I’m sure my friends and family are tired of hearing me talk about my neti pot and allergies. I can’t help it. It is the most effective way I have found to treat my hay fever which has been bothering me since 1976.

If you look in Wikipedia and search for nasal irrigation you will find a wonderful, detailed article about the use of the neti pot. Apparently the use of the pot is based on an ancient Hindu Ayurvedic practice which can be traced back to the Vedas. You dissolve  small amounts  of kosher salt and baking powder in a cup of distilled water in the neti pot. After shaking the container to dissolve the ingredients, you pour the liquid into your nostril. This is done over the bathroom sink. Pour one half of the liquid in one nostril and it flows out the other. Then do the other side with the remaining half. According to Wikipedia, this flushes the nostrils out, removing allergens and mucus and allowing the tiny cilia, or hairs, to work more effectively at keeping allergens out of the body.

The important point to remember is to use distilled water or water that has boiled for five minutes to remove impurities. Otherwise you might introduce harmful bacteria into the nasal cavity. This could cause serious illness and infection.

This time of year, early September, is usually the worst the of the year for me because of hay fever. I remember watching a Labor Day parade in the 1980’s. I held a box of Kleenex in one hand and an empty bag in the other. The empty bag was for the used Kleenex. I was miserable! And no one wanted to be around me because of my sneezing and blowing. If you haven’t had bad allergies, you can’t possibly imagine how terrible they can be.

So that’s why I keep telling everyone about my neti pot. It is an ancient miracle. I wish I had tried it sooner. No more constant blowing and sneezing. No more depressing medication.