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Breathing freely

March 31, 2011 - Nikki Younk
I feel the need to do some preaching today. No, it's not about religion. Nope, not about politics. It's about the wonderful product known as the Neti pot.

For the past few days, I've been plagued with a miserable cold. Couldn't breathe, couldn't sleep, couldn't think straight.

Then, I remembered the Neti pot. I've only used the thing once before, when I had a lot of dust up my nose from cleaning. It worked pretty well, so I thought, why not give it another go?

For the uninitiated: The Neti pot is a small device that can look like a tea pot or Aladdin's magic lamp. Hey, you can even make your own Neti pot out of any small container with a spout. First, mix a solution of lukewarm tap water and salt in the pot. Then, things get tricky. This is going to sound ridiculous, and believe me, it looks even more ridiculous. You're going to lean your head over a sink or tub, tilt your head forward and to one side, and pour the salt water into one of your nostrils. If the water starts sliding down your throat, you're not leaned forward enough. The idea is to get the water to flow consistently out of the opposite nostril.

Why on earth would a person do this? Because the constant flow of salt water gently cleans your nasal passages and your sinus cavities. The water clears out all of that nasty dirt and bacteria, while the salt dries out the excess mucus. Your stuffy or runny nose is cured in minutes!

Well, at least my nose was. More than 12 hours later, my sinuses are still clear. There's still a bit of an excess mucus issue (and I know you wanted to know that), so I plan to use the Neti pot again later today.

Anyway, next time you have a cold, give this method a try. You might be glad you did.



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