Nasal Irrigation Instructions
Note: Nasal irrigation cups (neti pots) are available from www .nutraceutic.com or from many local pharmacies.
- Mix the solution. Measure 1 heaping teaspoon of salt (kosher, canning, or pickling salt) and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into a pint container. Add 1 pint of lukewarm tap water and stir. Fill nasal irrigation cup with about 3/4 cup of the solution.
- Position the head. Lean over the sink (about 45 degrees) so that you are looking directly into the basin. Rotate head (about 45 degrees to the left) so that one nostril is directly over the other. Gently insert the spout of the nasal cup into the upper nostril so that it forms a comfortable seal. (Do not press the spout against the nasal septum.)
- Irrigate the nose. Breathe through the mouth and raise the cup's handle so that solution enters the nostril. In a few moments, solution will begin to drain from the lower nostril. When the cup is empty, exhale gently through both nostrils to clear excess solution and mucus. Gently blow nose into tissue.
- Repeat. Refill the nasal cup. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other nostril. Wash nasal cup daily.