Warm weather is upon us, my friends. And with it comes all the pollen, dust, weeds, and everyone’s favorite: seasonal allergies.
I remember a time when I was quite literally on 2 or 3 different allergy medicines at a time. They were prescribed by my very well-meaning and beloved family doctor. To be quite honest, they DID help me feel better. We did the best we knew how to at the time.
Fast forward several years, and this kid is on zero prescription meds and zero over the counter allergy pills. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
Well, to put it quite simply, my approach to health. And consequently, the allergies that used to plague me ALL spring, summer, and fall are all but eliminated.
Yes, I still get puffy eyes or a stuffed-up nose occasionally, but now, I am able to deal with the allergy symptoms differently. When I DO get a little puffy eyed or stuffy nosed, it is never to the point that it interferes with my plans or keeps me from doin my thang.
So here are 7 ways to help reduce seasonal allergies naturally.
*Obviously I’m not a doctor nor am I pretending to be. These are the things that have worked wonderfully for us and our family and friends ;)
1. Eliminate toxins from your home
This sounds a bit silly, I know. But the truth is, the more you overload your system with toxins, the harder it is for your body to recognize what it actually needs to fight off. Not only that, but if your system is overloaded with toxins it is unable to fight off the legit bad guys as well as it should. I cleaned houses for a job in high school and bible college. I am certain that the added exposure to toxic cleaning products did NOT help allergies. Now we use natural cleaning products in our home and I can FEEL a difference. I am no longer stuffed up or fuzzy-headed feeling after I clean.
Check out this research: http://www.sinobiological.com/T-cell-cytokines.html
2. Oil Pull with Coconut Oil
Oil pulling has become more popular lately and for good reasons! It is a great way to help your body detox naturally. Ideally, you want to oil pull first thing in the morning before consuming any beverages or food. If I start to feel persistent stuffiness, I’ll put a TBS of unrefined, organic, expeller pressed coconut oil in my mouth and swish it around for 10-15 minutes after it melts. My sinuses clear RIGHT up.
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3. Use Young Living Essential Oils
I can’t technically say that these “help allergies” but I can say that they help with “seasonal discomfort”. These oils have been an integral part of our healthy lifestyle for several years now and I ALWAYS keep Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, and Copaiba on hand. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend any other brand of essential oils.
Please, please, PLEASE do not go buy the ones they sell at Walmart and expect them to do anything good for your body.
*If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and you do not a have a good buddy who is a Young Living distributor who will actually help to educate you, shoot me an email and we will chat.
4. Use a Sinus Irrigator or Netti Pot
Nate hates this. I tolerate it. It is definitely not enjoyable, but it really helps to clear out the sinus cavities and reduce mucus buildup with the nasal cavities get a little or lotta stuffed up.
5. Eliminate foods that cause excess mucus
I know that I sound like a broken record here, but cutting out dairy and sugar REALLY will help in so many areas, including seasonal allergies. Ice cream is my jam. And growing up I ate LOTS of regular dairy-rich glorious ice cream. Now, I still get my “fix” with non-dairy cashew milk ice cream and I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything.
6. Support your immune system
Do things that are overall good for your body. Eat more fruits and veggies and less processed junk. Exercise. Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Drink plenty of water. The more you can support your immune system, the easier it will be for your body to recognize what it actually needs to fight off and then be able to fight it off effectively.
7. Supplement Wisely
We use a supplement called Allerplex by Standard Process when we need it. I also just recently discovered that Wish Garden Herbs has an allergy line. We haven’t tried it yet, but plan to. Their Kick-Butt Immune Activator is one of our favorites to help get over a stubborn cold.
Do the best you can with the resources that you have available. If you can’t do ALL the things right now, don’t stress. Be faithful with what you DO have, and God will bless your efforts.