Sinus congestion is a warning sign from your body to handle things before it manifests into something worse. Sometimes the pressure can be unbearable and it feels like your eyeballs are going to pop out of your head! It's been so long since I have had any issues with my sinuses that I forgot how painful and miserable it can be. That's why this video (posted below) was made on my stories and then shared to YouTube. I wanted to be able to share this with others who might be going through the same thing.
Fortunately there is a solution that doesn't require medicine. If you've spent any time on my page, you know that I believe the body has the ability to heal on its own in most cases without the use of medicine. While I do believe there is a time and place in our lives for modern medicine, I think it is very important to allow the body to feel pain so we can understand where the pain/inflammation/issue is rooted at so we can treat the actual root cause to allow it to heal on its own.
If you have never heard of rinsing your sinuses or using a neti pot, you're not alone. The first time I heard about it, I thought my friend was crazy! Then as I began to learn more about it, it makes sense.
Our nasal passages are the body's first line of defense against pollution, allergens, and other irritants, so you can see why it’s important to keep them clean and functioning. Using a sinus rinse or irrigation, is a very effective way to flush out mucus and toxins and keep your sinus passages healthy and functioning properly.
The neti pot is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that dates back thousands of years. As Ayurveda is becoming more well known in the western society, many allergy and chronic sinus sufferers are turning to it as an alternative to over-the-counter medication. I used to have terrible sinus issues in my 20's and always had nasal spray with me. I remember I used to gag when I would get the post nasal drip from the nasal sprays dripping down the back of my throat where I could taste the chemicals. Then, I just became used to it, which is scary to even think about. It wasn't long after, I was introduced to Ayurvedic medicine and the neti pot - which completely changed my life! Using a neti pot is quick, simple, and cost effective, and most importantly, it can raise the body’s defenses against illness. You know I'm ALL ABOUT building up that immune system to be rock solid!
I absolutely love using my neti pot several times a week. I used to use it daily, but now find it more practical to do it three or four times a week. In this video, I show you a more user friendly way to rinse your sinuses if you find neti pots complicated or messy.
Now, after watching that video, you may be asking yourself what the heck did I just watch! It's cool, I thought the exact same thing when I first saw a neti pot being used. Here are some things a neti pot can help:
Clear nostrils for improved breathing
Reduce nasal dryness
Ease sinus headaches
Alleviate facial pain and sinus pressure
Relieve allergy symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose
Heighten the sense of smell and taste
Prevent the common cold and other upper respiratory infections
Allow for deeper breathing
Reduce the need for medications such as antibiotics and decongestants
So if you have any of those issues, I'd absolutely recommend giving a neti pot or sinus rinse a shot. Here are a couple of studies (1, 2 and there are plenty more) that have shown the benefits of saline irrigation.
As for the water, I prefer to use RODI or distilled water that I heat up in a small cup to a little warmer than lukewarm. To test it, place a small drop on the inside of your wrist. If you don't feel the heat, it's just about the perfect temperature!
When using this sinus rinse I am showing, it comes with pre-measured salt that you pour into the warm water. Tighten the lid and place a finger over the hole and then just tip the bottle up and down to mix it up. When you don't see the salt crystals in the bottom of bottle, its ready to go. This is the sinus rinse I use in the video - Neilmed Sinus Rinse kit
The key to practicing a sinus rinse is to follow up with Nasya oil treatment. Like I said in the video, saline can be very drying to the skin, especially to the more delicate nasal passage. If you have an Ayurvedic Practitioner near you, they probably have some or make it, if not, this is a brand I use and trust - Nasya oil
I'd love to hear about your thoughts or experiences, have you ever used a neti pot or nasya oil?