Friday, September 26, 2008

Tea Party for Your Nose

What will they come up with next?

How many of you fine folk have heard of a ‘Neti Pot’? It is hands down, the strangest thing to ever grace the shelves of pharmacies throughout the nation. It is designed to clear out your nasal passage to make your allergies and sinus problems better.



September is my least favorite month of all the months. It is the month that I sneeze, cough, hack and sneeze some more. I am deathly allergic to ragweed and September is the worst time of year for it. Most times, I feel like hibernating until the first official freeze.

Until I discovered the Neti Pot.

I was completely freaked out by it when my friend told me to use it. She told me to get the squirt bottle version, because it’s easier. I thought to myself, “oh, I can handle that – I use nasal spray sometimes…”, and then I opened the box.

The thing was the size of a can of diet coke. There was a line in the middle of the bottle marking how much to squirt in each nostril. Half of the bottle up each nostril. I thought I was going to die. There was NO way I was squirting that much water up my nose. No way. No how.



Until I sneezed 392 times in a row and decided it was time to give it a whirl.

You fill it with warm water, and pour a packet of solution stuff they give you inside to let it dissolve. It is a salt water type solution. Then you lean over the sink, open your mouth, BREATHE in and out, and commence to squirting.

As you squirt up one nostril, water and snot will drain out of your other nostril. It is completely un-lady like and disgusting, so I refuse to let Husby watch me. Plus, he makes me more nervous.

He ended up watching from the other room. Sneaky.



I love how this Reese-Witherspoon-lookalike is smiling and having the time of her life while doing the neti pot. Trust me, you will not look like this. If you're anything like me, your eyes will be the size of silver dollars, with tears streaming down them. It makes my eyes water every time. And you will NOT smile. You will have a major look of panic and hysteria plastered to your face.

Do NOT hold your breath (which is easy to do without realizing it), because all the solution will build up, not drain out the other nostril and will go in your mouth. You will then proceed to gag and come very close to throwing up because the taste is so horrible. Not that I know from experience or anything. So remember to breathe (if you are brave enough to try this in the first place).

The pressure is a little intense at first, but once it starts draining out, you feel instant relief.

Oh, neti pot - you have saved my life.

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55 comments:

  1. My husband and I have one, after we saw it on Oprah. He loves it. I get the sensation like I am drowning when I use it.

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  2. I've been wanting my hubby to try one ever since I saw it on Oprah. It's a bit scary and gross, but if it works, hey why not?

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  3. Well, my friend, I'm glad you weren't too scared to give it a whirl. I just netied this morning and feel a thousand times better.

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  4. Oh My Word...I have seen those but I haven't seen them in use..lol. It looks quite interesting..lol.. Nonetheless, I am glad you have found something that gives you some relief..

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  5. I've used it, but if you have sensitive ears (which apparently I do), it is very painful!! My allergist suggested it to me, but said if I feel pain or pressure in my ears, I can't use it anymore because it can be damaging! So I can no longer enjoy the wonderful benefits of the neti pot, and have to suffer through the constant abuse of my sinuses.

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  6. UM.

    I am totally freaked out by this, I'm even more freaked out by that girl in the pictuere!!

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  7. I have heard other people say how great neti pots are, but I have never tried them for myself.

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  8. my mom uses it all the time....I'm too scare to try it!

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  9. I have heard of this little invention. I'm not sure if I would be brave enough to try it, although if I had sneezed 392 times I might have considered!
    Can't wait for the giveaway!!

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  10. My Grammy told me about the Neti pot last time I was sick. The concept of the Neti Pot scares the crud out of me. I would have to be near death to try it I think.

    I'm also a bit of a baby....

    Way to be brave though girl. You're so strong. (o;

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  11. I've heard of it, but never done it...I prefer good ole allergy pills that knock me out.

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  12. I have never seen the Neti-Pot! I don't really have a problem with allergies, otherwise I'm sure I'd be first in line to buy it!

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  13. poor thing :( i feel so sorry for you. there's no way i would squirt anything up my nose.

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  14. I also have a neti-pot and it has got to be the greatest invention ever! I have horrible allergies and it is a life saver. I use the tea pot version.

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  15. I've heard a lot about these latley. Another gal that blogs was talking about that a couple weeks ago!

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  16. I have never seen this exact device but my aunt does something similar. She say it on Dr. OZ (Oprah) - you get like a cup of water and pour the water up one nostril and then it comes out the other. She said the same thing you said about the pressure. I have not tried it yet b/c I am such a baby!!!

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  17. LOL, I totally saw this on Oprah I think. I would have had to do it in a room by myself too at first, bc I would be cracking up, and snarfling, with water going everywhere with Hubby watching me.

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  18. i love the neti-pot! Drew isn't allowed to come into the bathroom when I do it because I feel stupid... mostly because I always choke and don't look TOO attractive with water flowing out of my throat and nose. HA.
    Anyways, glad you found it girl it's amazing!

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  19. Only people with sinus issues will try that one-and that is me! I get so congested, I can't stand it! May be gross, but I think I need to fit in a trip to Target to pick one up stat!

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  20. I love my neti pot, I should get it out and make use of it since fall is right around the corner. BTW thanks for visiting my blog! Hope your indian tacos turn out!!

