1. Start early! Especially if you are using natural remedies, starting them before your allergies really kick in is crucial. Once your immune system has mounted a full attack on the pollen, it's much harder to find relief
2. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."- Hippocrates. Raw local honey, garlic, stinging nettles tea, lots of fresh vegetables, and drinking plenty of water can all help reduce histamine and thin nasal secretions. Also avoiding dairy during allergy season can be helpful for many people.
3. Essential oils- I've been getting great relief using high quality essential oils. My favorite is combing a drop or two each of copaiba and peppermint oils with a little coconut or jojoba oil in your hands and rub together. Cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale a few times. Then rub the mixture on the back of your neck and on your chest. It helps for hours. Other good oils for allergies include eucalyptus, spruce, and ravintsara.
4. Herbs- These can be taken in the form of capsules, tinctures, or teas. Querectin, Stinging Nettles, echinacea, pau d' arco, and black cumin are all helpful.
5. Homeopathic remedies- I've had excellent results using homeopathic remedies for allergies and sinus problems. Make sure the remedy you choose matches your symptoms as closely as possible for best results. I've been using a homeopathic nasal spray by NatrBio* called Cold and Sinus that really helps.
6. Neti pot- Do I enjoy using a neti pot? No. Does it really help? Yes! I'll be honest, I tend to wait until my allergies are pretty bad before I break out the neti pot, because I just don't like it. It's really not that bad. I think I dislike the idea of it more than anything. A couple of tips to make it a better experience- add 1/4 teaspoon of xylitol to the salt water. It works very similar to the way cranberry helps with bladder infections, but preventing the bacteria from sticking to the sinus cavity. The other thing is to make sure the water is the right temperature. For me, slightly warmer than comfortable on the wrist works best. This makes all the difference in how comfortable it feels.
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