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Sinus relief for cold and seasonal allergy

Flowers. Butterflies. Bees. Ahhhh, that’s what we love about Spring!

Sneezing. Stuffy nose. Fatigue. Is this a cold or Spring allergies?

Spring has been in bloom here in Seattle since last month. That’s since February. Bees, flies, mosquitoes and yellow jackets have all sprung from their nests already. Already. It’s unreal!

If Spring hits you with allergies or a cold, you might find terrific relief with a neti pot.

I’ve created this video to help you see how to use one.

To make the neti pot extra refreshing, consider adding an essential oil, such as

There’s a secret for clearing your sinuses after using it, however, and most people are unaware of it.

After you’ve used the neti pot, you must clear the water thoroughly from your sinuses. If you don’t, you could be dripping water all day.

If you want to skip directly to this sinus clearing technique, watch it here (at minute 2:46)

It’s a breathing practice (pranayama) from Tibet, which is wonderfully energizing. It’ll have you feeling Spring-fresh, rather than Sprung-and-tired.

Maybe you have dry mucus membranes with a cold or with Spring allergies.

In this case, you’ll benefit from my video on oiling your sinuses (nasya). It’s a simple and very gentle practice. When I lived in the dry desert of Nevada, I oiled my sinuses every single day. It made a big difference.

How do you find sinus relief when faced with a cold or with seasonal allergies?

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  • Cindy

    Frances, These are great tips and as spring appears after a very tough winter I am grateful for these healthy self care tips. Have an amazing day!

    • Frances Arnold

      Yes, it’s been a tough winter for so many. Self-care is a must for anyone to thrive! =-)

  • Bonnie

    I have been looking for more natural ways to deal with my newly acquired seasonal allergies and I have heard of the neti pot but I wasn’t really sure how to use it. Your video makes it really simple! thanks!

    • Frances Arnold

      Fantastic, Bonnie! I hope you like it and that it helps your allergies. =-)

  • Cena from

    I can honestly say that I believe in Nette Pots and all the breathing techniques because they all work – with none of the yucky after effects of the drugs. Thanks Frances! Great tips! and Awesome demonstration!

  • Lori Manns

    Thanks for this post. I suffer from sinuses and appreciate all good tips.

  • Dorothy Pang, Fertility Coach & Acupuncturist

    Frances, I love the neti pot! I find it’s really helpful for occasional mild allergy symptoms. I do practice acupuncture – that can be helpful when there are more consistent and persistent symptoms. I feel like this helps to clear the sinuses for those who are bothered by a lot of particulate matter but for those with a real autoimmune allergic response, that’s not often enough. Thanks for sharing!

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