Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Neti Pot

If you have no idea what a Neti Pot is, it is time you learned. This silver little teapot looking thing has been life changing for me and my clogged sinuses. (and no, they're not clogged because of cat dander around my house.)

I first learned about the Neti Pot from doing internet research on sinus problems. I was convinced I needed one, so I ordered it, but was terrified to use it once it arrived. Then one day I was watching Oprah, and that fabulous Dr. Oz was on, singing the praises of the Neti Pot. He pulled some girl out of the audience, showed her what to do with it, and that was all it took. If she could do it in front of millions of people, I could do it in the privacy of my own bathroom.

So, what do you do with it? You fill it up with warm salt water, and flush your nasal cavity out. I'll admit, it is a weird sensation to stick a metal teapot in your nostril, and watch a little waterfall trickle out of the other nostril, but it is very satisfying to see what comes out, that shouldn't be in there. I can even do phase two now, which is sniffing the water up into your sinuses, and then the water comes out your mouth. Don't try this at home without proper training, kids. I used to be on antihistamines and inhaled steroids every day, for years, for my sinus issues. I am proud to say that I am on no medications anymore, and I feel great! It's wonderful for fighting off colds and allergies, and very effective once you have a cold, for cleaning out the snot factory that ensues.

It's a great conversation piece, as I take mine on vacations with me. Mine's been to Hawaii, Big Bear, and camping in the Sierras. People love to watch me do it. At first I was embarrassed because it's not the most feminine practice, but if it helps to convert people, then I'll do it in the name of health. Some friends made a video of me in Hawaii last year. I hope that doesn't turn up on the net... We gave one as a white elephant gift at a Christmas party this past year, and the lucky recipient ended up loving it!

You got sinus issues? Get a Neti Pot - you won't regret it - I promise!

6 comments:

Jane Moneypenny said...

hahahahah. My best friend takes here EVERYWHERE. She even got a travel one for when we were in Europe. She took it into work on "show-and-tell" day and it was a huge hit.

Dingo said...

I'm sure it could help me with my allergies but I'm afraid to end up as a tabloid headline, "Blogger drowns using Neti pot! Seeking Big Sis as an accessory to homicide. Film at Eleven."

laura said...

looks like a sex toy

Mandy said...

I don't have sinus issues but my four-year-old still doesn't know how to blow.

But something tells me he's not letting me near him with a Neti Pot.

geekhiker said...

I have... no words...

Lara said...

I LOVE the Neti Pot! It's very strange to use at first, but then you can't live without it!

I love that Jane's friend took it to show-and-tell day...I have been known to use it to entertain my nephews!