How do I use a neti pot?
A neti pot is a small container with a spout that distributes warm water mixed with salt into your nostrils. Yogis and Ayurvedic practitioners have used nasal cleansing, known as neti, for thousands of years to help relieve sinus and nasal congestion, infections, postnasal drip, and headaches. Usually made of ceramic, a typical neti pot holds 2/3 cup of distilled, warm water and 1/8 tablespoon of salt. To use the neti pot, place the spout in one nostril, tilt your head slightly to the opposite side, and gently pour the warm fluid so it runs in one nostril and out the other. Blow your nose to discharge any remaining liquid, then repeat on the other nostril. Start with a small quantity of water until you feel comfortable with the full dose. —David Simon, M.D., medical director and cofounder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and author of The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices