I don’t know about anyone else, but allergies are starting to maul me. I’m talking a full-on attack: watery, itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, congestion. Every day that I go to weather.com (and I have an addiction, so I go many times a day), I am met by the same sad declaration: “The Pollen Forecast for your Area is Very High.” What’s a girl to do?! It’s nearly impossible to get any work done when you feel like your head could very well fall like a lead weight and your eyes are so itchy you can’t keep them open for extended periods of time. And for those of you who like to sing (even if it’s just in the shower), will find that it becomes increasingly difficult to fight the phlegm and scratchy throat to make a sound that even marginally represents “singing.” Yes, it’s true: allergies are a complete fail.
I, luckily, have a secret remedy. And, no, it does not involve nasal sprays or narcotic allergy medicines (ew). Mother and I discovered it in eleventh grade when I was ridiculously congested from allergies and had the high school musical coming up in a few days (I was Sandy in Grease – which wouldn’t have been pretty with allergies). We tried every natural cold remedy we could find, to minimal avail. Finally, someone at the health food store suggested that we use a Neti Pot.
Now, don’t freak out. They’re incredible. I was a little weirded out at first, too, but I was desperate, so I tried it. Neti Pots, you see, are basically ceramic (don’t get the plastic ones) tea pots that you fill with lukewarm salt water. Then you tilt your head to the side a little bit towards the floor and pour the concoction in the nostril that is pointed slightly towards the ceiling. It filters through your nose and out the other nostril, along with more congestion than you could imagine. Then you switch and cleanse the other side.
I have legitimately never experienced such immediate and complete sinus relief in my life. That entire first week, my Neti Pot and I were inseparable. My softball coach found it ridiculous and teased me about it for the next two years, but I ran into him recently and he commented on how he finally gave in and used one because he remembered how well I said it works, and was converted. My voice teacher now swears by it. It is the most incredible nasal decongestant ever – and is completely natural. I have one with me at school, where colds and allergies run rampant, and am thankful on a regular basis that I brought it with me.
Seriously. Once you go Neti, you’ll never go back.