Sunday, January 2, 2011

Alas, no food to blog about today

While all my blogger buddies are posting wonderful foods for the new year, I am taking another avenue today.  So, have you heard of a Netti pot?  I found found it spelled neti and Netti.  Not sure at this point which is right.

I have been coughing and sneezing with a cotton-filled head feeling for 3 days now.  A friend of The Trout called and when I answered the phone, he asked how I was feeling.  Then he said, "have you ever used a Netti pot?"  I told him I had not, but I had one that is probably over 100 years old.  He convinced me to check it out further.

So, I got this baby out of the china cabinet (of all places) and cleaned it up.  Made my solution of salt water and tried it.  Actually, I expected more of a drowning experience, but it actually felt very comfortable.  I did watch a YouTube video on this first, because the last thing I needed was an ear infection on top of all this. 

I hope it worked.  My nose is actually feeling a lot better.  So, have you ever used a Netti pot?

28 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:29 PM

    Susan, I haven't actually used a Netti Pot, but I have done the basic equivalent a few different ways using the salt water solution. I think the "warm bath" helps out a lot and flushes out some of the yuck. I hope it gives you some relief!

    Jessika

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  2. I have never heard of a Netti Pot, but the French make a large spray that is made up from salt water from the sea. When I was having problems with my throat the Ear Nose & throat guy told me to use it. I think it worked!

    Re dry cassoulet - as I made a lot yesterday, we had plenty left over and it had dried out overnight in the fridge. I heated up enough for tonight in a saucepan and as I had a bottle of cider open I poured in enough to sort out the problem. It was delicious :) Diane

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  3. My daughter gave me one, but I've yet to try it because I think I'll drown!

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  4. I don't mind spray but have yet to use a neti pot. Afraid of drowning too!

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  5. Along with you, I have also am suffering from a cotton head. I have been using a saline spray to provide some comfort to this tired nose. I think the netti pot is a great idea!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Looking forward to hanging out with you in 2011.

    Feel better.
    Velva

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  6. I've never heard of it Susan, but I sure hope it helps and you're better soon. A lot of people here have colds.
    Sam

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  7. remind me to never eat gravy at your house... =o)

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  8. Oh Sandy, I am laughing! All these years and I thought I only had one gravy boat in the house!!!

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  9. It's a very old remedy, and one that works, I find. I hope it brings you relief.

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  10. LOL! Sandy beat me to the first little chuckling comment that entered my head. (It does look like a cute little gravy boat.)

    I did try a netti pot last winter... think I may have added too much salt. It did help, but seemed short duration. Hope it helps you feel better soon.

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  11. I have heard of it but have never had the courage to try it. I have tried a saline solution with a syringe - not fun. Can't there be a better way? :)

    Hope you feel better soon, Susan!

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  12. Yes and it definitely helps! Hope you are feeling better.

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  13. I've never even heard of a netti pot, Susan. I'm going to Google it. You'd think someone of my great age (and a believer in old remedies) would know this secret!
    Hope it helped and that you are feeling better.

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  14. When I saw your Netti pot I first thought of a gravy boat and then Alladin's lamp. Sometimes old remedies are the best. Have you used a portable room humidifier? Always works great for me when I have a bad cold.

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  15. WHat nice comments! But, Bonnie, I had to laugh. I do believe in humidifiers and have used them in the past, but living in Florida, even in Winter, we have more than enough humidity. I am afraid it would be cause for the "vapors" if I used that in the house. lol

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  16. We don't have a neti/Netti pot, but there is nothing like a warm salt water wash in the event of even the slightest nasal congestion.

    Feel better Susan, and if I were close by I'd make you chicken soup. ;)

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  17. My sister in law who does a lot of yoga taught me to do this with just a mug of salt water years ago. I think it really does help.

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  18. I do hope you are feeling better. My niece is an ENT physician and I keep meaning to ask her about those pots. Fortunately, I've never had a sinus infection. Hope to keep it that way.

    Take care!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  19. Sorry you are not feeling well. I know several people who use nettie pots and swear by them! Get well soon! Hopping the New Year improves for you soon!

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  20. Have never tried one, my sister in law uses hers faithfully, she thinks we all need one.

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  21. I have used something similar, in a bottle after my sinus surgery last year. It did help, even though i don't like the feeling of it too much.

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  22. I sing this things praises all the time!! you might want to go get the saline packets at your local drug store or get plain salt. I don't know how you are figuring up how to make 9% normal saline. It is a very gentle wonderful to wash all that guk out of your sinuses. We wash away other infections and anything to help clean them out has got to help! I use mine periodically when my nose is irritated or dry or after I have been exposed to someone elses illness. I like my little plastic pot that nice piece of china seems pretty fancy for a NOSE!
    Hope you get well soon! At the drug store it's called nasi-flow.

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  23. ok PS after just looking at your comments for the folks who are scared of drowning. Maybe a video is a good idea. You bend over a sink and tip your head. You place the tip of the pot of nice warm solution to one side of your nose and just let the fluid flow gently. It will come out the other side of your nose. We won't talk about what you see. You leave your mouth open the entire time and breathe through that. Then you rinse the other side. It's ok to gently blow your nose in between.
    You really would have a hard time drowning or choking. It doesn't feel bad like accidently getting a bunch of water up your nose in a pool. It's normal saline and it is actually soothing besides cleaning out those hard to reach little bitty spaces in the sinus cavity. It helps! No I don't work for them. I am just grateful to the person who showed me how to do this.

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  24. Yes, yes, and yes!!! They are the best invention ever. They work, and it's really not that uncomfortable to use either, as you found out!

    So...keep on "netti potting" away!

    :)

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  25. To my "editor": Thank you! "Time" sometimes gets away from me!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  26. I have read and heard abaout this for years but have never tried this; You make it sound really fine. Today is the 5th; I hope you are feeling better.

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  27. Anonymous4:15 PM

    cannot believe that you posted a picture of a netti pot?! It looks better then what it is used for, that's for sure. So, like are you going to post a pic of a urinal and a chamber pot to your collection? LOL. But please, you can save the description of their usage.
    As you know, the netti saved me last year.

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  28. I was so surprised to read about the Netti pot as I had a sinus infection a few months ago. I cleared it by squirting salt solution up my nose (yuck) with a syringe. It worked wonderfully but I do wish I had read your post first! The old rememdies really do work.

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