A Beginner’s Guide to Neti Pot for Nasal Irrigation



People used to keep them clean and disease free in ancient times too. Even when they have no such thing called medical facilities. They have their own natural methods to cure. Many of that effective technique is still utilized by modern humans. One of the techniques is ‘cleansing’ with the help of neti pot.

What is the Neti Pot?

Neti pot is look-alike Gianni’s lamp. It is found in a variety of materials such as plastic, glass, brass & copper, etc. Every material has its own specific benefits on using.

It has long been used in ancient ayurvedic and yogic medicine. Both of these roots have an Indian origin. Neti pot is mainly used to perform ‘Jala neti’, where ‘Jala’ means ‘water’ and ‘neti’ means ‘to guide’. It is a process used to cleanse nasal passage and sinuses with the help of neti pot. However, It wipes off dirt, excess mucus & microbes through the nostrils. It also helps in coordinated cilia movement. Cilia helps mucus in moving back & forth.

Things you need

Before we jump further, we should find out the necessity required. To perform Jala neti, the following you need –

  • Water

Water is one of the major parts of the Neti solution. There’s a chance of getting infected using it from the unhygienic source. Tap water is only applicable if boiled (minimum 5 to7 minutes) enough to be free from Pathogens. Therefore, bottled water or distilled or sterilized water must be taken into account for safe practice.

  • Salt

Why is salt needed in the solution? Have you ever thought about it? Well, there is a biological reason behind it. Our body fluids have almost the same concentration of salts such as tears. However, considering saline solution has an extra edge over the non-saline. It does not irritate the mucous lining in the nasal passage. So, it is of the paramount benefit of using non-iodized or pure sodium salt in your solution.

  • Neti pot

When you are done with the selection of sterilized water & non-iodized salt. Next comes the pot, which receives the former two as a solution. Neti pot is available in some limited variety (ceramic, plastic, steel and copper, etc) in which plastic is the most common. Copper is known because of its antibacterial activity, which has been also used by the ancient yogis.

 How to make a Neti pot solution?

It is as easy to make lemonade. All you need is to follow the information below :

  • What is the no of practitioners going to use that solution? because it affects the quality. The exact proportion is needed for an effective solution.
  • Take distilled or sterilized water. Tap water can be considered after 4 to 5 minutes of boiling.
  • Let the temperature normalize or lukewarm.
  • Put salt (non-iodized) in water and wait until it mixes thoroughly.
  • Pour the solution into the neti pot. Now, you are ready to go.

The Correct Way of Using the Neti Pot

A beginner always stuck at this point on how to use a neti pot correctly. Just performing and the correct way to perform hold a lot of difference. Due to the involvement of sensory organs. The effective and safe approach is emphasized. We can learn to use the best possible way by following some simple steps.


To use the neti pot, one should focus on every basic detail. Selecting a suitable pot for your practice is the primary concern. One can choose according to his comfort of holding, portability, fragility, etc. The plastic pot is easy to carry and easily available. Being fragile, ceramic pot is unsuitable if you travel a lot. Steel, if not good quality catches rust on improperly drying. Remain copper, which is believed to be the first choice of ancient yogis or sages.


Take a neti pot in your comfortable hands. Pour the saline solution that was made previously. Remember, do not fill the pot with solution up to the spout as it will fall on slight disbalance. Reach to your sink and bend a little so the solution falls into the sink. Slightly tilt your head at 45* while gazing straight to the sink. One of the nostrils remains higher than the other. Lift your hand and insert the spout into the higher nostrils. Adjust it over there.


After this, pour down the solution slowly by maintaining an inclination of the pot. The solution must flow slow and steady through the nostril. Breathing should be performed through the mouth. It should be slow and shallow and not disrupt the water flow. Concentration and focus is required to perform both tasks simultaneously. A little mistake could lead water to fall into the windpipe or to run into the sinuses. Now, repeat the process with the other nostril in the same way.


  • How to hold a neti pot?

Holding or grabbing the neti pot demonstrates the water flow through the nostril. A faster flow causes friction, which may result in the irritation of the mucous lining. So, by decreasing the inclination of the neti pot solution flows slower and could prevent irritation.

  • Uncontaminated water

Ignorance of hygiene sometimes costs a life. Women become infected by brain-eating bacteria by using improperly filtered water. So, now you know how important it is to sterilize the water before using it as a neti solution. Boiling it for 5 yo 7 minutes on medium flame increases its usability.

  • Clean nasal passage

A blocked nose is unsuitable for the Jala neti. Clear up your nostrils by practicing kapalbhati or Bhastrika pranayama before the practice. This will not create a barrier to the solution, which is to have flowed.  Otherwise, it worsens the condition and could cause even a serious problem in breathing.

  • Breathing during the practice

Usually, we breathe through our nostrils. But when performing Jala neti, one should not follow nose breathing. However, it could result in water to ascend the higher sinus cavities, which could be fatal. So, slow & gentle mouth breathing is advisable to avoid the mishappenings while poring the solution.

  • Avoid if

Condition of the respiratory system and nasal passage discourage this practice in their presence. Avoid it if suffering from cold, rhinitis & sinusitis, nose bleeding, etc. Also, avoid asthma, emphysema. other (hypertension). However, it only lays stress on the organ affected and could seriously worsen the condition.



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