It is very difficult to have a good breathing pattern if you are breathing in and/or out through your mouth.
If you do have to use your mouth to breathe, because your nose is often ‘stuffy’ or you get hayfever or have allergies that give you asthma, then you may well find a sinus rinse is an easy option that gives remarkable results.
I haven’t ever used a yogi pot, so this information is biased toward the sinus rinse bottles available at pharmacies at the moment. You could also use a small spray bottle or do the old snuffle method where you wash your hands and pour some of the saline solution into the palm of your hand and sniff it up.
The Sinus Rinse can clear allergens or dust from your nasal lining, loosen and release mucous from your nose, and clear the openings to the sinus so they will drain more easily and relieve the pressure and pain of sinusitis. They can ease headaches, and some people find their sense of smell and taste is improved, and their normal nasal medications become more effective.
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Once you have purchased your Sinus Rinse bottle, you do have to unwrap it and take it out of the box; it will be way easier and more pleasant to use than you may have told yourself.
I recommend the sachets you buy at the pharmacy that are made for the sinus rinse bottles, but you can easily make a solution at home with this recipe:-
To make a solution directly into your sinus rinse bottle,
- Fill the bottle with warm water
- Add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of rock salt (I recommend this as table salt has some additives.)
- Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
- Place your thumb over the hole at the top and shake to make sure it is dissolved.
Once you have the solution in your nose, do make sure you blow your nose very gently through both nostrils at first to clear the liquid without forcing any up into your inner ears.
If you experience burning or stinging, you may want to dilute the solution a little more, but NEVER use water by itself or you will feel an intense burning sensation.
You will find a position bending over a basin that is comfortable for you where the solution will not run down your throat.
If you are using the sinus rinse bottle, have a practice squeeze first holding the bottle vertically over the basin, as the solution does not have to reach the ceiling, but only come out about the length of your nose above the nozzle.
MOST IMPORTANT – if you do it too hard or force it through you may find later in the day when you bend over that a flow of liquid you can’t control comes out your nose. But as you get used to it, you find you do get the hang of the pressure needed, and this doesn’t happen.
If it doesn’t flow out the opposite nostril straightaway, you may not have the nozzle firmly enough in your nose, or your nostrils may have a lot of mucous in situ. Never force it, but a few squeezes and gentle blows may clear the area and suddenly you will be thrilled at the drip and then the flow that emerges!
Do not use the rinse if your nose is very blocked, it is best to do it early on to prevent severe congestion from occurring.
Stop using it if you have any problems, like nosebleeds, or pain.