Me and my neti pot

by | Jan 31, 2011 | Columns, Featured, High Desert Healing | 2 comments


Baraka purple neti potI’d been meaning to replace my white ceramic neti pot ever since there was a minor mold incident in my last home about a year ago, so I was delighted when my local health food store got in a shipment of beautifully glazed, lead-free Baraka ceramic neti pots. I chose the beautiful purple version. As anyone with chemical sensitivities knows, I first had to “offgas” the pot outside in the sun for a day or two, then clean and soak it in water with some drops of grapefruit seed oil. Once cleaned of all residues from the manufacturing and shipping process, she was ready to go.

I must admit that I was not all gung-ho to pour saline water up my nostrils, even though I had done it in the past. If you never heard of neti pots, you might be wondering why I would ever do such a thing. Well, neti pot cleansing has been used for centuries as a purification technique in India and South East Asia.

Many people rave about their daily neti pot routine and the benefits it bestows on their sinuses – including reduced allergies, easier breathing, help with post-nasal drip, and an improved sense of smell and taste. It’s also helped some to eliminate chronic sinus infections and avoid the common cold. It works by helping to flush out excess mucus, keeping the sinuses hydrated and clear so that the nasal cilia can do their job of flushing out bacteria, allergens and other irritants. Ironically, when I first started, the practice actually seemed to inflame my sinuses and cause me to have a stuffy nose. But I persevered.

For a few days last week, I stopped doing the neti pot each morning, and you know what? I missed it. Although I have yet to notice improvements in my post-nasal drip and other sinus symptoms, I did notice that doing the neti pot each day does contribute to a calming effect throughout the day. I enjoy having it as a part of my daily routine. I currently do it when I wake up, but hope to increase to 2-3x a day. While I pour the saline water through my sinuses, I visualize that salt water banishing all fungal infections out of my sinus cavities.

The instructions that came with my neti pot explain how to use it:

Beautiful Baraka lead-free glazed ceramic neti potsFill the neti pot just below its lip with warm water. Add a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and stir until it is thoroughly dissolved. Bend over the sink and turn your head to one side. Keeping the pot level, place the spout into the top nostril. Breathe normally through your mouth and slowly tip your head downward allowing the warm water to travel up through your sinuses and out the other nostril. You may need to adjust the angle of your head slightly in order to allow the water to flow out the other nostril. Use half the water and repeat on the other side. If you experience an uncomfortable sensation, adjust the level of salt.

I’d love to hear from others on how often they use their neti pot, what type of salt they use, and what benefits they’ve noticed.


  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.

2 Comments

  1. jo

    I would any day prefer neilmed plastic netipot which is very convenient for travel as well. and the best part is it comes with premixed packets that are very safe and do not burn. I also heard they are offering free on their facebook !

  2. earthwalker

    Baraka also sells the right salt packs to use. I would personally never choose plastic anything over lead-free ceramic. I am very reactive to plastics, as many with chemical sensitivity are, and so the ceramic and porcelain versions are ideal for my needs. Plastic definitely sounds less risky for travel but most of us with chemical sensitivity do not travel much.

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