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  21. I still don't know if I could use it. Luckily I don't have nasal problems. & If you WERE to give on away on Monday I most certainly would NOT comment!! haha.. but I am looking forward to the giveaway!! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  22. I was thinking I would totally try that until I read everyone's comments. I have sensitive ears and am prone to ear infections, so after reading what mollyandmarshal had to say, I think I'll pass.

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  23. Before neti pot I read where you stick your whole face in a bowl of saltwater and then breathe in through your nose a few times. I was desperate and tried it and it was a terrifying experience, like drowning in the comfort of your own bathroom....arghhhhhh.

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  24. Nice visual with the photo. : ) Actually I HAVE tried the thing. I wonder if the sqeeze bottle works better that the netti-pot???
    So glad you found relief.
    M.L.

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  25. Oh my gosh - I have some serious allergies right now, but there is no way they're bad enough to subject my sinuses and hair-trigger-gag-reflex to that. You're one brave lady... :)

    Glad you're feeling better - have a relaxing sneeze-free weekend!

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  26. Please grace us with a you tube of you doing this...I need a good cackle. I have never seen this before!

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  27. You are a way braver woman than me. No way Jose. :)

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  28. That sounds oh-so-gross, but I'm glad it works for you.

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  29. We have one of these and they are so funny! I love doing it and I have several pictures of me that my brother took! He thought it was hilarious! :)

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  30. I got one too--I just tried it for the first time last week & have not been back! It hurt like when you get water up your nose at the pool. It hurt like crazy. Help me! What'd I do wrong?

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  31. The Reese Witherspoon-alike photo just takes the cake! I'd seen crazy old traditional ceramic ones, but never a nice contemporary one? Think I now have one of my fiance's Christmas presents this year, thank you! :) haha

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  32. Oh wow. I've seen these things, but I've not yet built up the courage to buy one. Yikes! It sounds kind of awful.

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  33. Just noticed that you're the wife of a med student, too! At last... someone who understands. :)

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  34. I love the Neti Pot. Its weird, but it works after you use it long enough. Dude laughs at me when I do mine. He ,luckily, has no sinus issues at all!

    I've missed your blog - so I'm off to catch up.

    We closed on our house!

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  35. I've seen them before...I would just be scared to use it! Maybe I should try it though because I have a hard time with the ragweed too. Yucky allergies!

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  36. you need to go visit "2nd cup of coffee"...she has a very funny blog about their adventure with the same thing...too funny.
    hope you're feeling better.
    come visit, any time!

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  37. Wow! That makes me want to run to the pharmacy and pick me up a Neti Pot right now! Well, not for me, but for my husband. He too sneezes 394 times in a row...well at least six, but it's damaging to both of us, it hurts my ears!

    So for the sake of my husband's nose and my ears, I think we'll give it a go! Ha! He just doesn't know it yet...wish me luck!

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  38. I gave you an award! Check out my page so you can pick it up.

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  39. ew ew ew! whenever these little infomercials come on I gag a little... I can't handle the thought of up-the-nose type things. I'm glad its worked for you tho.

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  40. it this for real?! I usually suffer greatly from allergies, but so far not this year. Thanks for the tip and will keep in mind...just in case.

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  41. LOL! I love your encounter with Neti. Just to let you know...I've had a Neti Pot for around three months now...and I have NEVER used it yet. Yep, I'm terrified!

    Deborah in NC

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  42. I saw this for the first time on another blog last fall and had to ask what is was.

    GROSSS... but if it works, I suppose.

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  43. LoL! I've actually been advised to try this during allergy season!

    So sorry to hear you have the sniffles!

    :) Have a great weekend!

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  44. I'm back! And, yes, that is hands down the weirdest and most disgusting thing that I've ever laid eyes on. But, if it works, use it! I've been coughing my head off, too!

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  45. Yuck! I had no idea such things existed...I think I'll go back to my happy place now where everything is pretty:-)

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  46. I feel a sinus infection coming on so I am going to get the spray bottle. I knew about the netipot but I was pretty intimidated by it. The spray seems less intimidating to me.

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  47. I didn't even know such a thing existed. My hubby would be busting a gut laughing if he saw me using that. :-)) But now that I know, I think I will have to invest in one. Thank you!!!

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  48. Hello:) First visiting and your blog is so lovely!!

    Regarding the post, OMG, I've never heard of it. Seriously, it's the most bizzare looking object. LOL. But I guess it works wonder for many people, that's great!!!

    I will definitely be back:)

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  49. glad you finally found something that worked for you!! Ooooh, allergies:/

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  50. OMGosh that is the weirdest thing I have ever seen!

    Well, today anyway.


    Thanks for visiting my blog... come back anytime :)

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  51. HAHAHAHA. I can't believe you found a picture of someone doing the Neti Pot. My husband does it and it freaks/grosses me out. :) You are hilarious!

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  52. my hubby uses the nettipot...i tried it once, but my nostrils were too small for the spout so it didn't work too well. do they have a baby nettipot???

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  53. Hi Whitney :)

    I decided to write here instead of the giveaway post, because I want someone else to have a chance to win it. I keep winning and I feel a riot coming on LOL

    I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for your friend. God Bless her and her family.

    rue

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  54. OMGosh, the neti pot is the greatest thing ever! I'm working on a post about it - although it won't be half as good as yours.

    Please come join me for Fun Monday - I'm hosting this coming one!!

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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