As spring is upon us (YAY!), I thought I'd bring back an oldie but goodie blog… on my favorite contraptions–the Neti Pot. In spite of recent talks that using the Neti Pot can cause or worsen infections–I still stand behind the use of one. Now, I just firmly recommend that when you use your Neti Pot, be sure to use it with either bottled or boiled water (that has come down to room temperature).
Reason's why I love the Neti Pot: it's great for nixing a cold, soothing a post-nasal drip, relieving allergy symptoms, reducing undereye puffiness, treating sinus headaches and getting any unnecessary gunk out of your sinuses that could be causing any host of problems.
For those of you who are still hesitant about using your Neti Pot–several clinical studies have shown that regular use of the Neti Pot eases allergy symptoms.
In fact, the studies showed that the beauty of the Neti Pot is that it can clear nasal passages without causing the typical dryness or “rebound” congestion which occurs as a side effect from the use of decongestants and allergy meds.
A 2007 study at the University of Michigan looked at 121 adults with chronic nasal and sinus problems. Over two months, the scientists found that those who used the Neti Pot reported greater improvements than those treated with a nasal steroid spray.
So, as spring is upon us and pollen's a plenty… go out and buy yourself a Neti Pot!