27/02/2015 8:15 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

How To Clear A Stuffy Nose With Jala Neti


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When seasons change, some parts of the body protest immediately, especially the nasal passage and throat. Many of us are laid low by a stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion among other symptoms. But it may not always be necessary to fill out a prescription although some severe allergies require the attention of a healthcare professional. But for milder symptoms, Jala Neti - a technique that cleans the nasal and sinus passages - may provide all the relief you need.

Practicing the Jala Neti technique helps remove excess mucous and bacteria and relieves nasal and sinus blockages. It refreshes the brain, face, eyes and improves mental clarity. It helps to get relief from allergies, asthma, sinusitis and headaches.

How to do Jala Neti

Fill a Neti pot with lukewarm salted water. The amount of salt should be similar to the salt levels in your body (like your tears, for example).

Lean over a sink, tilt your head sideways and insert the spout of the pot into one nostril. Breathe through your mouth.

The water flows through one nostril and comes out through the other. In the process of the water flowing from one nostril to the other, it cleanses the nasal and sinus passages. Blow your nose to remove mucus and repeat through the other nostril.

Open your mouth and breathe gently through the mouth while the water is passing through. Try not to sniff, swallow or have any movement of air through the nose while the water is flowing through.

Make sure you use clean drinking water to avoid infection. Also, note that excess salt and heat can cause a burning sensation, so take care to add just the right amount of salt and the right warmth for the water.

How to buy a Neti pot

When buying a Neti pot ensure that it is able to hold 500ml of water. This amount is necessary to flush your sinuses sufficiently. The end of the Neti pot's spout should be tapered and small enough so that it plugs into the nostril easily. You can buy a Jala Neti Pot from Amazon India or try your local health store.

To combat allergies, we also need to make sure we exercise right and have a balanced diet. The more oxygen we get into our system through cardio activity, the more toxins we get rid off and the more rejuvenated our cells will become. You can also try these immunity-boosting recipes to build your immune system and your resistance to seasonal changes.