Salts for Jala Neti
Doubt sometimes arises
as to which type of salt is best for use in Jala Neti. Ideally,
pure Sea Salt should be used. Below are some of the different types
of salt available on the market today and their suitability for
use in Jala Neti.
or Pickling Salt.
This is generally nothing other
than pure sea salt, but check on the packet. It can vary in
coarseness - the finer, the better for quick and even dissolving.
If you canít get it fine, grind your own from whatever you can
find. Store airtight to avoid lumping up. Found in supermarkets
and health shops.
This is just finely ground
cooking salt with a free flowing agent in it to stop it from
lumping up. Who needs aluminum, silicone or iodine up their
nose? Can be used for Jala Neti without any harm when cooking
salt is not available, but try to avoid it if you have a choice.
This is a compound mixture of salts,
herbs and spices, and will do your nose and olfactory senses
NO GOOD AT ALL!
Depending on origin,
rock salts have other minerals in them and are therefore not
recommended for Neti. They are usually very big, hard crystals
requiring a saltcellar. Nice for cooking with, but not for up
Often grayish in color.
Usually just sea salt from Japan and therefore more expensive
than local salt. May be used for Neti with no harm.
This is sea salt that
is guaranteed to be pure and has no pollutants. Other
There are sometimes
other recipes given for therapeutic nasal irrigation fluids. You
may come across reference to Buffered Saline, Ringerís Solution
or other antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agents, but
these are better avoided due to their unnatural origins and possible
harsh effects on the body.
A good source for
pure neti salt is
HealthAndYoga. Their neti salt, besides being pure is packaged
in single-use packets, especially pre-measured if using their neti
pot. To know more about their salt click on -->