In late October/early November, I got a cold which progressed to the point that I had bronchial pneumonia. During that time, I had a lot of trouble breathing, both through my nose and my lungs were under stress. I took antibiotics and rested for a few weeks, and eventually “felt better”… better, but not great.
Since then, I have been on and off congested constantly. Some of the times it has been clear that I have gotten a cold here and there (this year has been horrific sickness-wise, especially because I babysit now and catch basically anything they have), but for the rest of the time, I have been wrestling with trying to figure out WHY am I so congested.
I thought it might be a combination of dander from the cats/rabbit/hamster, or mold from the walls(?), or even just regular dust. I ended up buying an air purifier, thinking it was one of these. It helped for a few weeks, but some of the congestion came back. So then my aunt gave me this ancient device:
I only say ancient as this particular humidifier was in my aunt’s basement, and is probably older than she is. Again, it helped for a few weeks, but it also made my room very humid (obviously), and made me hot at night as a result.
I kept using the humidifier, and then bought this, to help with opening up my nasal passages:
It didn’t really do a lot. Made my room smell nice though.
So then I got this:
Tea is good, and natural, but again, no result.
That was about a week and half ago, and then I found this magical device:
Honestly, I knew about Neti pots, and how they worked before. I hadn’t really thought of them until I saw an article by Lisa Mitchell who blogs on MindBodyGreen (mindbodygreen.com). The article was entitled “8 Natural Cleansing Practices”. Her advice? Use a Neti pot.
“The basic explanation of how the Neti pot works is that it thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages. If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with sinus problems, you know how uncomfortable clogged nasal passages can be. Many sinus sufferers have turned to nasal saline irrigation, a therapy that uses a salt and water solution to flush out the nasal passages with the use of a Neti pot. The Neti pot has been around for centuries, as it stems from Ayurveda and yogic practices.”
Well now, how could I argue with that? I decided to try it out. And it works! It not only works, but it makes my breathing, my sinuses, and my head feel soso much better. I love it. The process is a little icky and it sort of feels like I’m drowning for a few minutes, but other than that, it works just wonderfully.
My boyfriend also made the analogy that my room has been like a “box”, and that to live in it, I had to “poke a few holes in it”, so he suggested that I keep the window cracked at least a teeny bit every day, and I must admit, he was right: it has made my room much less congested, along with my nose.
You can find Lisa’s full article here: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/1-7905-7/8-natural-cleansing-practices.html
I highly recommend perusing MindBodyGreen. I have found a lot of information on health, body and fitness!
Love, love, love,
– K x