Two months ago, I would have told you that I didn't have any sinus problems, but every time I go scuba diving I get an ear infection.
My clients kept telling me about neti pots, so I decided to give it a try.
To be honest, I purchased it, and it sat on my kitchen table for many weeks, before my partner got the courage to try it before me.
We looked up the instructions online, and started with distilled water and Himalayan Sea salt.
Neti pots help rinse the sinus cavity of debris including bacteria, dust, mold and other allergens. They can also help to loosen thick mucus and hydrate dry sinus cavities.
The first try was surprising, as I learned I had a blockage on my left side. After 3 days of daily neti pot treatments, the blockage cleared. I continued treatments several times a week in preparation for a scuba diving trip, because every time I dive, I have to treat for an ear infection.
As I suspected, I didn't have any ear problems during my scuba trip for the first time ever.
It makes sense… the water was able to drain from my sinuses correctly after diving, as opposed to before, when I had a small blockage that would cause water to stagnate, and the bacteria would cause an infection.
The neti pot is now a regular part of my self care routine! Today, I use a mixture of 3 parts Himalayan Sea salt to 1 part baking soda, into 8 oz distilled water.
The process itself is not something I love, but it is truly not that bad, and the benefits are so amazing and worth it!