Tejomaya Wellness

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Month: April 2017

Keeping Your Nose Clean: The Neti Pot

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Back in February, I wrote an article for Inner Child Magazine about neti pots. I’ve been a devoted fan of the neti pot for years, and it always helps me tremendously when springtime allergies kick in around this time of year.  It’s not Valentine’s Day anymore, but since I use my neti pot year round, I thought you might still enjoy learning about this strange, but useful contraption.  I think you’ll find that it will help you soothe your sneezes!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,

Jennifer

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It’s February, and love is in the air. Since Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of cold and flu season, there’s the potential for some germs to be in the air, as well. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating a clean and healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise are all good ways to give your immune system a fighting chance, but there’s another way to help your chances of being struck by Cupid’s bow rather than a nasty virus or infection, and it starts with your nose.

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We take in approximately 11,000 liters of air in a day, with our nose acting as a primary filter for most of whatever happens to be traveling with that air. When things are working normally in the nose, your cilia keep mucus moving along in your nasal passages, bringing it to your nose to be blown out or to the back of the throat. When things become congested in there or the membranes inflame due to allergens these hair-like cilia can benefit from a good rinsing to thin mucus and get rid of the irritants that are clogging up the works. That’s where the neti pot comes in.

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The neti pot has been used in Aryuvedic therapy for centuries, but is just now getting it’s due in the west as allergy and sinus suffers are discovering its ability to ease congestion and clear pollen and other debris from nasal passages. They come in a variety of materials from plastic to copper, and in the traditional teapot-style or more modern squeeze-bottle designs. No matter what type you use though, the end result is the same: to irrigate the sinuses by flushing out mucus and any particles inside the nose that may contribute to illness or inflammation. By inserting the tip of the neti pot inside the nostril and directing a warm, salt water solution through to the other side on a regular basis, health experts suggest that you can prevent or shorten the duration of colds, reduce snoring, ease sinus headaches, improve taste and smell and more.

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Neti pots can be found in pharmacies and health food stores, and are typically inexpensive when compared to nasal sprays and medications. Prepackaged saline packets can be purchased, or can be made at home with minimal cost and supplies. Keeping your neti pot clean and sterile is recommended, especially if it is being used to clear congestion due to illness or to clear seasonal irritants. Nasal irrigation can be performed as frequently as needed, and some experts suggest doing it as often as you brush your teeth. There are some circumstances and pre-existing conditions that can be affected by use of a neti pot though, so always talk to your doctor before starting any new alternative therapies to make sure they will enhance your health and not hurt it. Once you get the okay, take some extra time to stop and smell the roses. They ought to be especially lovely, now that you can breathe.

From The Archives: Drink Up!

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After spending the past two weeks at the mercy of a rotten cold/allergy combo, I’m finally starting to feel human again.  This is thanks in-part to finally being able to get some quality rest, and sipping my favorite anti-inflammatory concoction before putting myself to bed early each night. I thought the simple recipe in this blast from the blog’s past might help some of you who are in the same boat! Take care of yourselves and feel better soon. <3

Wishing You Total Well-Being,

Jennifer

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Since the change in weather seems to be stirring up coughs and colds in my town, I thought it might be nice to share one of my home remedies with you that got me through the nasty lung flare-ups that accompanied my illness years ago. I still use this to calm just about any kind of inflammation, and it really helps me to feel better quickly.

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First, I boil some water on the stove. I’ve never measured the exact amount, but make sure its enough for a cup of tea, since that’s basically what this is. Then, in a mug, I squeeze the juice from half of a lemon. To that I add a 1/4 -1/2 a teaspoon of the following: ground turmeric, ginger and cayenne. By all means, use fresh if you have it, but if you’re watching your budget, ground herbs and spices work just fine and even the certified organic kinds are very affordable. This will be spicy, so if it’s your first time at the rodeo, you can start small or even just sprinkle a little in your mug and build yourself up from there. Cayenne has, for some sufferers, actually settled GERD, heartburn or stomach acid, so don’t be afraid of it, but I get if you want to start out small. Then, I  add one crushed clove of garlic and add my hot water.

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At this point, I added a teaspoon of local honey to my mug and sipped it like broth, but if that’s too far out there for you, just finish it as is and follow it with the honey straight off of the spoon. Mary Poppins approved!

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Why did I choose what I chose to put in it? Here’s a breakdown of the properties of each ingredient:

Lemon – said to purify the blood and strengthen the immune system.

Turmeric – a powerful anti-inflammatory, showing promise in a variety of illnesses and diseases.

Ginger – aids digestion, improves respiratory function and also anti-inflammatory.

Cayenne – yet another anti-inflammatory, known to break up mucus in congested individuals.

Garlic – a natural anti-viral and antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties, as well.

Local Honey – traces of pollen native to your area have been known to soothe seasonal allergies.

What about you? Do you have any tried and true home remedies that are good for what ails ya? Share your recipe in the comments!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,
(And a resilient immune system!)

Jennifer

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