On Tuesday night, I was beginning to feel a little under the weather and thought to myself “I cannot get sick right before Thanksgiving…I have too much to do!” So I decided that I better nip this thing in the bud and took out my ever-so-dependable Neti Pot. “What’s a Neti Pot?” you ask? It’s a nasal cleansing pot that irrigates your nasal passages with saline water (the Pot comes with a special salt). I started using Neti Pot years ago at my husband’s recommendation and have been a non-paid promoter of it ever since!
The first time you try it, it’ll feel a little awkward because you have to tilt your head, put the tip of the pot into one nostril and let the saline solution run out the other. I usually do this when my sinuses start to feel a little tender or if I’m suffering from allergies. It’s a great natural remedy…I haven’t taken sinus/allergy medication in years!
Another tip: When I feel a sore throat coming on, I do something similar by gargling with salt water. It sounds horrible, but the results (for me anyway!) are fantastic! I recommend doing this right before you go to bed. Just mix about two teaspoons of salt with about 4-6 oz. of warm water. The salt water cleanses your throat much like the saline solution does for your nostrils with the Neti Pot. I gargle for about 10-15 seconds and repeat two more times. You might feel a little burning, but I like to think of it as the start of the healing process.
So today, I feel great and I truly believe it’s because I was able to nip it in the bud. A positive attitude and keeping busy helps me too!