It is important to use the correct neti pot solution when you are performing nasal irrigation. Anyone who as ever accidentally gotten water up their nose in the shower, bathtub, or swimming pool knows that it can hurt and be rather uncomfortable. Fortunately, when you use a neti pot with the correct solution, this is not an issue.
Indeed, the by adding the salt to the water, the resulting solution is the correct pH and is able to pass through the nose without irritation.
The traditional net post solution is made from water and salt. The salt, when added in the right proportion, makes a saline solution that is not uncomfortable at all when it asses through the nasal cavities. This is often something that must be experienced to be believed because most people who have gone swimming know that getting water in your nose can be uncomfortable.
There are a few options when it comes to preparing the solution. One option is to make your own. To do this, get some purified water (bottled water usually works, or you can also boil tap water. But make sure if you boil it that you let it cool before you even think about putting it into you nose!) and salt. Non-iodized sea salt is best, but your kitchen table salt may work, too, as long as it isn’t iodized. You can mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of water. Or, in other units, use about 2.5g of salt in 250ml of water.
If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy pre-measured packets of the salt from various companies. Each packet is about the size of a Wet-Nap and contains the correct type and amount of salt, so you just add the water do your neti pot and then mix in the salt packet and you’re ready to go. It’s convenient for people who don’t like to measure, or who are worried about using the right type of salt. It’s kind of like those pre-measured sports drink mixes that you just add to your bottle of water and drink rather than having to measure stuff out with the scooper.
You may read about other solutions that use ingredients other than salt. These are generally considered to be designed either for a specific reason, or for more “advanced” practices, and should not be used by beginners or without the instruction of a qualified teacher.
Credit: Source by John Abrego
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