The cooler days of autumn brings the inner child of everyone out to play. Raking colorful leaves into a big mound then running and jumping into the pile when nobody is looking. Carving pumpkins to look like a super hero. Drinking spiced apple cider on a hayride as the fireflies light your path. Taking a deep breath of the crisp air filled with the essence of ripe nuts and fall harvest vegetables you feel it coming on… Ah-ah-ah choo!
Seasonal allergies are caused by pollen and mold spores that are released into the air as summer fades into fall. Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, sore throat, breathing problems, and feeling exhausted. Our body’s immune system releases histamines to combat the airborne allergens and the sneezing begins. Allergies affect over 40 million Americans annually and conventional relief from the pharmacy is costing us over $1 billion per year.
Mother Nature offers natural relief from seasonal allergies that are available at your local health food store at a budget friendly price. Enjoy each moment of the changing seasons as you live naturally by following these suggestions to help prevent and combat seasonal allergies. Please consult your doctor before using natural remedies to avoid any potential health issues with your existing medical treatments.
Neti Pot – The use of a neti pot is an ancient Ayurvedic technique practiced in India that uses natural saline (salt water) to help flush allergens and remove mucus from the nasal and sinus passages. Painless and easy to use. The use of neti pots is advocated by yoga practitioners who claim a reduction of allergy symptoms and sinus infections.
Local Honey – It is believed by many that eating locally made honey daily may help prevent the onset of allergies caused by pollen. Honey is made from bees that feed on the nectar of flowers. Eating just a spoonful a day of local honey can build up immunity by gradual exposure to trace amounts of allergens without the unpleasant side effects of allergy shots.
Healthy Diet – Enjoy a diet rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C from fall harvest fruits and vegetables. Garlic and onions are good sources of Quercetin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Eat fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids while avoiding foods that increase mucus production such as saturated fats in red meat, dairy and sugar. Ginger can help reduce the histamine levels while improving digestion.
Drink Water – Staying properly hydrated is a challenge with seasonal allergies. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to help flush the toxins from your body while reducing sinus congestion. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can dehydrate you leading to more histamine production.
Home – Vacuum often to remove dust and allergens (including your mattresses and furniture). Use a HEPA air filter to reduce airborne allergens. Wash bed pillows and linens. A dehumidifier can keep mold spores at a minimum. Leave your shoes at the front door to keep from tracking in outside allergens throughout your home.
Chicken Soup – Mom knows best! Studies show that chicken soup has medicinal properties for reducing sinus and respiratory problems. When chicken is cooked, it releases an amino acid that is similar to many allergy prescriptions. Simmer chicken in a flavorful stock with garlic, onion, carrots, and spices to create a healing bowl of homemade goodness. These combined ingredients work like modern expectorant drugs by thinning mucus and making breathing easier while soothing the soul.
Essential Oils – Hang some fresh eucalyptus in your shower. The steam will release the natural oils to open stuffy noses and blocked sinuses. Make a lavender/rosemary blend and massage a drop on your chest, throat, around ears, under nose, and over your sinuses for relief on the go. Recipe Blend – 10 drops lavender, 8 drops rosemary, 1 ounce grape seed oil.
Ear Candling – Ear candling is a natural, non-invasive technique that may help alleviate the painful effects of chronic headaches, sinus conditions, ear infections, allergies or vertigo. A very relaxing holistic treatment that can gently removes excess wax and debris from the ear. Archeological evidence suggests that ear candling was used in nearly every culture since the beginning of civilization. It is important that you have a trained professional candle your ears. Do not attempt this on your own.
Supplements – Boost your immunity with supplements. Goldenrod helps clear the upper respiratory tract. Echinacea is a super supplement for your immune system. Nettle contains Quercetin which prevents the release of histamine in the body. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and lowers the histamine levels. Check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
Water – Increase your water consumption. Add the juice of a lemon and a spoonful of local honey to a glass of water to help flush the body of toxins while increasing your defense against allergens. Gargle with warm salt water to soothe an irritated throat. Shower after outdoor activities to wash away allergens.
Round up the kids and all your friends because it is time to fall back into the simple pleasures of life. Reminiscing about the good old days as you create the priceless memories of tomorrow. Pull on your favorite cotton sweater that’s fuzzy at the sleeves from all your love and grab a football or Frisbee. Pack a snack of pumpkin seeds freshly roasted in sea salt, crisp apples, and plenty of water. Toss an old quilt in the trunk and head to the beach or state park for a fall adventure.
Discover the amazing way the island has accepted the passing of summer with grace and welcomed autumn with an open heart. Northern birds migrating to our shores build their winter nests in peace. Bold yellows, reds, and oranges blaze our trail with beauty, crunching delightfully with each step of our journey. Fresh flounder in abundance awaits our lazy cast. Feeling one with the world you breathe in deeply with joy-n-ease as you enjoy the moment allergy free… naturally!