Neti Pot Recipe
We love the neti pot around here. These are a great way to clean out your sinuses. Even if you are not sick you can use a neti pot for preventative maintenance. It’ll clean out pollen, viruses and bacteria that could lead to full blown infections. One day, a few years ago, when looking up sinus infection in my Essential Oils Desk Reference, I found a recipe for nasal irrigation. I immediately put it together and have never stopped using it.
If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, allergies, etc. get the following oils along with your neti pot and put it to use.
Rosemary and tea tree oils can be used in a saline solution for very effective nasal irrigation that clears and decongests sinuses. As recommended by Daniel Penoel, MD, the saline solution is prepared as follows:
- 10 drops rosemary
- 6 drops tea tree (Melaleuca Alterniflolia)
- 8 tablespoons very fine salt (salt flower)
The essential oils are mixed thoroughly in the fine salt and kept in a sealed container. For each nasal irrigation session, 1 teaspoon of this salt mixture is dissolved into 1 & 1/2 cups distilled water. This oils/salt/water solution is then placed in the tank of an oral irrigator to irrigate the nasal cavities, which is done while bending over a sink, This application has brought surprisingly positive results in treating latent sinusitis and other nasal congestion problems.
I have the Himalayan Institute Ceramic Neti Pot. I measured how much water it holds and determined how much salt to put in each time. I simply keep a small spoon in my salt mixture container and spoon in a spoonful before I fill it up with warm water. It’s simple! With allergy season in full force I highly recommend adding this to your daily regimen.