I admit it, the first time someone suggested I pour salt water up my nose I was skeptical, but after having aggravated sinuses for two weeks I decided to go for it. There was nothing left to lose except another sleepless night. Welcome to world of Neti, or nasal cleansing.
The practice of nasal irrigation originated in India but is practiced by many people in North America and Europe today. The practice of Neti is used by practitioners of Yoga and Ayurveda in India for hundreds of years, and is one of the six technique utilized to help prepare the body for yoga practice. One can find reference to this practice in yogic texts known as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gheranda Samhita. Some Yoga teachers even believe that this practice helps balance the right and left hemispheres to create radiant health. Today Neti practitioners utilize this technique to deal with the countless of environmental irritants that enter our nasal passages. Having personally tried this method, I can say that it works ,and works well - and actually leaves you feeling and breathing better.
If you can get past the whole putting water up you nose bit, Neti is a fabulous alternative to irritating sinus sprays as a means to deal with those pesky seasonal allergens. The Peaceful Company has a wonderful selection on all thing Neti, from a variety of pots to saline solutions to books on the technique.