can be performed over a sink, a bowl on a table, in the shower
or outside. First fill the Neti Pot with warm water of a temperature
suitable for pouring in the nose - neither too hot nor cold.
Just like testing a baby’s bottle, pour a bit on your arm or
taste and spit to check the temperature. Pure water is best
if available but this is not obligatory.
Mix in salt to
the proportion of one - level teaspoon for half a liter
of water. This equates to 0.9% – the same as human blood
– and is called an isotonic solution. Mix the salt thoroughly.
Taste the water and spit - adjust if not correct. After several
attempts you will be able to recognize the correct mixture by
taste. Be sure to fully mix and dissolve the salt.
Place the nose
cone of the neti pot into the right nostril, sealing it to the
nostril with a few twists and slight pressure. Try to point
the spout straight up in line with the nasal passage so as not
to block the tip of the nozzle by the inside of the nose. Open
your mouth and breathe gently through the mouth. Do not sniff,
swallow, laugh, talk or have any movement of air through the
nose while the water is flowing through.
Now slowly bend
forward from the waist so that the tip of the nose is the lowest
point of the head; and then tilt/roll the head, so that the
left nostril is now the lowest point of the nose. Tilt slowly
so that water doesn’t run out the top of the pot onto your face!
Keep the nose cone fully sealed into the right nostril so that
water doesn’t leak out. Continue breathing through the mouth
while the water flows. After a few seconds and the water should
run out the left nostril. Keep breathing slowly and gently through
the mouth. After the water begins to flow, wait about 20 - 30
seconds for about half a pot to flow right to left, and then
remove the pot and stand up.
sides, blow out gently through both nostrils to clear
water and mucus from the nose. It is important that you
do not blow hard at this point or you will send water up
into the ear tubes and sinuses. All that is needed is a couple
of slow, soft blows out into the sink to remove the water in
the nose. Do not pinch the nostrils to create extra force, or
blow hard and vigorously.
Repeat steps 3
& 4 as above, but with the nose cone entering from the left
nostril and the flow of water going left to right. After the
pot runs dry, stand up, blow out gently through both nostrils
and then prepare to dry out the nose. Read:
Drying the nose
If, after doing
the above steps, there is still a mucus blockage, the whole
process may be repeated several times until it clears. If you
regularly need to do several pots to effectively clear nasal
mucus, it is easiest to mix several liters of solution in a
Always do half
a pot right to left, then half a pot left to right. Repeating
this sequence is better than doing one whole pot in each direction,
and taking a break to refill in between sides. It also gives
the mucus a better chance to dissolve and exit more quickly.