Nasal cleansing – Jala Neti
I fell in love with Jala Neti (nasal cleansing procedure) even before I learned about Ayurveda. I tried it without hesitation and was amazed that not only my nose but also my mind and eyes became clearer. A friend of mine compared it to drinking up a cup of coffee or strong tea when you want to wake up quickly. I practice jala neti on a daily basis and find it soothing and pleasant.
Neti was traditionally used as a purification exercise for the practice of yoga. It is useful to remove dirt, pollen, excess mucus, pollution and other irritants. It is also soothing and moisturizing to dry nasal passages and can help prevent nose bleeds. Nasal cleansing is a safe, gentle and effective way to improve overall health.
Use of jala neti helps with following conditions:
- Sinus headaches
- Sinus pressure
- Dry nasal passages
1. Mix ¼ tsp plain non – iodized salt into 1 cup of warm water and pour it into the neti pot.
2. It is best to practice over a basin or sink or outside over the earth. Tilt your head to the side. When you have the proper angle, the water will flow easily from the upper nostril and out from the lower nostril. It takes just a little practice to get it right. Adjust your head to get the most comfortable angle. You may find that having your forehead at an angle about the same level as your chin will be just right.
3. Insert spout of neti pot gently into the raised nostril and create a seal between the pot and your nostril. Raise the neti pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline through the upper nostril. The higher you hold the pot the faster it will flow.
4. Breathe through your mouth only. You may find water draining into your mouth. If it happens, simply adjust the angle and start over again.
5. Upon completing the process, exhale gently several times to clear the nasal passage. You may want to use a tissue to catch any excess mucus.
6. Repeat on the other side. You can use only one pot on both sides or use an entire pot for each nostril. Once you get into a regular routine, the entire process will only take a couple of minutes.
Do some gentle exhalations blowing through each nostril separately and then both together and to blow your nose a few times. You may do some easy forward bends to complete drainage.
After use, simply wash out the pot with warm water and mild soap.
TODAY’S TIP: Experiment and see what works best for you. Once done you will feel great!