the neti pot is a lifesaver


This year has been a tough one for my sinuses. In February, I was onto my fourth (you read that right…4th!) sinus infection of the season. Every time I thought it was clearing up, it would just come back – with a vengeance! I went to the doctor with the first one. When the first two antibiotics didn’t work, they put me on a steroid. When that didn’t work, they tried a different antibiotic. Eventually, it cleared up, but I’m convinced that was a coincidence. Later, when the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th infections came, I didn’t even go to the doctor.

Several years ago, at the insistence of my mom, I bought a neti pot. I should note I’m not a swimmer. Why? I don’t like the feeling of water going up my noise, and I can’t seem to stop it from happening. So even though this neti pot was sitting in its box in the bathroom closet, I had only tried it twice. Both times, I had been pretty sure I was going to drown. When my fourth infection came on, my mom asked me again to use the neti pot. I had reached my breaking point. I was ready to try anything – and that included that crazy little pot that I was certain would drown me in the bathroom. I got it out, re-read the instructions, and gave it a go.

Within seconds, I felt like I was drowning again. Then, a light bulb went on in my head. The instructions specifically said to keep your mouth open. I remembered reading it, but I honestly didn’t think about it. I tried again, this time with my mouth open, and voila! It still felt crazy and weird, but at least I didn’t feel like I was drowning. The next few times, I had to consciously remind myself to open my mouth.

After just one use, I woke up the next morning able to breathe! When you’re sick, they recommend using it two to three times a day, so I did just that for the next week. For ongoing maintenance (especially if you have allergies like I do), they recommend using it once a day. I’ll admit – it stills feels funny every time I do it, but I survive. And let’s be honest – if I can do it, ANYONE can! Oh, and the best part? It’s natural, and it clears up allergies, infections, and other sinus issues with no antibiotics or steroids!

Published by Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

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