Spring is on it’s way, I promise. I know that this winter has been cold, snowy and just plain dreary, but spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about taking care of those pesky spring allergies.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you already know that now would be the time to see your allergist to get a care plan set up. Being proactive and taking care of it before the season begins can help you suffer less.
Here are some tips and supplement ideas to help you enjoy the spring with less sniffles and sneezing:
Check Your Air
Inside air quality: If the pollen is a real bother for you, keep those windows closed in your home. A good air purifier can do wonders to help keep the air inside allergen-free as well. This also means that you need to keep up with the housework, like not letting the dust build up and vacuum often. Also, hang up jackets and sweatshirts in an area outside of your bedroom. It’s important to keep the allergens out of your sleeping area.
Stuffy Noses OR Post-Nasal-Drip:
Saline Nasal Spray: You can find these at your local drug store, and even find ones that contain aloe or xylitol at your health food store. Make it a habit to rinse out your nostrils with a quick squirt a few times a day. This is easy for the kids to do also.
Neti Pot: This is a little ceramic pot that does wonders for your sinuses. Mix together: 1 Cup of filtered or distilled warm water with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. baking soda. Fill the neti pot with ½ of the mixture. Leaning over a sink, place the spout on one nostril, leaning slightly to the other side. Slowly pour the water through your nose, coming out the other nostril. Breathe through your mouth and do not swallow. When you are done with that side, do the same with the other nostril. Afterward, blow your nose gently. A small amount of coconut or sesame oil can then be placed into the nostril using a cotton swab and a slight inhaling. This will help to moisturize the nasal membranes.
Local, Raw Honey: Those cute little bees pick up tiny bits of local pollens while they fly around town. By starting with 1/4 tsp. per day, you can work your way up to 1 tsp. Think of it as your all natural allergy immunization.
Gluten & Dairy Free Diet: While you may not exhibit the traditional food allergy signs of anaphylaxis, trouble breathing or hives, if you suffer from a large amount of post-nasal-drip seasonally OR all year long, then the cure might be found in cutting out an offending food. The easiest way to figure out your trigger is to go on an Elimination Diet and see if you find any relief. Gluten and dairy tend to be the two biggest offenders when it comes to making seasonal allergy symptoms worse, but corn, eggs, soy, artificial colors/preservative and sugar/sugar substitutes can be troublesome also.
(Always check with your doctor before taking any new supplements)
Essential Oils: Specifically a combination of lavender, lemon & peppermint. According to the website, EverythingEssential.Me, you can use this in several different ways. For mild allergies you can place 3 drops of each oil and the palm of your hands, cup your hands to your face and inhale deeply. The second way is to place 3 drops each of lavender and lemon, 2-5 drops of peppermint, into a small amount of water. Swish in your mouth for 10 seconds and swallow. The most important part here is to make sure that the essential oils you use are pure and therapeutic grade, they must say that they are ingestible. Many do not. DoTerra is the brand that we use in our home and yes, that is my site through them.
Quercetin: It is a bioflavonoid, a plant pigment, which is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is also said to help control the release of histamine, which is the chemicals that cause allergic reaction. Quercetin works best together with Vitamin C, and you will see that many allergy supplements will contain both. The dose for an average person is 400-600mg. (Not recommended for pregnant women) (AND just a fun tip: your red wine contains these flavonoids as well!)
Dried Nettles: Another natural antihistamine. It helps to dry out sinuses and boost the immune system. It is also said to be effective in helping eliminate the itchy, water eyes, sneezing and runny nose that comes with springtime allergies.
Probiotics: Maintaining a healthy gut helps your immune system and digestive system function properly. One way of doing this is to take a probiotic daily. It is also believed by some medical professionals that leaky gut and candida can make your allergies worse, or even cause them. By mending the digestive tract with healthy bacteria you can help against these issues as well.
Digestive Enzymes: Along the lines of the probiotic, by maintaining that healthy gut, you can help your boost your immunity. By taking enzymes you will assist your digestion in breaking down your food to be used as energy. Better use of your nutrients helps build a stronger body and immune system.
It’s important to get your care plan together with your doctor before the pollen season begins. By eating well, staying hydrated and getting the proper supplements, or medications, you can create an environment in which you can enjoy the spring and not dread it’s arrival.
Which one are you going to try?
In health & wellness,
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University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/quercetin
Mommys ER/holistic Pediatrics Specialist Jennifer Crain, LAc http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/seasonal-allergies-kids-natural-remedies-provide-sweet-relief
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