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The Neti Pot a Nasal Rinse Pot for Infections, Congestion.

Posted in Essential oils and Health by drdave on September 11, 2009
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The Neti Nasal Douche

neti_pot_in-useBy far the best way to keep your nose cleans and keep the nasal passages clear and unobstructed is to give yourself a regular nasal douche, known in your lore as the ‘neti’.

The neti nasal douche is a particularly important form of hygiene for deep breathers, especially in this age of air pollution, smoking and mucus forming diets. The neti loosens and flushes away encrustation’s of dried mucus, dissolves and expels dust, grease and other pollutants, and thoroughly washes the sensitive olfactory endings, thus enhancing their capacity to extract and assimilate chee from the air.

Here’s how to perform the neti: heat two cups of clean (preferably distilled) water to body temperature and dissolve 1/2 to 1/3 teaspoon of salt in it, more or less ‘to taste’. The point is to approximate the temperature and salinity of the nasal passages so that the cleansing solution does not cause osmosis of fluids between itself and the nasal membranes. Pour the warm saline solution into a small teapot or a special ‘neti pot’. Squat down on the ground, tilt your head to one side, and insert the spout of the pot into the upturned nostril. Continue tilting your head sideways until the saline solution starts to pour into the upper nostril and drain out through the lower one. Heavily clogged nostrils will not permit such a free flow from side to side, in which case you must block off the lower nostril with your free thumb and gently such the solution in thorough the upper nostril. Keep sucking through the nostril until you feel the warm solution tickle down into your throat, but do not swallow it. Instead, spit it our on the ground as it dribbles down. Be careful not to inhale air while pouring the solution into the nose. After draining about half the solution thorough one nostril, switch sides, tilt your head the other way, and flush out the other side.

When the solution is finished, alternatively block one nostril with a thumb and vigorously blow air out through the other. You’ll be astounded by some of the junk that comes out; besides the usual ‘snot’, you’ll sometimes find gritty black particles, wads of dust and lint, blobs of grease, fibrous strings, and other pollutants impacted inside the nasal caverns. After blasting residual water and debris from both nostrils, dry the nasal passages by standing with hands on hops and bending forward, then vigorously raising and lowering the head while exhaling hard through the nose. This whole process sounds much more difficult than it actually is; the major hurdle is mental, not mechanical, and the most essential requirement in performing the neti is to keep calm and keep your mind on what you’re doing.

The enormous enhancement of olfactory sensitivity after a thorough nasal douche should suffice to convince anyone of its therapeutic efficacy and its vital importance to breathing and overall health. Scents that passed you by unnoticed before suddenly play aromatic symphonies in your nose, and your sense of taste- half of which involves the nose- improves multifold. Most important, however, is the enormous enhancement of vitality experienced by those who practice breath control with clean nasal passages.

If you practice breath control and perform the neti regularly, you may kiss head colds goodbye. Regardless what Western doctors say about ‘germs’ being the cause of colds and other respiratory diseases, the root cause is a pathological toxicity of the nasal membranes, which causes them to become inflamed and impacted with a dry crust of toxic mucus that forms an ideal environment for germs.

As these toxins accumulate, they severely damage nasal membranes and render the nasal passages vulnerable to attack by germs. Germs are a symptom, not a cause of head colds. One or two thorough nasal douches each week, performed as part of your regular regimen, will keep your nose clean and make you invulnerable to ‘catching’ the colds that have become so ‘common’ in this age of air pollution and denatured diets Credit: HPS Online


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