A sinus wash with a Neti pot is recommended as part of your personal hygiene regimen. Daily is great (like brushing your teeth), but even a couple of times a week will make a difference in the health of your sinus cavity.
Routinely flushing your nasal passages relieves nasal dryness and allergy symptoms as well as discomforts from a cold, like excess mucus and congestion.
Here is a fantastic YouTube video with Dr. Oz and Oprah Winfrey in which they explain the benefits of using the neti pot, and this step-by-step video is a great tutorial on how to use the Neti pot. The instructions begin at 0:53 minutes if you want to skip past the intro.
Adding Hydrosols to the Neti Pot
In addition to using a saline solution, I like to add organic hydrosols to my sinus wash. Use only hydrosols from suppliers you trust. They can grow mold if not stored property. And for Heaven’s sake, DO NOT use essential oils in the neti pot. They are far too concentrated to use directly on delicate mucus membranes. You only have to try it once to understand how true this is! Your nasal passages will burn like fire and your eyes will water. Listen to your body.
A hydrosol is the aromatic water that results from steam distilling plant material. The best hydrosols, and the only ones I use, are not “by-products of distillation” but are produced from a distillation where the objective is the production of gorgeous aromatic water: hydrosol. In that type of distillation, the essential oil becomes the by-product. You can read an earlier, detailed post about hydrosols called What is a Hydrosol?.
Each hydrosol has it’s own unique set of therapeutic benefits as well as being extremely gentle and nourishing for the body. Adding them to your sinus wash will enhance the experience.
How Much Hydrosol in the Neti Pot?
I recommend 1 part hydrosol to 2 parts tepid distilled water
Which Hydrosols to Use in a Neti Pot?
We are fortunate to have so many wonderful organic aromatic waters to choose from in today’s market. My favorites to use for a sinus wash are
- Lavender: A classic. Calming, soothing, nourishing.
- German Chamomile: Helps with infection and inflammation.
- Myrrh and/or Frankincense: Calming, anti-inflammatory, wound healing
- Cornflower: Combine with Lavender for nourishing and cleansing wounds.
- Sweetgrass: Gentle, nourishing, balancing
- Yarrow: Antibacterial, antiseptic, helps stop bleeding
- Rose: Cooling, nourishing, relaxing, uplifting
I purchase organic hydrosols from PompeiiOrganics.com. I know where the owner, Jessica Grill, purchases them, as well as the date of distillation. I also am familiar with her hydrosol storage practices and know that her standards are incredibly high.