I’m going to warn you up front: what I’m about to share with you is not for everyone. I’m not even sure how I came to be comfortable with using this device, but I did. And since I started using it, I’m almost never stuffed up, never at a loss to do voice work because of congestion. I’ve never been more healthy, head-wise. But…it is a little…odd.
Here’s something you probably don’t know about me.
I have a deviated septum. There, I’ve said it.
And because of that, I used to get stuffy all the time – I was prone to nasal and sinus congestion, and that can be death to your daily VO responsibilities.
Then I found the Neti Pot. Originally used as part of the cleansing preparation for certain types of yoga, this ceramic vessel is used to cleanse the nasal passages and sinus cavities. And that’s accomplished by actually pouring lukewarm pH-neutral salted water into one nostril, which flows around the back of the nose through the sinus, and out the other nostril, cleansing the entire path.
I’m not kidding.
I do it at least once a week, more if I’m feeling a little stuffy.
And since I started, I rarely feel stuffy.
It’s amazing. It’s soothing. It’s satisfying. And my pipes are clean! You can get one at any drugstore, health food store, Whole Foods or, if you want to use the one I use, here’s the link to it on Amazon.com. And there are videos on YouTube that show you how to use it properly. Here’s one:
Over a sink, please.
Hope this helps.