Neti Pot - Nasal Passage Cleanser
No matter what I do, come Fall and Winter in Chicago, I get a terrible cold/sinus infection. Well, I got my annual cold last week and I decided to hit the Internet and seek out a simple cure - once and for all. I just don't see the point in treating cold symptoms with over-the-counter medication that just holds everything in. The whole reason that you cough and sneeze is because the body is trying to get rid of it, right? Well, I discovered the solution.
I found an ingeniously cool and seriously weird little device called a Neti Pot that gets right to the root of the problem. A Neti Pot is basically a small specially shaped pot (like a genie lamp) that is filled with lukewarm water mixed with non-iodized salt to create a simple saline solution. Guess what you do with it? You tilt your head, pour it up one nostril and the water flows up, around and right back out the other side, flushing out the entire nasal cavity along with any "congestion". You won't drown because you can still breathe freely through your mouth and it only feels strange the first couple of times. I know it sounds creepy to pour water up your nose, but all I can say is that after a few flushings, my sinus infection was gone, not just hidden and masked by medication, but GONE! I used a SinuCleanse Neti Pot in case you want to know, but there are many different types available.
Think of all the pollution, chemicals, fragrances, dust, pollen and everything else that you breathe in daily. Think of your morning commute as you sit trapped in a car exhaust parade for over an hour. All of this is first filtered through hairs and mucus membranes in your nasal passage which can get overloaded. You shower, brush your teeth and clean your ears because of build-ups, why don't you clean out your nose every once in awhile as well? Stop picking it and add a Neti Pot to your hygiene routine.
What do you think of the Neti Pot? If you use one, how well do you like it? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.