Neti Pots and Tea Kettles

Ugh.  I've been sick all weekend!  Sore throat, achy body, and a beyond stuffed up head.  Not fun.  I stayed home from school today, and hope that with all the extra sleep I've gotten lately, I'll be back to my normal self (and school) tomorrow.

I'm very thankful for a few things while sick.  1) Emergen-C - who knows if it actually works, but it can't be bad with all the vitamin C.  2) Puff Plus with Lotion - my poor nose is already super red.  I can't imagine what it would look like without the good kleenex.  3) My neti pot - AMAZING!!  What's a neti pot, you ask?  Read on...
I first heard about a neti pot on Oprah many years ago.  Dr. Oz recommended them for anyone who suffers from bad allergies or frequent sinus infections...that's me!  I rushed out and bought one.  At the time, both the pharmacist I worked with (Hal-that's you) and my mom thought I was crazy.

Here's how it works.  You fill it with warm, salt water, then pour it in one nostril.  If it works correctly, it should go through your nostril, into your sinus cavity, and back out your other nostril.  It took some practice in order to get the hang of it.  The purpose is to clean and rinse out your sinuses.  Or in the case that your head is beyond stuffed, like mine, it helps loosen some of that "stuff" and allows you to actually try and blow your nose.  You should have seen some of the snot that came out!!  Gross, I know, but proof that the neti pot is doing it's job!  Using the neti pot has been the highlight of my last few days.   

Craig has also been great!  He has waited on me hand and foot and taken care of things around the house.  We're never been big celebrators of Valentine's Day.  We exchange cards and that's about it.  Craig knows my thoughts about flowers: I'd rather have the money to go buy a new shirt.  This year, since I've been sick, he surprised me with a red tea kettle I saw and liked a while back.  I know, dorky, but it's really sweet of him to remember and surprise me with it.  I'm too lazy to take a picture, but it looks kind of like this.

I hope you are all having a happy Valentine's day and were able to get out and enjoy the weekend's nice weather!


3 comments:

  1. OMG! I bought a neti-pot Friday. I came down with a headcold, was super stuffed up and decided to give it a try. I love it too! :-)

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  2. sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

    usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

    i hope it works on you as well.

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  3. I'm on the fence about Neti pots. They do clear out your sinuses but I've always found a nice, hot steaming shower works about as well and is FAR more pleasant plus they have been linked to anosmia (loss of sense of smell). It's rare but it has happened.

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