A few weeks back with our burst of super warm weather in Connecticut, yours truly, The Clean Eating Coach, was having a tough time with my allergies. Allergies are caused when pollen, prevalent during the spring season especially, is in overdrive. It gets into the body, which reacts to the irritant by naturally trying to dispel it. Nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose are a few typical symptoms you might experience.
Ever since I was small, I’ve had seasonal allergies and I’ve been through a host of treatments over the years including allergy shots and antihistamines. In recent years, however, I’ve moved away from prescription and over the counter medicines as much as possible and have been trying to treat my allergies in a more natural way.
Here are two of my favorite techniques that I have found to be helpful in reducing the symptoms to make being outside more enjoyable.
A Neti Pot (or sinus rinse bottle) is a wonderful and exceedingly simple idea to clear your sinuses. Fill this small porcelain or plastic pot with warm water, add a saline solution and give your nostrils a rinse – it will wash the accumulated pollen away and let you breathe a whole lot easier. Admittedly, it’s a bit of an art to get everything lined up properly – so that water goes in one nostril and out the other – it’s all in the correct angle and tilt of your head. But once you get the hang of it, it’s a great allergy strategy. I use mine every day or even twice a day for optimal benefit. And if the neti pot is just too awkward, you can buy a sinus rinse bottle at almost any drug store that gives you the same result but is much easier to use.
Stinging Nettles Tea – Found at your local health food store, stinging nettle is a flowering plant found in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. While touching this prickly plant will likely sting your skin, when extracted into a tincture or tea, it has anti-inflammatory properties and is very helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. What’s more, nettles are non-toxic, safe, and inexpensive. I like the tea which has a decent flavor and when I drink it consistently, two cups per day, my allergies seem improved.
Ironically, after my allergies flared a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten into a good rhythm and now that’s I’m using my daily practices to take better care of myself, it seems to be paying off.
What natural remedies do you use to take care of your allergies and keep medication to a minimum? How have you been able to overcome annoying allergy symptoms?