Sinus irrigation has been practiced for thousands of years. The neti pot (neti is Sanskrit for nasal cleansing) and is a basic tool of Ayurvedic hygiene and is used to rinse and clean the nose and sinuses with a saline solution.
How to use
Fill neti pot with warm, slightly salted water (¼ teaspoon of fine non-ionized salt). Use only distilled or sterile water. Lean over the sink, tilt head sideways and insert the neti pot’s spout into the upper nostril and begin pouring about ½ of the saline solution. The solution will flow through and stream out of the lower nostril. Breathe through your mouth. Repeat by changing nostrils.
Use only distilled water, tap water boiled for several minutes and left to cool to a lukewarm temperature, or properly filtered water.
Do not use water that is too hot or too cold. Water that is lukewarm or room temperature is best for your neti pot.
Always clean and dry your neti pot after each use. Wash the neti pot with hot water and antibacterial soap. Dry it thoroughly with a fresh paper towel, or let it air dry.
Replace your neti pot as often as you replace your toothbrush to avoid bacteria and microbe buildup.
Discontinue use of your neti pot if it stings your nostrils, causes ear pain, or does not improve symptoms.
Talk to a pediatrician before using the neti pot on a young child.