I’ve struggled with sinus problems my whole life. I had asthma and croup as a child, had 7 years of allergy shots and many respiratory infections as an adult. When I finally made it to the right ear, eye, nose and throat doctor I was surprised by his advice. My primary care physician had me on one antibiotic after another and I thought I just hadn’t found the right one. He left the room and came back with a box. It was something I hadn’t seen before and quite frankly I thought he was a weirdo. With his flashlight headband, he went on to give me a live demonstration of washing & clearing my sinuses. He recommended that I do it daily, and even two to three times if I was sick. That’s how I was introduced to the sinus rinse.
- Allergens and irritants can cause an increase of mucus production in the sinuses, encouraging the growth of illnesses.
- Clears out mucus for better passage of air through the nose and throat.
- Reduce the need for medications and the onset of sinus grown illnesses.
- Alleviate pressure and pain caused by clogged and swollen sinuses. (1)
So, you know why rinsing sinuses is important, but how? After seeing a news broadcast of several individuals who experienced a brain parasite from water, I started to question the neti rinse I use. I was using luke warm tap water, sometimes a little cooler if I needed to reduce inflammation, but directly from my faucet. Turns out, the safest water to use is the purest. I purchase distilled water or boil my own well water and allow it to cool, ensuring that any bacteria or parasites are destroyed in the process.
There are two types of sinus pots from NeliMed. While I have had the ceramic neti pot in the past, my toddlers think they’re very cool and can’t resist touching them. After my last pot smashed on the floor, I thought I’d stick to plastic and am thrilled to have these samples from GreenMomsMeet & NeliMed for my review. The first post, blue, is the traditional neti pot. I stand over the sink, lean foward and breathe through my mouth. I tip my head to one side, the side the water comes out points towards the sink and I place it in the top nostril. Quite frankly I’m shocked at what comes out sometimes and I’m glad to get rid of it!
The other rinse doesn’t require bending over the sink, clear bottle, and shoots up into my sinuses. I’ve found that this helps more with forehead sinus pain and really gets up there. It’s quicker and can be more forceful if I squeeze a tad harder, but overall works well but a bit differently. For sinus sufferers like myself I think it’s beneficial to have both devices around, especially when I’m not feeling well.
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