Do You Suffer With Seasonal Allergies?
It looks like Spring is going to be unusually warm here in PA this year. It’s my favorite season for so many reasons. But for others, all this warm weather means that everything may start to bloom at the same time and create a lot of allergies by the way of pollen. If you are an allergy sufferer, you may be wondering if there are natural alternatives to prescription or over the counter medications that can leave you drowsy and in a daze. The answer is YES!
As always I’ll address your diet first! You want to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. This means no processed foods, no sugar, no gluten, and no dairy! Avoiding dairy will help both allergies/nose and lung/asthma issues. Add in homemade chicken soup, using the chicken bones to make the stock/broth. Medical experts considered this as a mere hoax until a year ago when a research showed surprising benefits to the recovery rate of subjects experiencing the common cold. Since spring allergy triggers nasal fluid build-up, it is a smart idea to have chicken soup not only on a rainy day but during springtime as well.
To prevent allergies, take Bee Pollen, 6 weeks before allergy season. Bee Pollen works by boosting your immunity.
Week 1 take 1/4 tsp of Bee Pollen
Week 2 take 1/2 tsp
Week 3 take 1 tsp
Week 4, 5 and 6 take 1TBSP. Then you just use the bee pollen regularly in your food. Try it on your salad or in yogurt etc.
For prevention use a neti pot once a day. But once you have symptoms use it twice a day. (Morning and night, when you get up and when you go to bed.) Use slightly warm or room temperate distilled water. In 16 ounces of distilled water, mix 1/2 tsp of salt. (Use non-iodized, real salt or sea salt.) You will be using 8 oz for each nostril.
If this seems too much for you, you can try holding your head over a steam bath/bowl or place a warm washcloth on your face.
Eucalyptus oil is used in aromatherapy, and it can also help you with your allergies. The oil is known for its rich pine/menthol smell, and by breathing in its vapors, you can reduce the effect that allergens have on your respiratory system. Not only is the oil anti-inflammatory, but it also has antibacterial properties which make it great if you’re suffering from a cold, too. Use the steam bowl idea from above, but add a few drops of oil to the bowl before you breathe in the steam.
Many find stinging nettle and quercetin to be helpful with allergies.
Quercetin can be found naturally in citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, and lettuce are naturally high in quercetin, but allergy sufferers will most likely need to use supplements to build up enough of this compound to prevent attacks. The recommended dosage is about 1,000 milligrams a day, taken between meals. It’s best to start treatment six weeks before allergy season.
Stinging Nettle. If you decide you need an antihistamine but want a natural option, stinging nettle behaves in much the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. The most practical medicinal form is a freeze-dried extract of the leaves sold in capsules. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours.
If you are suffering more from lung issues or a cough try Mullen, which can be found in the form of an herbal tea. Mullein has expectorant properties, which means it may help loosen phlegm and break up congestion. Thyme is also proven to be an effective natural expectorant that can relieve phlegm production during the onset of spring allergies. Some drugs add it to their components for much more effective decongestion benefit. It also has high antimicrobial properties that aids in fighting infections caused by phlegm. To experience its benefits, drink a tea made from fresh thyme twice a day or buy prepared brands that preserve the natural properties of the plant without altering its chemical components.
Drinking peppermint tea is an effective and enjoyable home remedy for treating allergies. This tea has been used for centuries as a result of its ability to decongest your nasal passages. Peppermint is extremely effective at easing inflammation and killing bacteria – and by drinking the tea and breathing in the vapors, your body can quickly be soothed of itching, sneezing and congestion.
A healthy and delicious drink, chamomile tea can also relieve itchiness and dryness of the eyes. By placing a cold tea bag for five to 10 minutes, you will feel the immediate effects against allergic reaction.
Lastly, I would just like to leave you with an example of how leading a healthy lifestyle can reverse your allergies. My husband suffered from seasonal allergies as a child. They were severe enough, that he spent many days in the doctor’s office getting shots and waiting to see if he’d have reactions to those shots. Every spring and fall, without fail, he would get a sinus infection. Of course this meant more medications. Once we changed his diet, which included removing all dairy products, he was able to wean slowly off his daily prescription medications and sprays. By changing his diet, using targeted supplements and avoiding dairy, he is prescription medication free and no longer suffers from yearly sinus infections.
If you would like to learn how adding or eliminating certain foods from your diet can help improve your health, give me a call to set up a free Health Consultation 717-781-7098 or email me at Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz.
Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/ & http://www.motherearthnews.com