The benefits of using Jala Neti (or nasal irrigation) include prevention of viruses that enter through the nose or mouth. The cilia are small hairs that line the nose and are responsible for moving mucous out of the sinuses and also capturing pollutants, toxins, etc when inhaling air or breathing. In most cases, bacteria and germs can not survive in our bodies when first introduced. They need a breeding ground which they find in the cavities of our sinuses to multiply and grow before attacking our body. Removing these unwanted substances on a daily basis allows our immune system to rest.
Other benefits include relief for allergies, asthma, colds, headaches, etc. Jala Neti also aids in balancing the autonomic nervous system, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Furthermore, the pituitary gland can be stimulated with regular practice.
This practice has been traditionally used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, Jala Neti (or nasal irrigation) relieves excess of Kapha in the sinuses, aiding in balancing the whole body.
Combining Jala Neti with salt water gargle has double the impact on the immune system versus Jala Neti alone. The salt water gargle kills any bacteria lingering in the back of the throat and the Jala Neti flushes out bacteria and germs from the naval cavities.
Salt Water Mixture: Mix one cup of lukewarm distilled water with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Be sure not to use table salt because it contains anti-caking substances and sea salt may be harsh on the sinuses.
Salt Water Gargle: Gargle the salt water mixture listed above in your mouth for up to 20 seconds 3 times. Lift your chin up when gargling to ensure the salt water reaches the back of your throat. Be careful not to swallow this mixture.
2. Jala Neti (Nasal Irrigation): Pour salt water mixture listed above into your neti pot. Tilt head over sink and move your right ear towards your right shoulder slightly. Using the neti pot you prepared, start to place the spout in your left nostril and pour the solution in your left nostril. It will flow out of your right nostiril. Breathe through your mouth when needed. Repeat on the other side, tilting your left ear to your left should slightly, and pour the solution into your right nostril, allowing it to flow our of your left nostril.
3. You can choose to lubricate your nostrils with oil if they feel dry, a process called Nasya in Ayurveda.
4. Wait a moment before blowing your nose.
You may repeat this process daily in the morning or whenever is convenient for you. These techniques will help to boost your immune system. Happy Health!