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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2005 12:03:33 PM »

so could u really make ur own? it kinda looks as if u could use a small enough bit of tubing as well.
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2005 01:40:53 PM »

whoa, can't believe there are so many responses!!
 for the person who asked about price, mine was about 16-18 bucks. this takes some getting used to, but its really awesome once you get the hang of it. it shouldnt sting if you do it right. and for the RA, doing it in the shower is perfect, because youre kinda all warmed up already. just put the salt in before you get into the shower.

i use 1/4 tsp table salt per potful of water,becuase i was told not to use sea salt...is that right??
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2006 10:11:01 AM »

i have one i have bad sinus! my best freind made me 1 and glazed it pink
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2006 10:56:36 AM »

I've never heard of this, but it sounds like a really good idea! I have HORRIBLE sinuses and all-year allergies, and my mom won't let me go and get those shots for allergies, so I may just have to try this...
Can anyone give me like a price estimate??? <i'm kind of broke...>

I learned to do this from my hatha yoga teachers.  They stressed two things that differ from the neti pot method: 1) that you do not need to spend money on a pot and 2) that if you have an infection in one sinus, and rinse side-to-side, you are likely to infect the other one, and more likely to get moisture in your Eustachian tubes. (Like eye drops, where you take care not to touch the dropper to your eye, so as not to spread things.)

Here's the various ways we were taught to do it:

Nasal irrigate at least two hours before bedtime; this give residual water a chance to evaporate out of your sinus cavities -- too much moisture in there can cause as many problems as too little.

Place about a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in a large glass of warm water to dissolve.  The closer the water is to body temperature, the more comfortable the process.

Method 1: Pour some of the water into your cupped hand, and if you are not congested or showing signs of infection, do the tilt method like everyone else has depicted (better than I can  Wink ) -- just instead of the pot you pour the saline solution along your troughed fingers and into your nostril.

Method 2: If you need to do your sinus' separately, press your finger to one nostril, plunge the other into your cupped hand, and gently snort some water up; then tilt your head forward and down to let it run back out; follow with a few gentle puffs out, to clear the residual moisture.  Repeat on other side.
     Alternatively, you can snort the saline up the nostril less gently, and spit it out your mouth.  This is apparently the most common (and swiftest) method where they studied in India, but can be really difficult for westerners to wrap their mind/bodies around.

Method 3: Sort of the reverse of the above.  Make sure your mouth is clean -- brushed, flossed, and (as someone's craftster's avatar reminds us) don't forget to brush your tongue.
      Take a mouthful of the warm water into your mouth, press one nostril closed with a finger, and snort the water out your sinus.

Obscure Method:  You probably will never hear of this one anyplace else.  My teachers taught me it because I need the rinsing so much (I'm allergic to just about any particle that can get into a nose), but have an insanely touchy gag reflex.
      Make sure your mouth is clean (see above). Take a large mouthful of the water.  Bend at the waist and hang your head below your knees! Once you get the hang of it (no pun intended), gravity will pull the water into your sinus', and when you stand up (slowly, please) it will drain out. Then do the wee clearing puffs as always.

 Smiley Hope this is some use to someone sometime  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2006 12:19:05 PM »

I've never heard of this, but it sounds like a really good idea! I have HORRIBLE sinuses and all-year allergies, and my mom won't let me go and get those shots for allergies, so I may just have to try this...
Can anyone give me like a price estimate??? <i'm kind of broke...>

I learned to do this from my hatha yoga teachers.  They stressed two things that differ from the neti pot method: 1) that you do not need to spend money on a pot and 2) that if you have an infection in one sinus, and rinse side-to-side, you are likely to infect the other one, and more likely to get moisture in your Eustachian tubes. (Like eye drops, where you take care not to touch the dropper to your eye, so as not to spread things.)

Here's the various ways we were taught to do it:

Nasal irrigate at least two hours before bedtime; this give residual water a chance to evaporate out of your sinus cavities -- too much moisture in there can cause as many problems as too little.

Place about a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in a large glass of warm water to dissolve.  The closer the water is to body temperature, the more comfortable the process.

Method 1: Pour some of the water into your cupped hand, and if you are not congested or showing signs of infection, do the tilt method like everyone else has depicted (better than I can  Wink ) -- just instead of the pot you pour the saline solution along your troughed fingers and into your nostril.

Method 2: If you need to do your sinus' separately, press your finger to one nostril, plunge the other into your cupped hand, and gently snort some water up; then tilt your head forward and down to let it run back out; follow with a few gentle puffs out, to clear the residual moisture.  Repeat on other side.
     Alternatively, you can snort the saline up the nostril less gently, and spit it out your mouth.  This is apparently the most common (and swiftest) method where they studied in India, but can be really difficult for westerners to wrap their mind/bodies around.

Method 3: Sort of the reverse of the above.  Make sure your mouth is clean -- brushed, flossed, and (as someone's craftster's avatar reminds us) don't forget to brush your tongue.
      Take a mouthful of the warm water into your mouth, press one nostril closed with a finger, and snort the water out your sinus.

Obscure Method:  You probably will never hear of this one anyplace else.  My teachers taught me it because I need the rinsing so much (I'm allergic to just about any particle that can get into a nose), but have an insanely touchy gag reflex.
      Make sure your mouth is clean (see above). Take a large mouthful of the water.  Bend at the waist and hang your head below your knees! Once you get the hang of it (no pun intended), gravity will pull the water into your sinus', and when you stand up (slowly, please) it will drain out. Then do the wee clearing puffs as always.

 Smiley Hope this is some use to someone sometime  Wink


i was going to reply with all of those methods, too, as a free (minus the cost of table salt) way to clean your sinuses.......surprisingly, my family doctor recommended all those, even that obscure one, to me about 8 years ago. if i would do it as faithfully as he recommended my sinuses would be a lot healthier. unfortunately i'm lazy.

anyway, hooray for craftster sinusitis! or something....
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2007 01:05:33 PM »

Hey everybody - don't forget to keep it on-topic and crafty/diy!
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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2009 03:52:09 AM »

You can make a PH balance solution with one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda,one teaspoon of sea salt dissolved into a pint of warm previously boiled water.  It is only good for a day if it is not refridgerated.  It can be used as an eye bath or to rinse sinuses.
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2009 07:52:27 PM »

I have such probs with allergies I made my own out of ceramic.But I have yet to glaze it.It's not going to be the most lovely thing but God Bless Neti Pots!LOL
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2009 08:11:41 AM »

I found out about this method about 1 1/2 - 2 years ago now?  When I first heard of it I had a HORRIBLE sinus infection(I get them all the time)...and with no idea where to get a netti pot...I came up with my own solution.

I warmed up some water, and salt...pour that into a mug.  And got a turkey baster that I knew had never been used, and never would be.  I got some of the solution into the baster.  And did the indivual cleaning of each nostril.(not the side to side)....it got EVERYTHING out.  I mean everything.  I was amazed.  It helped me clear up so much faster. 

About 1 year ago my mom got me a real netti pot...and I've used it on and off.  As well as the "sinurinse" bottle.  But honestly, these methods with their prepacked salt packet have not worked as well as my turkey baster and table salt.  So I say defintaley go for making your own.
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