Ah, the beauty of Spring. Blossoming trees, budding plants, green grass and… AAACHOO! Oh yes. Allergies.
In Ayurveda, May is a transition month as we move from the lush, wet, beauty of late Spring into the warmer days of early summer. We are still in the Kapha season, ruled by the elements of earth and water and seated in the lungs. For over 10% of us, that means spring allergies. Whether you have allergies, or not, a daily or weekly nasal rinse is a ritual that will support overall upper respiratory health while enjoying earth’s beautiful display of wildflowers and greenery.
A nasal rinse is a simple and effective way to clean out the debris, pollutants, and allergens while also providing soothing relief for nasal dryness, gently removing excess mucous and keeping your head clear and refreshed.
How to use a Neti Pot:
Using a neti-pot, mix approximately ¼ tsp of fine, non-iodized table salt into about 1 cup of warm water until fully dissolved. Use distilled or sterile water to prevent contamination.
Standing in the shower or over the sink, place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril and tip your head to the opposite side. The saline water enters on nostril from the spout of the pot and exits the other nostril having traveled through and cleanse the nasal passages by the gentle force of gravity. Keep your mouth open to block the water from traveling into the throat.
Do the other side by placing the spout of the neti pot in your other nostril and tipping your head the other way.
Break out the neti, and go take a hike. Enjoy the majestic scenery nature offers with a clear head.
~Writen by Grace Kendrick
Grace Kendrick is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga Teacher in Grass Valley, CA.
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