Cleansing your nasal passages can result in multiple benefits. It helps remove excess mucus from the nasal passages for those with sinus problems and colds with congestion. If you’ve ever had the congested “brain fog” headache feeling during a cold, your sinuses are likely building up mucus that gets trapped and causes pressure. The frontal sinuses (forehead) and maxillary sinuses (right next to the nose) tend to be most problematic (see picture for reference). Regular nasal cleansing allows the excess mucus to escape the sinuses and relieves the congestion and pressure.
Also, nasal passage cleansing helps clear out dust, pollen and environmental irritants that tend to cause allergies and chronic post-nasal drip. Finally, now that the colder weather is setting in and we are exposed to dry indoor weather, soothing dry nasal passages can provide simple and easy relief.
It is best to use ¼ tsp non-iodized salt per 8oz of lukewarm water (distilled, sterile or previously boiled and cooled water over tap water is advised with Neti Pot use). Start with one nostril and repeat on the second for best results. Here is a short video demonstration for more instructions. I will admit that the stretches do look pretty silly in the video, but they really do help! I would give them a try.