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We are in the midst of the Spring allergy season and for many this means the onset of symptoms of hay fever: sneezing, runny nose, sinus pressure, nasal congestion and itchy eyes, ears, nose and throat. Many people take allergy medications that may help decrease symptoms but have unwanted side effects. Fortunately, natural medicine has an abundance of safe and effective therapies to help in the treatment of allergies.

One of the most effective treatments for seasonal allergies is a Neti pot. The Neti pot is a gentle, safe, efficient way to deliver a cleansing dose of salt water to the nasal passages, removing pollution, pollen, dust and other irritants. Using a Neti pot on a daily basis helps keep your nose and sinuses clean, and can decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Although the practice of nasal irrigation originated in India, it has gained popularity in the United States over the past decade.

Neti pots are specially designed for the purpose of nasal irrigation. Lukewarm salt water is used to gently cleanse the nasal passages. The salt solution should be made with distilled water (8 oz) and a pure, non-iodized salt (1/4 tsp). You can purchase a Neti pot (with detailed instructions) at your local health food store or online but it’s important to consult with your naturopathic doctor before using it to ensure it is an appropriate treatment for you.

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