasal dryness, reduce cold and flu symptoms
  • Alleviate sinus headaches
  • Improve sense of smell and taste
  • Reduce snoring

A recent study found evidence that patients with daily sinus symptoms, allergies and asthma may experience improvements with nasal irrigation. A patient, who started using neti pots for a chronic sinus infection, says: “I was experimenting with so many different medications, but my symptoms kept coming back. When my friend recommended I try a neti pot, I figured I had nothing to lose. Within a few days, my sinus problems cleared up and haven’t come back since. I now use my neti pot every day”

Though most research on nasal irrigating indicates there are no significant side effects from neti pots and concludes that the benefits outweigh any potential risks, Health and Beauty is running this article only for its readers, information and not advocating using of neti pots. Ask your doctor before switching to this ancient form of medication.


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