WHY YOU SHOULD BE PRACTICING JAL NETI
Jal neti is an ancient ayurvedic practice, derived from the Sanskrit word “jal” which means “water” and “neti” which means “to guide”. This practice basically involves guiding water through the nostrils, to reach the airways and nasal cavities and cleanse them. This is also known as nasal irrigation and is performed using a neti pot. This practice is rapidly gaining popularity in the west due to its simplicity and proven medical benefits. It helps remove microbes and mucous from the nasal cavities, helping prevent colds, throat infections, sinuses and, also improves respiration.
HOW TO PRACTICE JAL NETI
Jal neti is done using a specially designed pot known as the neti pot. It is available in different materials and consists of a small bulbous kettle like portion with a spout attached to one side.
How to do Jal neti
- Cleanse the neti pot thoroughly with warm water before usage.
- Mix one teaspoon of non-iodized salt for half-litre of water for the irrigation solution. This mixture is isotonic, like human blood.
- Jal neti is typically performed in kagasana (crow pose). However, it produces the same results even when done over a sink, standing. Choose a comfortable position before you begin.
- If you are suffering from a stuffy nose, identify which nostril seems clearer and start with that side.
- Gently place the spout of the neti pot inside this nostril in such a way that the tip of the spout is not blocked from pouring.
- Tilt your head to a 45-degree angle and slowly pour the saline solution inside the nostril, ensuring all breathing is done through your mouth. Do not inhale through the nose.
- Relax, and allow the water to naturally come out of the other nostril. Ensure the neti pot is fully sealed by the nostril to prevent any leakage. This allows all mucus and bacteria to be flushed out.
- Once half the solution has been used, slowly remove the neti pot. Hold the head in the same bent posture and allow the rest of the water to come out. Gently blow your nose to flush out any remaining solution. If it drips down your throat, spit it out.
- Repeat the steps with the leftover solution through the other nostril.
- Dry your nostrils by bending forward and allowing gravity to draw out any remaining traces of the saline solution. You can also try sniffing rapidly to bring up any excess water.
- Rinse the neti pot with mild soap and warm water and allow it to air dry. Do not share your neti pot.
BENEFITS OF JAL NETI
- Removes dirt, bacteria and unclean mucus from the nose.
- Helps drainage of the sinus cavities, preventing infections.
- Reduces chances of sinusitis, sore throats, coughs, inflammation of the tonsils and the common cold.
- Helps improve respiration for those suffering from asthma and bronchitis.
- Helps prevent headaches, migraines, and has a cooling and calming effect on the nervous system and the mind.
- Promotes better vision by flushing the tear ducts.
- Can help reduce the possibility of tinnitus by clearing the ear canals.
- Improves sensitivity to smell.
Add Jal neti to your Dinacharya to experience the numerous health benefits of the same. Consult an ayurvedic doctor to formulate the perfect ayurvedic routine to live your life in a healthy manner and keep your body at its best.