Easy Instructions for Using a Neti Pot
Step 1: Make a Saline Solution
Use bottled purified or distilled water warmed to body temperature or very slightly warmer for the nasal wash. Avoid very hot or very cold water. If you are using an Aromatic Salt neti pot, it is safe to use a microwave to warm the water right in your neti pot. The Aromatic Salt neti pot is large enough to hold 8 ounces of water comfortably. It will not be filled it all the way to the brim.
Use a rounded 1/2 teaspoon of Aromatic Salt Original or Unscented Neti Pot Salt to 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled water. The cap of the Aromatic Salt bottle can be used to measure the salt. Fill the cap until the salt just covers the threads, just over half a cap. The instructions for the amount of salt are guidelines. Adjust to find the amount that is perfect for you. If you experience a "swimming pool" feeling, try using more neti pot salt. If you experience stinging, use less salt. When you find the perfect amount of salt, the saline solution should flow through the nasal passages quite comfortably. Because Aromatic Salt neti pot salt dissolves in water much more quickly than table salt, a quick stir before beginning the nasal wash should be sufficient to dissolve it completely.
Step 2: Rinse
With your neti pot filled with Aromatic Salt saline solution and standing over a basin or sink, tilt your head gently so that one nostril moves downward toward the basin and the other nostril moves up toward the ceiling. Insert the spout of the neti pot into the upper nostril and gently pour the saline solution into the upper nostril and let it flow out through the lower nostril, as in the illustration above. When the neti pot is empty, blow out through both nostrils into the sink or into a tissue. Be sure not to close either nostril as you blow out. Repeat on the other side. When you have rinsed both sides, and after you've gently blown your nose, bend all the way forward and turn your head from side to side to release any of the saline solution that may remain in the nasal passages.
Step 3: Care of your Neti Pot
Wash your Aromatic Salt neti pot by hand or in the dishwasher.