What It’s Like to Use A Neti Pot

Meet the nasal irrigation system, aka neti pot.
Meet the nasal irrigation system, aka neti pot.

Last week, I found myself couch-bound, battling a terrible cold.

Tylenol, Sudafed, nasal spray– nothing seemed to help. So I decided to try the neti pot I bought nearly 6 months ago, but have been too afraid (literally) to test drive. According to Wikipedia, using a neti pot, also called nasal irrigation or nasal douching (!), “is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses… According to its advocates, nasal irrigation promotes good sinus and nasal health.”

I was miserable and had nothing to lose. Here’s what happened irrigated my nasal cavity. Enjoy!

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Comments (17)

  • Nameless Wonders 5 years ago Reply

    NeilMed has a much easier squeezy bottle to use! It’s held vertically and it shoots the water up one nostril and comes out the other. It has to be replaced periodically, but I much prefer it to the drowning feeling I get from a regular neti pot.

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Interesting! I really didn’t feel like I was drowning, but would be open to trying something else. Thanks!

  • Alleira 5 years ago Reply

    I used a neti-pot when I had a never-ending sinus infection. It was great. I suggest you just go ahead and use it in the shower, which is much less messy. Or is that gross?

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Shower = brilliant!

  • Michelle... 5 years ago Reply

    I use the NeilMed too. And in the shower!

    I’m always recommending that people sinus-rinse and they’re all like(yeah nah). Then they try it 😉

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Shower is a brilliant idea.

  • Liz Scott 5 years ago Reply

    I am neti-pot obsessed! My husband thinks it’s so gross and is a total weirdo when I have it out in the bathroom. Hope you’re feeling better!

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    It totally worked and made me feel better for hours! I’m sold.

  • Whitey 5 years ago Reply

    Looks like a civilized form of water boarding!

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Yes, but better!

  • Heather Liedl 5 years ago Reply

    Smurf wang! LOL

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    True, right?!

  • Cindy 5 years ago Reply

    I’ve never tried a neti pot, but I’d totally be down to the next time my sinuses are clogged. I hate the feeling of not being able to breathe, especially when I’m trying to sleep.

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Seriously, these things really work!

  • marge 5 years ago Reply

    This is definitely a good old fashioned "hey eleanor" and it did not disappoint! I definitely want to try this and that video had me laughing.

    molly mogren katt 5 years ago Reply

    Maybe Santa will get you one for Christmas.

  • Ashley 5 years ago Reply

    I haven’t used mine in a long time, but it is really wonderful for those of us with bad sinuses! My mom has used both this kind and the vertical squeezy ones (and I thank her all the time for the sinus issues ha ha). Thanks for making the video I laughed so hard! You did well, the first few times I did this I didn’t tilt my head far enough forward and then it does choke you.

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