HOW TO USE THE NETI POT
Fill the Neti Pot with pre-boiled, lukewarm water and natural sea salt or rock salt, it should be fine-grained and iodine-free. An ideal saline solution is 0.9%, that is, 9 grams of salt to 1 litre of water.
The best saline solution for you may vary, but half a teaspoon in 250ml is a good starting point. After using the Neti Pot a few times, you will find the mixture that is right for you. The solution should not burn in the nose. If it does, then reduce the quantity of salt. Water and salt should be well mixed, so that the salt concentration is distributed evenly in the solution.
Tilt your head forward and slightly to the side, over the sink, so that the nostril which feels more open, is on top. Open your mouth, place the spout of the pot slightly in the upper nostril and raise the pot until water runs out of the Iower nostril. Breathe through the open mouth, relaxed and easily. The mouth should remain open to avoid having the salt-water solution run down your throat. If some of the solution does run into the throat, it may be a little uncomfortable, but harmless.
When the pot is empty, blow gently and equally through both nostrils. With a tissue you can simply wipe your nose and blow again.
Repeat the procedure with the other nostril.
With very blocked nostrils, the water may have difficulty flowing. In this case, you can either change sides more often or use a decongesting nasal spray before the Neti Pot treatment.
The nasal irrigation should be done once a day.
Important: the Neti Pot should be thoroughly cleaned and dried after each use to avoid a build up of germs and bacteria.