Breathing Easier

Since moving back to San Antonio I've experienced my share of headaches, watery eyes, and congestion due to allergens in the air, and this year was the worst yet. My constantly stuffy nose made it hard for me to breath at night, so I went to the doctor for an allergy test. Turns out, I have a slight reaction to Willow, and the doctor suggested I try using a Neti Pot (or nasal irrigation) a few times each week to help get rid of the allergens and mucus that collect in my nasal passages.

I had heard about Neti Pots, but I was too afraid to actually try one. Drowning is one of my greatest fears so the thought of having water run between my nose and throat then back to my nose freaked me out!

But I was desperate so I went to my local drug store to pick one up, and I was a little overwhelmed by all the options. There were some that looked like genie lamps and some that looked like kettles, but I ended up selecting the one that looked the lest complicated to me (see main photo).

When I got home I filled the Neti Pot with the enclosed saline packet and added distilled water. You MUST use distilled water. Why? Because tap water can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can enter your body, including your brain.

I was extremely nervous but I leaned over the sink at a 45-degree angle, put the tip up to one nostril, held my breath and squeezed the bottle---OMG what a rush! I felt a tingle as the saline made its way through my nasal passage but it wasn't bad at all. In fact, it felt amazing because I could breathe! I'll admit some nasty stuff came out but that's the beauty of it. Because the pollutants were no longer in my nostrils, I could finally breathe.

I’m sort of addicted to the Neti Pot now, using it at least once a week, and always after a long outdoor run or bike ride. Not only does it allow me to breathe freely at night, but I credit it for helping to prevent me from getting sick as often.

It's definitely not a glamorous thing to do, but this inexpensive device has changed my life, and I recommend to everyone! Give it a squeeze and let me know what you think. ;)


My Neti Pot Tips

- Use distilled water ONLY

- Do not pinch your nose during the process—pinching can sometimes block the allergens from coming out. My doctor recommends just blowing out through your nose, as this allows everything to flow.

- If you feel a little stuffy afterwards it's normal. It may take a few minutes for the water to completely get out of your nasal passage.