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November 21, 2011

Do You Neti Pot?

Come on now. Did you really think I was going to post a photo of MYSELF neti potting? I know some people who can’t even stand to watch themselves neti potting. Yes, I’ve turned it into a verb. Anything that’s making such a major comeback deserves special treatment. I hadn’t even heard of the neti pot until my doctor suggested one for my allergies. I forgot all about it after falling hard for Flonase, but then heard from so many of you about the neti’s mythical powers. It would appear that this little tea pot can alleviate allergies, prevent colds, even stop sinus infections in the their tracks. Suddenly rinsing my sinuses with warm salt water didn’t sound so bad. I had certainly done stranger things. So I bought one for myself, just a cheapie plastic version from Walgreens, and gave it whirl. Or pour. Nothing dramatic happened, unless you count my dog’s reaction, but I could definitely feel my mucus making its way toward the nearest exit. With more consistent use—once or twice a day when my allergies are at their worst—my congestion has noticeably improved. I still need the occasional drug, but I now get what all the fuss is about. I also did a neti pot piece for the Star Tribune (it was the most-emailed story of the day!). The testimonials speak for themselves, as do the doctors who encourage neti potting. I’m so into my neti pot now that I’m giving something called a Rhino Horn Nasal Cleansing Pot to every member of my family for Christmas.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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