For centuries, the sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda have utilized nasal irrigation (neti) and nose oiling (nasya) to cultivate balance and harmony in the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Having its origin in Hatha Yoga, historically teachers like Yogi Gorakhnath and Swami Vishnudevananda, taught their students the importance of daily neti. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, has also been vocal in promoting the use of neti and nasya as part of dinacharya (daily self-care rituals) in order to both cleanse and nourish the nasal passageways. When one incorporates the practices of neti and nasya into their daily self-care ritual, a greater balance between the Pingala and Ida Nadis (right and left energy channels of the body) can be achieved, the nasal passageways can be purified and protected, and pranic (life-force energy) healing can occur.
As an Ayurvedic company that loves sharing the practices of dinacharya, promoting nasal care is an essential part of what we do. That’s why we are excited to announce the launch of our NEW Neti Salt! The perfect addition to The Nasal Care RItual consisting of our Neti Pot and Nose Oil. Our aromatic Neti Salt is formulated with organic essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and tea tree infused into Himalayan salt to provide your neti experience a botanical boost. This herbal infused Neti Salt is gentle enough to use regularly and is intended to enhance your intake of prana with each use.
NETI SALT INGREDIENTS
In order to receive a full introduction, let’s take a look at the healing actions of each ingredient in the PAAVANI Neti Salt:
Extracted from the salt mines in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, pure pink Himalayan salt is the result of evaporated seawater which was once landlocked by mountains due to shifts of tectonic plates. Known to be the purest salt on Earth, Himalayan salt has been traditionally used in Ayurveda as a neti salt used to create a saline solution or a nasal rinse solution, to be used with a neti pot. Himalayan salt is known to have a purifying and soothing effect on the nasal passageways and can help to reduce and/or eliminate nasal and sinus infections. Lastly, Himalayan salt is rich in minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. These essential minerals help to keep the immune system, bones and tissues of the body strong and vital.
Native to Tasmania and Australia, eucalyptus essential oil, derived from the medium sized evergreen Eucalyptus tree, has cool and light qualities, making it ideal to pacify the heavy and dull qualities of kapha dosha. Ayurveda recommends eucalyptus to reduce irritation and inflammation within the nasal passages and also for its ability to expel mucus out of the respiratory tract. In the mental and emotional body, this clearing essential oil can help to improve focus and cleanse negative energy.
With its refreshing aroma, peppermint essential oil clears and awakens the mind, helping to reduce excess kapha and its cooling action balances the fiery nature of pitta. Supportive to the movement of prana, peppermint can also help to balance vata dosha or, more specifically, prana vayu. It is also a wonderful decongestant and expectorant, helping to eradicate mucus and congestion from the respiratory tract, nose and sinus region.
Tea tree has a long history of use amongst Australian Aborigines and today, it is one of the most thoroughly researched essential oils. It is a powerhouse that provides antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and expectorant therapeutic actions. Reducing to kapha and pitta doshas, we utilize tea tree in our Neti Salt in order to support the immune system and reduce the occurrence of sinus infections, congestion, coughs, colds and sore throats.
Once used in French hospitals to cleanse the air and reduce microbes, rosemary essential oil helps to increase the light and flowing nature of the lungs necessary for taking in a deep, long breath. In Ayurvedic terms, it balances the cold qualities of both kapha and vata doshas thanks to its warming nature. Rosemary also decongests the body of excess mucus brought on by imbalanced kapha. Its herbaceous aroma has been known in traditional herbalism to help with memory, clarity and focus.
How to Use Your Neti Salt
To prepare your nasal solution, scoop 1/4 tsp. PAAVANI Neti Salt into your neti pot. Next, pour warm water that was distilled or previously boiled into the neti pot. Place the tip of the pot’s spout into one nostril and open your mouth. As you tilt your head to one side and tip the neti pot, the saltwater solution enters the nasal passage and flows into one nostril and out the other. Mix more Neti Salt solution and repeat this process on the other nostril. Following your neti ritual, moisturize the nasal passageways with PAAVANI Nose Oil to prevent dryness.
When to Neti
Ayurveda recommends neti and nasya daily in order to awaken the senses and expel congestion, mucus and pathogens from the body. Neti also balances both hemispheres of the brain and promotes a sense of calm, clarity and focus within the mind. However, if you are more vata or pitta predominant and find the practice of neti to be overly purifying and drying, we recommend neti every other day or even just once per week. As for nasya, we recommend oletaing or lubricating the nose daily to protect the body from pathogens, environmental pollutants and to moisturize the mucus membranes of the nasal cavity.
As Ayurveda teaches us, it is always important to remember that we are all unique individuals with varying needs; thus, as you experiment with the practices of neti and nasya, tune into what best supports you in cultivating the ideal balance between purification and nourishment. We hope that you enjoy incorporating the PAAVANI Neti Salt into your nasal care ritual! If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to leave us a note in the comment section below.
For more information on the rituals of neti and nasya, please visit our blog, Neti & Nasya: Ayurvedic Practices for Optimal Wellness.
Frawley, David. Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga & Ayurveda. Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Lotus Press. 2005.
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