A Neti Pot
Recently, I’ve been won over by a simple device: the neti pot. This ceramic pot can be used to cleanse your nasal passages. The practice of Neti comes from the ancient tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda. So how does it work? Basically, you put warm water and salt in a Neti pot. You then pour the solution in one nostril, and it comes out the other one. The flowing liquid clears your sinuses of dirt, allergens and pollutants.
Does it string? Well, I don’t like getting water up my nose. But neti is non-irritating if you use warm water and the correct amount of salt. This saline solution matches the composition of your nasal mucus quite well. It took me a few days to get the solution and technique right.
You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about Neti in the book Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda by David Fawley. The author really knows his stuff — I’ve read many books by him. Besides giving basic instructions on using the Neti pot correctly, the book goes into the more advanced uses of the Neti pot, including using it to administer herbal remedies.
Sennheiser PX 100 Folding Headphones
These $35 headphones from Sennheiser (PX 100s) are probably the best portable headphones available. I’ve tried all kinds of earbuds and lightweight headphones, but in terms of sound quality and comfort, the Sennheisers are the most efficient. The PX 100s have excellent sound quality, and they are comfortable to wear. They also fold up, so that you can put them in your pocket. I’m rough on my gadgets, and the PX 100s have survived a couple of years with me. They’ve been crushed, yanked, and have endured general rough treatment. By contrast, I had a pair of portable Grado Heaphone. They sounded great but of one of the ear pieces broke after a few months.
Merino Wool Underwear
You may have heard me chant the praises of merino wool clothing previously. But merino wool is particularly excellent as an underwear material. It has all the right properties: it regulates temperature, breathes and it doesn’t trap odors. It also doesn’t itch — and believe me I don’t like clothing that itches. You can also put them in with your regular laundry.