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Your Guide To Buying a Neti Pot

Baraka Neti Pot Starter Kit
Yehuda Posnick

The word “Neti” is Sanskrit for “nasal cleaning”. The Neti pot was used as part of a series of six yoga cleansing rituals. In the yoga ritual, a person pours warm water (really, saline solution) into one nostril, allows the water to reach the back of the throat by gravity, and then blows it out through both nostrils. But, even without the yoga connection, there are a number of hygienic reasons for using a Neti pot. People who suffer from sinusitis, allergies, or the common cold say that the process of rinsing out their sinuses gives them significant relief. Using a Neti pot also can remove mucus, dirt, pollen and pollutants from the person’s respiratory system. But there are still a number of designs available, which make the process a little easier. Here is a guide to some of the best Neti pots on the market.

Baraka Neti Pot Starter Kit

Baraka Neti Pot Starter Kit- Sinus Care Kit (w/ Organic Sinus Oil, French Atlantic Sea Salt)

Neti Pot Types

  • Metal/Glass/Ceramic—You can find Neti pots in metal, glass, or ceramic forms. The company Sattvic Path makes ceramic Neti pots in a number of colors. Their Neti pot is also ergonomic and individually hand-crafted. Not all of them are microwave and/or dishwasher-safe.

  • Plastic—The NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Neti pot is a plastic pot, which resembles a tea kettle. It has a particularly narrow spout, to allow pouring the saline solution into the nostril.

NeilMed NasaFlo Unbreakable Neti Pot with 50 Premixed Packets

NeilMed NasaFlo Unbreakable Neti Pot with 50 Premixed Packets

What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Sinus relief: People say that performing the Neti pot procedure daily, they have not had any sinus headaches, or any need to resort to any other sinus remedies. By cleaning out the nasal passages, it allows the hairs inside the nose to grow and properly filter out the air.

  • Allergy relief: People who suffer from allergies also say that a Neti pot has reduced their allergy symptoms dramatically. It successfully rinses out the allergens from the upper respiratory system.

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Using saline solution: When performing the nasal cleaning with a Neti pot, never use plain tap water. Breathing in regular water will give a burning sensation. Instead, dissolve 2 grams of uniodized salt in 250 ml of water first. Or you can use special packets of salt and sodium bicarbonate, such as those prepared by NeilMed Pharmaceuticals, to reach the proper level of salinity.

  • Process of using the Neti pot:

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water before performing the rinse.

  2. Fill the Neti pot with 8 ounces of warm distilled water, or boiled water that has been allowed to cool.

  3. Put the contents of the NeilMed Pharmaceuticals salt mixture packet into the pot. (Otherwise, dissolve 2 grams of uniodized salt in 250 ml (= 8 ounces) of water. Himalayan Products markets packages of the proper salt for using with the Neti pot.)

  4. Tighten the lid of the pot, and shake the mixture until the salt dissolves.

  5. While tilting your head to one side, pour the solution from the Neti pot into one nostril, until it comes out through the other nostril. (The water goes into the nostril, fills up the sinuses, and exits through the other nostril.) The water should not seep into your mouth!

  6. Blow out the residual water out of your nose gently, while tilting your head to the opposite side of the nostril into which you poured the solution.

  7. Then repeat the process in the other nostril. Perform the process once or twice a day, as necessary.

  • Beware of infection: Any leftover solution should be spilled out. Bacteria could grow in the solution if left stagnant. It’s also best to let the Neti pot dry out after each use.

  • Never use plain tap water! There have even been cases of deaths due to brain infections after people have used Neti pots with water that contained the brain-eating amoeba. Use only warm tap water that was previously boiled for at least 5 minutes and allowed to cool. You can also use distilled water.

  • Replacing the pot: NeilMed recommends replacing their plastic Neti pot once every three months, to avoid the possibility of infection. But the Sattvic Path Neti pot is ceramic, and they say that their Neti pot is dishwasher-safe. It can also be sterilized with boiling water.

  • When not to use the Neti pot: Do not use the pot if your nasal passages are completely blocked. Also, don’t use it if you have an ear infection. Also, if you recently had surgery on your sinuses or ears, consult a physician before using the Neti pot.

Top Brands

Barakawas founded by Sue Libby in 1996 in Sonoma County, California. She started her business by making Neti pots by hand. Eventually she started manufacturing them and marketing them. The company also deals with essential oils and salts.

NeilMed Pharmaceuticalswas founded by Ketan and Nina Mehta in 2000, and are based in Santa Rosa, California. They manufacture a wide range of saline nasal irrigation systems, for sinus and allergy treatment.

Himalayan Institutewas founded in 1971 by Swami Rama, and has its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. They offer programs in yoga and meditation, and are engaged in numerous humanitarian projects. They also make Neti pots and other health products.

Sattvic Pathare makers of hand-made Neti pots. The use of a Neti pot is part of a yoga tradition of self-purification. Their pot is made with a traditional design, in a variety of colors.

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