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Allergy Season

beth September 13, 2012

For some people in some parts of the world, allergy season happens more than just one time of year. Living in the south where we have mostly warm weather and things blooming nearly year round this is something we have issues with often.  Usually, we find them at their worst during a transition period – such as the current summer to fall.

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are often triggered by the outdoors. Pollen, grass, trees, crops, and many other things come together to set off an immune response that for millions become a problem. Sometimes allergies are caused by a poor immune system or poor eating habits. Often building yourself up with a good diet and immune boosting foods will greatly alleviate if not stop your allergy symptoms. However, sometimes they are still present. For a natural household, this can seem daunting – but there is help!

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Drainage
  • And all around feeling miserable.

Where’s The Relief?

For many, this means it is time to stock up on over the counter and prescription medications.  Though these drugs treat your symptoms (usually not all of them), you are loading your body with toxins that have long-term side effect and nasty ingredients. Chances are if you were to read the ingredients you wouldn’t have a clue what the majority of it is. Often these medications come with sedative effects making you very sleepy and it hard to function. The relief can come naturally.

Allergy Season

Natural options:

Raw honey/pollen

Taking small amounts of this will build up your tolerance to pollen by reducing your reaction to it. It is important that you use local honey so that it builds up your tolerance to what is in your area.

Humidifier/diffuser with essential oils

Mixing Eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary essential oil in a humidifier can help with congestion and opening up airways.

Bath

Take a relaxing bath with lavender and peppermint essential oils. This will not only relax you but help you to breathe better.

Neti pot

Rinsing your rose with help remove build up pollen and also help with the drainage that is causing you a runny/stuffy nose and irritating your throat. I always feel much better after this.

Omega 3 fatty acids

Foods high in this help to boost the immune system. (Flaxseeds, eggs, salmon, basil, etc.)

Nettle tea

While this can also be taken other ways I’ve found my family prefers it as a warm tea. However, we are not fond of the flavor and usually add peppermint or raw honey (both of which are helpful in their own ways. Peppermint relaxes the airways and settles nauseated drainage stomach and raw honey helps you build up a tolerance as mentioned before)

Ginger

Often coughing and drainage will lead to a sore throat. Simmer 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root in 1 cup of water. Add honey and drink for relief.

Diet

This always makes the list. Though we do still have allergy issues they have been far less severe since we started eating a real food diet and building up our immune system. During allergy season it is always a good idea to add fermented foods and nutrient-rich broths.

And Last, Clean!

I know when you’re sick it is the last thing you want to do but it is important. If pollen and other irritants are just sitting in your home it is going to be hard to ever really kick the allergies out of your life for good. Make sure you are dusting, vacuuming, and washing down areas of your home more frequently in allergy season than normal.

Also, remember to keep doors and windows shut and invest in an air filter. By making sure your living in a pollen-free environment you can help yourself get back on your feet.

How to does your family handle allergy season?

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  1. My daughter has horrible seasonal allergies so this year I started giving her 1 tsp. of raw, local honey with 1 drop of YL Lavender essential oil. This can be done up to 3x/day and works wonders!! I also take a drop of the lavender mixed with a tiny bit of carrier oil and rub it across her brow bone and down the bridge of her nose. Together these options works WAY better than any store bought med without any of the nasty side effects!

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