Originally Posted by BlueMoonBean
Ok, maybe I'm an idiot, but what's a netti pot? Never heard of it.(
You are not an idiot!!! A netti pot is ayurvedic in origin, and has become very popular lately in the US. Especially after Oprah apparently talked about it on her show. I work in a health food store, and you would be amazed at the hot buying trends we see because Oprah approves! Strange phenomenon. Like once, she suggested fish oil, and the next thing you know it's flying off the shelf and we're getting five phone calls a day about the stuff!
Scatterbrain...oops, sorry. To answer your question, it is a little ceramic pot, looks kind of like a small tea pot. You put warm water and some non-iodized sea salt in there and then irrigate your sinuses by leaning over a sink with your head tilted to the side and pouring the saline into your nose. Then you blow out lots of good stuff, do some toe touches to get it all moving around in there, and repeat on the other side. It takes a bit to get used to it, and may sound like quite a production, but in a short time you get the hang of it, and it is no big deal. i am always amazed at how much better I feel after using mine, even if I am not feeling bad to begin with. Aside from relieving congestion, it removes germs and debris that could cause sickness. I can't remember the actual percentage, but a lot of our sicknesses are contracted through our nose. If you ever have an infection, you can add Varcho Veda aromatic netti wash plus to your salt water. It has a bunch of aromatic essential oils and zinc for an extra punch. There is a book also (can't remember the title right now) that tells how you can add different things like cinnamon and tulsi tea and sesame oil(seperately) for different physical and spiritual aspects. Very popular in the yoga community. Can be found either at a yoga studio or at most health food stores. You can just buy bulk non-iodized sea salt instead of the more expensive netti pot salt. Just make sure it is pure sea salt, with no anti caking ingredients. Fine salt dissolves the best.