Allergies Be Gone
Posted On Feb 28, 2019
Spring is in the air. Literally. From weeds to spores, grass, and tree pollens, the warm weather is here, driving airborne allergen levels through the roof. That means your allergy symptoms – the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes – are in overdrive and here to stay that way for months.
Although I’d like to wave a magical wand or hit up Harry Potter for a spell to rid those pesky allergy symptoms … “Expecto Patronum, allergies be gone!”
I’ve tried it. Doesn’t work.
But what CAN you do?
Here are a few effective, all-natural ways you can tackle allergy season:
Head to Whole Foods or your local alternative care shop and a pick up a few of these allergy busting essential oils:
Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint
Here are three ways to use them:
- Apply any of the aforementioned oils on the back of your neck, under your nose, and around the hairline and throat as often as needed to alleviate symptoms.
- Diffuse: Put a few drops in a spray bottle filled with spring water and spray around your house.
- Add a few drops to your pillow at night.
These are three of the most commonly used EOs for relieving allergies because of their anti-inflammatory properties and calming side effects. They work well when blended, but can be used separately as well.
Quercetin is a natural, plant-derived compound that prevents your cells from releasing histamine (the stuff that makes you sneeze). According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Quercetin helps to stabilize the cells that release histamine in the body and thereby has an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect.
Citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, and wine 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.
*Please note: Always consult your doctor before using this or any other supplement – especially if you are pregnant or nursing.
Other natural antihistamines: Butterbur, Stinging nNettle, and Dong quai.
- Dairy, sugar, and wheat/gluten increase allergies, so consider removing these from your diet.
- Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because they can pull pollen indoors.
- Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner if necessary, to avoid allergens.
- Eat more greens and take Omega 3’s or flaxseed during allergy season.
These are all suggestion for mild allergy symptoms. For those who have more advanced cases and reactions, I’d suggest looking into acupuncture and Kinesiology for allergy testing (muscle testing). Both are all-natural ways to resolve your body’s food and substance sensitivities. I, personally, used Kinesiology to cure my allergic reaction to mold when I went to college and lived in the dorms.
Good luck this allergy season! Go get ‘em.