With the blooming of spring flowers also comes the blooming of allergies for many people. I used to suffer from terrible allergies, constantly loaded up on Claritin and Benadryl. That is, until I employed some tricks that have left me allergy free for many years. If you suffer from allergies, no matter what the season, consider these easy tips.
1. Buy a neti pot. Neti pots are a nasal irrigation tool that Ayurvedic doctors have been practicing for thousands of years. Neti pots naturally cleanse, refresh, and protect our nasal passages, one of our body’s first lines of defense against illness. Today, more and more doctors are seeing the benefits of this ancient tool and actually suggesting them to patients. You can find a great brand here: http://shop.himalayaninstitute.org/collections/neti-products/products/ceramic-netipot
2. After using your neti, consider ordering some Nasya Oil, yet another tool we can take from Ayurvedic medicine. Healthy uncongested breathing is important to ensure proper flow of energy throughout our heads and body. When an excess of bodily fluids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Administration of herbal infused oil, or nasya, helps facilitate this cleansing process. Nasya Oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion. Daily nasal lubrication helps to release tension in the head and relieve accumulated stress. I use nasya oil daily. It is an easy and cost effective tool for nasal health. Banyan Botanicals offers a great brand here.
3. Back off dairy. This is my #1 tip for allergy sufferers. Casein, the naturally occurring protein in dairy products, can promote the formation of mucus. It can also make existing mucus thicker in your nose and sinuses, leaving you completely congested. It may also cause a runny nose or the ever annoying post nasal drip. Most doctors don’t see this connection but, I’ve seen it in myself, my family and many clients. If you suffer from allergies and consume a lot of dairy, try eliminating it from your diet for just 1 week to see if your symptoms improve.
4. Water, water, water. I can’t say it enough but water is our miracle beverage! In addition to cleansing our body from toxins, aiding in weight loss, making our skin clearer; water helps thin mucus, making it easier for it to be discharged.
5. Get to the gut of the matter. Allergies are a sign of inflammation in the body. Swelling of the sinus passages, itching and redness are all signs your body is inflamed. One of the best ways to get rid of inflammation is by healing our gut. Our gut is the doorway to health. If you find you suffer from allergies, try dealing with your diet by eating a simple, whole foods diet with plenty of dark, leafy greens, good quality pasture raised animal protein, low glycemic fruits and whole grains in moderation. I also suggest trying a high quality probiotic found at any health food store.
6. If you need help NOW try freeze dried stinging nettles. Nettles are nature’s safe and non-drowsy antihistamine but they have to be freeze dried to work. You can find them in any health food store.
Allergies don’t have to get you down. With a few easy tips and tricks, you may just find you don’t need to reach for that bottle of Benadryl any longer.
– Heather McCoy, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach