InTruBeauty: Fall Allergies: My Natural Remedies & Solutions

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall Allergies: My Natural Remedies & Solutions

Allergy remedies

For many, fall means pulling out your long sleeves and scarves, sipping on hot cider by a fire on a chilly night and watching the leaves change. For others, it is a time of pure misery with watery itchy eyes, running nose, sore throat, sinus pain and congestion and non-stop sneezing and stuffiness, just waiting and praying for that first frost to come. If you're an allergy sufferer, you know exactly what I mean. I have a severe allergy to weed, grass, trees, cats and other allergens. Here are my top natural remedies which keep me (semi) sane during this time of year. 

1. Drink lots of water with lemon.

2. Eat a teaspoon of local honey per day. Look for a cloudier honey, or honey that is organic, raw and unfiltered to get the maximum health benefits. 

3. Take bee pollen. You'll find this in the refrigerated section of your health food store or co-op. The best benefits will come from the most local source. 

4. To reduce inflammation, make tea from ginger root. I cut up several pieces of ginger and boil it in a pot on the stove with honey and lemon slices and drink. 

5. To reduce inflammation, cook with turmeric or add a teaspoon to a glass of water daily. 

6. Use a neti pot to clear out your sinuses and release sinus pain. You can find this at any drugstore.

7. Eat 20 cherries per day for pain as an ibuprofen substitute.

8. Eat magnesium rich foods like pumpkin seeds for headaches. 

9. Stay clear of GMO foods (genetic modified) that can be allergen inducing. 

10. Use Bloom Organics Allergy and Sinus Relief liquid products in a glass of water 2-3 times per day.

11. Take a hot steamy shower. 

12. Don't lay down. I know its hard when allergies have drained all the life from you, but try to sit up on the couch instead of laying down and prop your head up as much as you can while sleeping so your sinuses drain. You'll wake up much happier.

13. Ice your sinuses with an ice pack on your head and also at the nape of your neck. 

14. Use lavender for headaches. I highly recommend Moon Valley Organics Rejuvenating Rub and Indie Lee Lavender Oil. 

15. Get a massage or roll out your neck and shoulders with a foam roller. The back of my neck is a huge contributor to headaches and sinus issues. It's all connected in a weird and wonderful way. Getting a massage will help to clear you out and get things moving again, plus you'll feel amazing after!

I still take my regular anti-histamine, nasal spray and ibuprofen when absolutely necessary but I like to use these natural remedies first. You can also ask your doctor about a steriod shot to help with inflammation if you're a frequent sufferer of sinus pain and get a lot of sinus infections. I figure a steroid injection is better than three sinus infections in one season! This does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your doctor. 

Comment and let me know what your favorite remedy, trick or solution is for allergies. I'd love to know if there's anything else that can help! Good luck, we'll make it through this season together! 

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