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Neti & Nasya: Ayervedic Ritual For Optimal Health

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

The term "neti" literally means ‘to guide’. As Dr. David Frawley explains in his book, Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga & Ayurveda, neti “refers to the water that guides or draws our energy through the nasal passages, opening them up along the way”. For the water to enter our nasal passageways, we need to use a neti pot. If you have never seen a neti pot, it is typically ceramic and looks like a small teapot with a long spout that fits comfortably into the nostrils.

"Nasya" is the Ayurvedic term for nasal therapy. A nasya oil can be used on its own or in conjunction with a neti pot to oleate and moisturize the nasal passageways. Nasya oil also makes an excellent travel companion. One can use nasya oil on the plane or in an airport to support a healthy journey. Traditionally, nasya oil is made up of a blend of sesame oil infused with organic herbs that help clear, uplift and restore the nasal passageways and sinuses. PAAVANI continues in the Ayurvedic tradition with their handmade, organic Nasya Oil. This blend is formulated with the carrier oils, sesame and sunflower oil and infused with gotu kola, brahmi, shankh pushpi, tulsi, fennel, rose and essential oils of eucalyptus, laurel leaf, peppermint, lemon, cardamom, ravensara and tea tree. It is appropriate for all doshas and helps to restore the vitality of the respiratory system, oleate the nostrils and promote proper breathing.

Your nose filters the 7–8 liters of air that you breathe each minute. That air, while supplying the breath of life, brings with it particles that irritate the nasal passages and sinuses, and often lead to allergies and sinus infections. Nasal rinsing offers many physical benefits. A daily or weekly nasal rinse supports overall respiratory health because it can:

  • Support a healthy upper respiratory system

  • Provide soothing relief for nasal dryness

  • Gently remove excess mucous

  • Rinse away dust, pollen, and other irritants

  • Maintain a healthy nasal and sinus lining

  • Keep your head clear and refreshed

Some conditions that can greatly benefit from these practices include sinus allergies, deviated septum, nasal polyps, colds and flu, poor digestion, headaches, asthma, constipation, obesity, acne, arthritis, heart disease, insomnia, weak immune function, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety. Please note, the use of neti and nasya alone may not cure these conditions; yet, the use of these simple, effective practices can help reduce symptoms of dis-ease.

The best time of day to perform the rituals of neti and nasya is first thing in the morning. Mucus can accumulate while we lie horizontally with the face and torso facing up in our sleep and it is best to remove this, as well as any lingering toxins that are ready to be eliminate out of the body.

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