Thursday, December 9, 2010

Neti Pot.

Dear Friends,

I cannot remember the last time I was this sick. Sick as a dog. Actually, I do. I remember the time when I was so sick last fall that I had no idea what to do with myself - I WAS MISERABLE.

Today, I am experiencing it all over again. Perhaps I have a special strand of swine-flu... I am not sure what I have to be honest. But the symptoms include headache, body ache, chapped nostrils, sore throat, major post-nasal drip, and drowsiness. I feel like I just ran a marathon, gone through a cycle in the washing machine, fallen out of a tree, and smacked my head against a door far too many times. Sounds appealing, no? What is possibly holding me together?

This here, my friends, is a neti pot. Now I am sure that I do not look any more graceful than this lady does... but it works WONDERS. I was introduced to Neti, here, by a friend of mine. During my sickness last year, she brought it to me at school (James Madison University) and we decided to whip that puppy out in the public bathroom by the nearby dining hall. A bathroom we thought was private and pretty quite. Little did we know...

At this point in time, I didn't know how to work a neti pot. My dear friend helped me to create the saline mixture; she showed me how to exactly tilt my head and pour in the solution into my sore nostril. Next thing I know... I am screaming my head off an extremely unexpected snotty substance pours out of my nose. You would scream too if you felt solution going through your nasal cavity and sometimes through YOUR BRAIN if you happened to tilt incorrectly. About 5 minutes into the agonizing and surprising creaming, a lady from the nearby dining hall came into the bathroom. "Is everything okay in here!? I could hear you from outside." We just stood there: neti pot in a dry nostril. Not a very appealing or satisfying response...

All in all -> Neti Pot = Miracle. My congestion broke down and I was neti-ing like it was 1999.

Thank you, Mr. Neti, wherever you are. If I could, I would shake your hand. This little neti pot is saving me today... and Nyquil. I have slept near 15 hours today.

Neti On,


  1. My dear, you just described exactly my condition 3 weeks ago...and I was in bed for 2 to 3 days...definitely stay there in that bed as much as you can! It took me 9 days to get better (before all the good stuff actually came out of every nook and cranny in my head) ;) and I am learning my rest lesson again because I am going downhill again. That nasal drip is takes up the entire space in your throat! And even Neti could not bust through my congestion this wouldn't drip :( I have jumped ship to a new product, the squeeze bottle. I will test said product and report back later. For now, praying you get better and get your self some antibiotic!

  2. Btw: friends show friends how to use Neti. That's how I started it too...step by step instructional, complete with my friend's snot and all :)

  3. I'm so proud that you Neti now. I remember when you turned up your nose at it....get it?!?!

  4. Some time ago, my brother had very tough cold, so i suggested to the neti pot using. he used to it and its been very happy.


  5. You may try Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa ( i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.