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The Sunday Backtrack: The Neti Pot

Back in April I started using the Neti Pot Consistently.  It seemed such a vile little tool.  It never got any more pleasant, and why would it?  No matter what, using a Neti Pot means jamming a pot up your nose, tilting your head, and watching floods of goop ooze out of your head.

Looking good baby!

This could be you!

I started with the NP because my toddler was sick.  Between him, my wife, and me, we just passed illnesses around and around.  It was disastrous for my strength training and a catastrophe for sleep and morale at home.  We spent the first three months of the year feeling horrible.

I find it no less vile today, but I am a believer in my nose pot.  I’ve always been subceptible to to colds, dry sinuses, scratchy throats, et cetera. My routine now is to start in with the Neti pot at the first sign of trouble.  Three or four times a day and more often than not, I’m fine.

It works!  I almost wish I didn’t, because it’s still not fun to use, but it works.

If you’re one of those lucky people who never gets sick, feel free to ignore all of this and keep your nose innocent.


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  • Megan Horton July 5, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I was so scared to try the neti pot, but it’s not scary. It works, and it doesn’t hurt. Mom still won’t try it.

  • We Fly Spitfires July 5, 2009, 2:47 pm

    I’m sold. Although I suspect one doesn’t actually need a specially branded comercial pot to do this. Would it work with a run-of-the-mill teapot?

    • Josh Hanagarne July 5, 2009, 3:12 pm

      Oh man, I don’t know. If you’re up to it, go for it. I’d love to hear how it goes. I’ve never been a tea drinker so I’m not sure about the size of spouts. And there’s no accounting for the size of various gaping nostrils. Good luck. Proceed at your peril:)

  • Craig July 5, 2009, 4:28 pm

    Word. I love the pot as it eradicates my allergies…but the occasionally too warm or cold pot is harsh….

  • Ainslie July 5, 2009, 5:15 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I am not a fan of the neti pot but I love ear candles. Have you tried one? It certainly gets all the gunk out of your ears, and way more pleasant than an ear syringe.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 5, 2009, 5:49 pm

      I haven’t. I think I know what you’re talking about. How do you do it?

  • Rob July 6, 2009, 5:33 am


    I have been a ‘Neti pot’ user in the past, with some good results. I must get it out and start using it again. Takes a while to get used to and can affect the sinuses if you don’t get it right!
    Anyone for admitting they use self enema kits?
    Not sure if I should put my hand up if people think neti pots are disgusting.

  • Winn Thompson July 6, 2009, 1:50 pm

    Thanks for your post on neti pots and using our photo in your blog. Yes, neti pots work for pollen allergies and sinusitis- see our website for medical studies and videos http://www.rhinohorn.net