Decongestants. Antihistamines. Humidifiers. Chances are, if you’ve ever suffered through a stuffy nose, you’ve tried just about every medicine or tool in the hopes of clearing those nasal passages and breathing easy again. Everything except, perhaps, a neti pot.
The neti pot (also known as a nasal saline irrigation system) is a decongestant technique that dates back centuries, with roots in Ayurvedic medicine. And while it’s become a pretty popular method in recent years for removing mucus, it can also be a bit intimidating. You want me to put that spout WHERE now?
But if you can get past the weird sensation of water squirting up your nose, using a neti pot can be beneficial for both short-term conditions (think: colds, flus, and sinus infections) or more long-term nasal conditions, says Aaron Pearlman, MD, an otolaryngologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian.
“If you have an acute nasal issue,