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Tea Tree Neti Pot

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Have you ever tried a Neti pot?

A neti pot is a way to clean out your nasal passages. In technical terms it is a nasal saline irrigation procedure. This procedure can be done at home and it is even recommended by some to be a part of your daily routine.

To use a Neti, you combine 1 pint water (use distilled or boiled water) with 1 teaspoon salt. Fill the pot with this saline solution and then tilt your head to the side. While leaning over a sink or tub, pour the contents of your Neti pot through one nostril. The fluid will flow through one nostril and out the other. As it flows through your nasal passage, it will help clear out excess mucus, allergens and irritants.

A type of Neti pot has been used for thousands of years. They were used in ancient India. It was a part of a cleansing technique in Hatha yoga. People of this day would use them to clear out the third eye. By cleaning out this third eye one would have a clear head and would experience an extrasensory perception.

Today there are many surgeons and celebrities that endorse the use of a Neti pot. They use it because every day you breathe in toxins and pollutants. These toxins enter in through your nasal passage. If you don’t clean your nose daily, these pollutants will stay there. Many compare it to the necessity to brush your teeth every day. While you need to have good dental hygiene in order to stay healthy, you should also have good nasal hygiene.

The Neti pot has withstood the test of time and many endorse the use of it; but it may not be as beneficial as we are led to believe. About ten percent of users experience irritation, stinging and nosebleeds. It is also possible that through the use of a Neti pot, you are introducing more bacteria into your body.

In order to avoid this bacterial induction, make sure that you use distilled or boiled water in your Neti pot. You also need to clean your Neti pot after each use in order to kill bacteria. Just like your toothbrush, you need to replace your Neti pot every 6 months or so. While the Neti pot is effective in removing allergens and irritants it may also remove beneficial agents in your nasal passage. Within your nasal are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents. The direct application of saline will dilute these beneficial agents and may even wash them away. This will cause you to get sick even more often. While the Neti pot may seem like a beneficial product, it may be doing more harm than good. It is best to use this product in moderation at times when you really need to clear your nose.

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