Neti Pot Revival
I finally bought a neti regular syringe. I've read the irrigation doesn't go as far back, but if you can draw it down through your mouth instead it should do. I like that I don't have to tilt my head. I'm excited. I did it twice in a row to practice, but I'll cut back to twice daily until my symptoms improve. I can breath!
*** Is it safe to add essential oils? How much? Which ones?***
I use the same syringe at work when collecting samples. (They come with the "traveling case" standard.) So, basically, I just paid $20 for a silicone tip.
The neti pot intrigues me but I've yet to buy one.
I love my neti pot! I have the regular "tea pot" variety.
I definitely use it when I'm congested - at least twice a day, but more often if I'm really stuffed up. I don't use the neti pot much when I don't have any symptoms, but I might start using it once a day for the winter as a preventative measure. If you're feeling congested, there's no reason not to use it as often as you need to, if it helps. I use my neti pot first thing in the morning when I get up, and then when I start getting ready for bed in the evening. I've had a cold for the last week, and when it was really bad I was using the neti pot every hour or two. I've found it's not the best to rinse *just* before going to bed, since there is often increased drainage afterwards and it's annoying to have to blow my nose a bunch of times when I lie down in bed.
I just use plain salt, but if you google "essential oils neti" you'll find some recipes using essential oils.
As somebody that has always had allergies, they are amazing. If I was in an environment that irritates me (severe dust, cigarettes, etc) I will come home and use it. During the cold season I will try to use it daily. It has made a huge improvement in my breathing. They are pretty cheap and definitely worth trying.