December 17, 2015
My mom introduced me to the neti pot when I was a young, chronically congested girl. To convince me to use the funny-looking device, she cleverly presented it to me as Aladdin’s genie lamp. Growing up, I never doubted the neti pot’s magic powers because it always worked wonders to clear out my sinuses.
While I’m no longer quite so gullible (sorry, Mom), my sinuses and I continue to be big fans of neti pots to this day. And trust me, I’m not the only one.
Nasal cleansing, traditionally known as jala neti in Sanskrit, has been an integral part of Indian Ayurvedic tradition for more than 5,000 years. In many parts of the world, this respiratory remedy is trusted to do more than just promote sinus health. It’s believed to help clear your mind and cleanse your senses so that you can better absorb vital life energy, or prana, and feel better overall.
Thanks to modern-day proponents including Dr. Oz, more and more people are embracing this Ayurvedic practice—particularly during cold, flu, and allergy season. Even though you may look and feel a little silly doing it, it’s definitely worth a shot.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho
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