Learning how to use a neti pot is not as intimidating as it may seem.
The term neti pot derives from an ancient yogic technique of sinus rinsing called Jala Neti. The yogis believed that irrigating the nasal passages contributed to one’s health – and apparently they were right. (See our companion article on the benefits of sinus rinsing.)
Here are step-by-step instructions for getting started with a neti pot:
Open your mouth and breathe through your mouth while you gently pour. RELAX.
After a few seconds, the water will begin to stream out of the lower nostril.
Use half your solution in the first nostril; save the remainder for the second.
In between nostrils, you can stand upright and GENTLY blow your nose to clear it.
If some water drains into your throat, it’s OK. Simply spit it out. Work on our technique and the angle of your head till the water remains flowing only in and out of the nasal passages.