If you suffer from sinusitis, hayfever or other sinus related issues, then a gentle cleanse with a neti pot might be worth a try. The nasal irrigation technique (jala neti) has been practiced by yogis in India for centuries, leaving one's nasal passages clear and ready for deep breathing. I've been irrigating my nasal passages for years this way and highly recommend it for clearing the head, as well as keeping nasty bugs at bay.
Ceramic Neti Pot
What is a Neti pot?
A neti pot looks like a miniature teapot, however the spout is especially shaped to insert into your eagerly awaiting nostrils. Neti pots were traditionally made of silver, but these days there are a whole range of glass, ceramic or plastic neti pots on the market. You can purchase them from your local yoga studio for around $15 - $30, health shop, eBay, or try www.neti.com.au for wholesale neti pots.
Fill with warm water
How does it work?
Fill your neti pot with luke warm filtered (very clean) water, about the temperature of your blood. Then mix in one teaspoon of salt to make a saline solution. Flushing the salty solution through your nasal passages, reduces inflammation, removes dirt, and kills residual bacteria and germs sitting in the sinus region.
Great for clearing blocked sinus
Blow your nose before cleansing and lean over a sink or shower recess. Insert the spout into one nostril, tilt your head forwards, and allow the mucous to flow out the opposite nostril - the salty water should just flow through on its own. Then repeat on the other side, tilting your head towards the opposite direction.
Add some salt
Remember to breathe out your mouth while the salt water solution filters through the nostrils. The neti pot purification will not work for extremely congested sinuses, so you may need to wait until the nasal passages are slightly clearer in this case.
Insert in one nostril
You should finish the nasal cleansing feeling clearer in the head and able to breathe smoothly and deeply. Repeat the process daily until the sinuses are free of mucous congestion.