Can one use a neti pot on Yom Kippur? It is an ayurvedic technique for clearing the sinuses, basically pouring warm salt water through one nostril and out the other.

It doesn't go into your mouth. But it might go in your throat a bit. It clears the nose to breathe.

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/47951 – msh210 Sep 22 '15 at 14:34
  • See the related question from msh210. (I asked that question, BTW :-) I know that the Neti pot is made by the same company that makes the squeeze bottle. But I don't recall the mechanism for how it works. Also, I assume that in your case, no Shabbat violations are performed in making the water "warm" (i.e., you are not cooking on Yom Kippur). You may want to edit in that part, so we are clear on that aspect. Beyond that, if the mechanism is the same, then, I think you have your answer, already. Let us know. – DanF Sep 22 '15 at 14:42
  • Thanks DanF. One difference is that there is no squeezing here, only pouring. The pot is ceramic with a spout and you tip your head at an angle to have the water come in and out. Shabbos and Yom Kippur are two different questions. I don't see why this would be prohibited on Shabbos, provided, as you say, the water is heated in a kumkum or some such thing. Perhaps I'm wrong and refuah is more broad, but I thought it applied mostly to medication. – Yonah PS Sep 22 '15 at 14:47
  • Clearly you can blow your nose, and even pick your nose, on Shabbos, and you can also wash your face, gargle mouthwash, etc. Not sure about earwax. But on Yom Kippur some of these drop out.. – Yonah PS Sep 22 '15 at 14:55
  • It looks like the only concerns are Shabbat-related which would apply to Yom Kippur. You are not eating or drinking anything. I think the minor concern of salt water going down your throat seems less than a mouthful, is non-intentional, and is not done for the pleasure of drinking. Whether this is considered refu'ah is the debate, and see the answer given in my other question coming from dinonline.org who claims it's OK. I'm not sure why it's NOT considered refu'ah according to them, as they didn't explain that. But, I'm implicitly trusting their decision coming from a pool of rabbanim. – DanF Sep 22 '15 at 16:31

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