The Jala Neti

Jala Nati is one of the acts of purification in Ayurveda and Yoga, which are called sat karman or kriya. It is one of the acts of dinacharya* which is very important since the nose is the organ of the body which plays a vital role in breathing. It acts as a screen between the air outside our body and the air entering our respiratory system. To put it simply, the air outside is usually, cold, dirty and cluttered with dust and particles; the entire nasal cavity system will filter and humidify the air as well as bring it to the right temperature for our lungs.
*(dinacharya: daily ayurvedic routine upon waking)

What is Jala Neti?

Jala Neti is an ancient purification technique that involves cleaning one's nasal cavities by letting salt water flow from one nostril to the other, using a "lota "** . The warm salt water dissolves the mucus in the nasal cavity and drains it, as well as the impurities, out of the nose by flowing through the other nostril.

**(lota: small container that allows water to pass from one nostril to the other, for a deep cleaning of the nasal cavity. It is available in pharmacy, organic shop or Internet, .and can be in plastic, ceramic or copper, and of various sizes).

What benefits to expect from it?

The practice of jala neti allows to:
- promote breathing, the nose is thus freed, uncluttered.
-to get rid of excess mucus, dust and pollens
-prevention of the cold allows to prevent or limit the installation of bacteria in the nasal passage
-to help fight against the problems of allergic rhinitis
-to accelerate the healing of angina, conjunctivitis, colds, sinusitis, sore throats and all disorders related to the ENT sphere.
-To have better olfactory sensations.
-But also for yogis, to rebalance the right and left channels, i.e. the energy in the body

Warning!!!

The jala neti should not be practiced more than once a day. Moreover, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice before the first use,
To limit the proliferation of bacteria, it is essential to clean the lota well after each use.
Beware of the risks of infections related to improper use.

Contraindications:

Abstain in case of
-deviation of the nasal septum,
-or if you have predispositions to nasal hemorrhages, ENT problems, polyps ...
-Never practice after a meal

Preparation:

-Fill the lota with lukewarm water between 33°C and 39°C.
- Then add a dose of sea salt flower (or purified salt). For purists, the ideal solution for the nasal shower is to put 9 g of flower of salt and 4.5 g of magnesium chloride for one liter of water.
- Stir the solution well so that the salt is perfectly dissolved.
- Test the temperature of the preparation on your wrist.

Method:

-Slightly tilt your torso, leaning over the sink. The way you tilt your head is fundamental, in order to avoid the unpleasant sensation of water running down your throat.
-Introduce the tip of the LOTA into one nostril, with your head tilted to the opposite side. Keep your mouth open. The water flows naturally through the other nostril, without passing through the throat
- Blow your nose and dry your nostril well and repeat the washing through the other nostril.

Can you use a nasal spray?

Unlike the use of lota, nasal sprays use pressurized salt water that can irritate the mucous membranes. Some contain chemical components.
With the Jala Neti the nasal cavity is filled and allows a more complete cleaning without attacking the nasal walls, provided that the solution is well dosed!
It's up to you to test the dosage: if your solution stings your nose, it's because it contains too much or too little salt.
The preparation of salt water must be as close as possible to our physiological composition between 9 to 11%.

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Constantly thinking about illness will only intensify it. Keep that feeling of being 'healthy in body and mind'.

Swami Sivananda

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