Neti Pot | Ayurveda Self Care

Published: Apr 6, 2021 | Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Neti Pot | Ayurveda Self Care
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A Neti Pot application (the tool itself actually looks like a little tea pot) is an Ayurveda practice used to clear out nasal obstructions (debris) or congestion (notably mucus). It’s a nasal wash (or sinus rinse), which can bring relief for clogged nasal passages due to colds, irritations, allergies, surgeries, and so on.

Neti Pot usage can bring a range of benefits, such as improved breathing, reduced snoring, reduced nasal dryness, alleviation of headaches, facial pains and sinus pressure, relief of allergy symptoms, and a better smell and taste.

Usually, special saline solutions, distilled or boiled water are used to flush the nose, instead of just tap water. The practice can be part of the daily Ayurvedic Dinacharya activities.

Traditionally, the Neti Pot treatment would precede the Nasya herbal practice. The Neti Pot would be applied as a pre-cleansing, followed by a medicinal Nasya herbal treatment, which uses a variety of herbal oils, herbal steam and smoke, powders or ghee, applied through the nasal cavity.

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