Monday, June 20, 2011

Clean sinuses

I bought a Neti Pot.

I have been having some sinus headaches and congestion that led one time too many to a sinus infection.  I had heard that these little gizmos are good for preventing problems, so I thought I would try it.

The theory is simple.  Mix together some salt and water, put it in this little teapot, put the end of the pot in one side of your nose, put your head down, and pour.  The salt water will find its way all through your sinuses and out the other side of your nose.

Sounds lovely, doesn't it?  This is what it feels like:

Imagine yourself at the beach.  You have decided to brave the sharks and stingrays for a little walk in the surf.  You are enjoying the sand and the cool water when, suddenly, a rogue wave knocks you down and tumbles you around in the ocean.  You don't know which way is up, but eventually, you are washed ashore upside down in front of your husband who is laughing hysterically at you.  Remember how your head feels after that?

Well, if you like that feeling, you should head right out to Walgreens and buy yourself a neti pot.

It must take some practice to become proficient at neti potting because when I used it last time the front of my face felt a little strange.  Sort of like I had just poured a tub of salt water into my brain.  And much later when I leaned over to pick up my shoes, out came a flood of saltwater.

Which makes your husband laugh at you.


  1. I'm glad I returned mine without using it! I wasn't as brave as you --- chose the wimpy decongestant route! wish I could've seen you do it! at least it didn't pour back out when you leaned over during church or at lunch! ha! :)

  2. You are much braver than I! I can tell you from experience last weekend that said rouge wave pummeling you in the face forcing salt water into your sinuses isn't very fun.....Neither is it fun when the same wave also took your bathing suit top down to reveal lower than pleasant views for those around you. It did however make Kim laugh! :)