I have mentioned the Neti-Pot several times on my facebook status, and many have wanted an explanation. The Neti-Pot has been a life-changing experience for Stu and me. No kidding. We LOVE it. I’ll start with a picture:
It’s a sinus rinse. If you have allergies, get sinus infections, or simply want to help prevents viruses from growing in your nose, then you should consider this. It was recommended by my doctor when I was breastfeeding Blake and came down with a raging sinus infection. I went to him hoping he would tell me to quit breastfeeding and give me some awesome antibiotics. He told me to try the Neti-Pot. I was skeptical to say the least. This was way before Oprah was endorsing it. I have terrible allergies and used to develop sinus infections 2-3 times a year. I know which antibiotics work and how long they take, and I am not one to consult natural home remedies. But I was reminded that I owe it to my baby to try this first. And, I kid you not, after 2 days of Neti-Pot, I was in the clear!! I don’t mean to gross you out, but there is something very satisfying about about watching that rainbow mucus leave your head. I use my Neti-Pot daily now and have not developed a sinus infection in 2 years! I finally brought Stu over to the dark side and we have both noticed a significant difference in how often we get sick. I am, however, home with a cold right now for the first time in who-knows-how-long. I’m hoping using it will prevent this from turning into an infection, and plus it just offers so much relief!
If you’re still freaking out about this, it’s time for you to man up and try something new. I will call you names if you are too scared to pour some salt water through your nose. I’m going to make you read the instructions on how to use this, but I will say that I have not mastered how rinse without holding my breath (even though it says you can breathe while doing it). It’s not painful (unless you, like my husband, think that you can burn the mucus out with super-hot water). Follow the instructions.