Nasal and sinus irrigation (jala neti) is a safe and effective practice that supports and restores upper airway function.
The earliest records of nasal and sinus irrigation is found in the ancient Hindu practice of Ayurveda whose roots are traced to the Vedas.
If you are entirely new to nasal and sinus irrigation it may help to consider that dental hygiene in the form of teeth brushing was only introduced as a public health intervention in the late 1940-50s in spite of having quite ancient roots.
In our experience flow rate is critical in jala neti – this pot combines a long wide diameter spout and large head volume that produce the best flow rate we have encountered.
Jala neti is used to treat and manage:
- allergy – washes out allergen and reduces irritation
- sinusitis/rhinitis/nasal polyps
- post-nasal drip (PND)
- air-borne infections
- recurrent upper respiratory tract infection
- sleep apnea, snoring and CPAP-related side-effects
- industrial, agricultural and recreational particulate exposure
- jaw and masticatory muscle pain – a common sign of mouth
breathing which is often associated with fatigue
If you would like to read more about the ‘evidence’ we have included a good quality clinical trial (jalanetistudyschmidt)
quick and dirty user’s guide
Fill calibrated spoon with fine sea salt to upper mark and bicarbonate to lower mark, tip both in pot and dissolve completely in drinking quality water up to top mark of pot. Solution should be no warmer than body temperature (37 C) – we suggest using a thermometer to calibrate your finger tips to this temperature.
With head head in a neutral position insert carefully into upper nostril – get a good seal – then tilt you head and elevate the pot to initiate flow – pour either the whole or half the pot though one side, then the other. With your finger blocking the opposite nostril gently blow a few times to clear excess saline. Sniffing mid-stream and spitting out the mouth accelerates the flow and seems to help the saline enter the sinuses. Saline may continue to drain for some time after performing jala neti. Some initial stuffiness after is normal.
For a more detailed instructions Prof Schmidt neti pot.