Neti or “jala ” means “cleansing with water.” It is an ancient technique used in both and Yoga for nasal cleansing. Neti is a salt water solution flushed through the nasal passage using a simple pot designed specifically for this purpose.
The most known benefit of neti is the cleansing of the nasal passages. Neti helps flush out the particles that get trapped in the cilia which line the nasal passage, as well as the dirt, dust, pollen, fungus, bacteria, and viruses, that get trapped in the sticky mucous in the sinuses. Cleaner nasal passages from Neti also result in an improved sense of smell.
Performing neti regularly provides relief for running sinuses and from clogged passageways of the nose, throat, and ears. Neti drains the sinus cavity and provides relief for allergies, and hay fever, and can aid throat problems and conditions such as asthma. Because neti drains the Eustachian tubes, it can give relief for ear infections and associated pain. Neti also removes dirt and mucous from the tear ducts, resulting in clearer vision. Neti clears the mind, increases concentration and focus, and also helps relieve headaches, migraines, and stress-related tension.