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The History of the Neti Pot

The History of the Neti Pot

Neti Pot

Have you ever looked at a neti pot and wondered, “What is this strangely shaped tea pot for and who came up with it?”

The neti pot is the oldest form of nasal irrigation and was developed as an ayurvedic yoga tradition in ancient India. The word “neti” means “nasal cleansing” and comes from the historical Indian language, Sanskrit.

Nasal irrigation, which is called jala neti by yogis—male yoga masters—was very important for yoga because it was one of the six cleansing practices, or “kriyas.” It was believed that clear breathing led to clear thinking; therefore, by purifying the nose, a higher state of meditation could be achieved. In addition, yogis believed that cleaning the nose helped overcome addictions, mood swings, and complaints.

In the US, the neti pot first gained popularity after Dr. Oz featured it on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007. Since then, this object that looks like a genie’s lamp has been granting many wishes for natural relief from sinus and allergy symptoms.


The neti pot is a good alternative to the positive pressure sinus rinse system, especially for individuals who prefer less pressure and a slower stream of solution through the nasal passages. NeilMed now offers a longer-lasting porcelain neti pot if you prefer this to the plastic version.



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