Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

I never know what day or how hard it’s going to hit, but I do know that it will. Every summer I’m struck with seasonal allergies. Every summer I spend a good chunk of money on over the counter allergy medications. Every summer I wish I took the time to figure out how to prevent this or how to not experience some of the side effects from the medications. This summer I am determined to find a better way of dealing with my allergies- preferably a more natural way. After doing a bit of reading, speaking with my naturopath, and asking friends what has worked for them, I have found some information and ideas that I think are worth trying. Obviously, what works for some won’t work for others, but the options I am considering for myself are derived from natural remedies and products and could be beneficial in other ways. Here is what’s on the top of my list to try:

Acupuncture – Based on the idea that stimulating points outside the body can change or initiate reactions inside, in this case treatment is thought to affect the immune system, where allergic reactions begin.

Neti Pot – Gravity and some saline (salt and water) solution works to thin out mucus, cleaning the nasal cavity of allergens and irritants.

Probiotics – Eating foods with plenty of probiotics isn’t just good for digestion, it also plays a key role in keeping your immune system healthy. Look for products with probiotics such as Lactobaccilus rhamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus acidophilus, all of which help keep allergies in check. Purchasing probiotic pills is an
easy option as well.

Apples and Onions – Found in the skin of onions and apples, the flavanoid quercetin is a natural antihistamine.

Walnuts, Flaxseed, Fish Oil – Omega 3’s help fight the inflammation that causes allergy symptoms.

Stinging Nettle Leaf – Also has anti-inflammatory benefits. Drink some of the herb in a tea form to get the benefits. The leaf is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

Oily Steam – Can relieve congestion. An easy way to do this at home is to boil water in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or myrtle and take deep breaths of the steam for three to five minutes.

I hope some of these can help you too if you are experiencing allergies this summer.

Yours in good health,

-Dominee, Spa Director PDX

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