Jala Neti Benefits: How Neti Pots Work & What They Do For Your Health

Dr Jess Kitchen, Natural Fixes, You

Effective Neti – (Nasal Irrigation)

A nasal rinse used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years

Traditionally neti pots are a small jug filled with salt water and poured into the nostril and used to clear the nose for improved breathing. The salt water is made up to a balance of salt close to seawater but other minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium found in seawater (or mineral salt) are also beneficial(1).

It is now used by many to clear the nose of allergens, pollutants and infection…

Our noses contain thousands of tiny hairs that trap particles that we breathe in including allergens like grasses and pollens or chemical from air pollution and infective microorganisms like bacteria.

Maintaining healthy nasal and sinus passages is important in protecting us from infection and inflammation. We have a coating of ‘friendly’ bacteria in these passages that protect us from outside invaders. Steroid sprays can damage these friendly bacteria which reduces our protection unlike nasal irrigation(2)(neti pots) which are a gentle effective alternative.

Research shows it is very safe*(3) and may help:

1)Sinus problems like sinusitis and sinus headaches

It is shown to help the symptoms of colds with a runny or stuffed up nose(4)and also to significantly help episodes of sinusitis(5).

This makes it a great alternative to decongestants during a cold…

2)Hay fever, snoring and rhinitis

Nasal irrigation is shown to help with allergic rhinitis (hayfever) in children(6)and adults(7)

3) Smell and taste problems due to congestion

By improving a long term blocked nose then taste and smell can also improve by using a neti pot regularly.

Get a neti pot and mineral salt for your home remedy cupboard and follow the instructions below. You can use it safely for the whole family including babies*.

*Due to publicity over the rare but possible issue of nasty micro-organisms growing in the water or unclean neti pots it is recommended to sterilise your neti pot with boiling water regularly and also to use cooled, boiled water and not tap water.

How To Use A Neti Pot

  • Buy a neti pot & salt easily online – Neti pots are traditionally ceramic but don’t need to be, modern neti pots can be bought online for under £ Neti salt should be good quality and is traditionally rock salt like Himalayan crystal salt very finely ground or dead sea salt which also have other soothing minerals in.
  • Use sterilised water– Boil 200ml of water and cool before using, tap water can contain harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Add 1/2 a tsp of salt to the water and dissolve completely.
  • It takes a bit of practice! – Lean over a sink with your head at a 45 degree angle and insert the spout into your right nostril – breathing through your mouth gently pour the saline into your nostril and let it run out of your left nostril into the sink. Repeat with left nostril.
  • Dont forget to clean your pot– Make sure to regularly sterilise and wash your neti pot to stop it harbouring infection.
  • Repeat daily until symptoms settle– Neti can be very effective as part of daily practice, stop if irritation or nosebleeds occur. Otherwise continue until you get relief. (Don’t persevere for more than a few months if not improving stop – long term use can cause infection)