The Neti Pot Alternative
I don’t know about you, but it’s the promise of discovery that makes me get up in the morning. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering as finding out that UFOs really do exist or mind-numbing as Kim Kardashian’s latest foray into tabloid shame. Ues, truthfully, they don’t have to be. I’m not a difficult person to please. Something like a sale of 12-pack toilet paper at Target will do just fine, especially when i’m running out.
The neti pot is the latest entry in my ‘discovered’ list before i die. Although it has been used by yogis for thousands of years, I came upon it only last month. The neti pot isn’t something you smoke in college. It’s a real pot, shaped like Aladdin’s genie lamp, with a tapered conical tip at the spout end. Practitioners refer to it, matter-of-factly, as a nasal irrigation system. The way it works is you fill it up with warm saltwater, insert the spout into one nostril, and position your head and pot to let the water flow out of the other nostril. You can watch the above video for an actual demonstration, but I take no responsibility for ruining your dinner.
After using it for two weeks, I’m joining the ranks of satisfied users. I can vouch for its therapeutic effect in alleviating my cold symptoms. I’m generally averse to taking medication of any kind unless it’s a matter of life and death. I’m cognizant of the fact that any drug can have negative effects on your body. It may treat the cold, but beware it may also cause a liver problem. I find the neti pot heaven-sent.
The neti pot has been recommended for chronic sinusitis and respiratory ailments. It keeps your nasal passages clean of snots, dust, pollens, and other irritants that prevent you from smelling the presence of the opposite sex. It also rids them of the bacteria and viruses that remain in the nooks and crannies even after your cold symptoms have gone away. Left to themselves, they’re like Al-Queda sleeping cells waiting for the right opportunity to wreak havoc in your system. They’re the reason why some people have sinus problems all the time.
I’m surprised that the neti pot has gone mainstream. I bought mine from Walgreens. I confess that using it for the first time didn’t help maintain the super cool image that I’m trying to project even in the privacy of the bathroom. It made me look so funny before the mirror that it wasn’t funny anymore. It didn’t take me long to get accustomed to it, though, especially when I started feeling the benefits. You know what? I don’t have to beg the snotty doctor for antibiotics for my sore throat anymore. It has healed naturally. I can breathe easily now, too. No more congestion. Lastly, what a relief! I don’t have to blow my nose as often as i used to.