Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Health talks: Natural home remedies for seasonal allergies by Corey Walden

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It's that time of the year for the sneezing, the coughing, reality check, it's the cold season. Corey Walden sent in this piece right on time. Trust me, it's definitely worth your time. 

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Corey Walden writes...

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and general congestion; for many people the smell of fresh cut grass in spring and summer simply are not something to look forward, but merely a way to know that hay fever and seasonal allergies are on their way.  

From a mild sneezing to debilitating allergies, even the strongest pharmaceuticals are not always strong enough to cope with the symptoms, and in a culture where our allergies have been so heightened by chemical exposure and poor general health, the warmer months just don’t seem as nice as they used to.  This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, however, as there are many ways to naturally and safely combat allergies at home.

The majority of seasonal allergies are because of pollen, or other air born particulates and irritants, which usually get into the nasal passages and cause their irritation there.  Pollen then gets stuck in the nose and sinuses and causes the mucus and inflammation that result in all of the unpleasant symptoms that we are so familiar with.  To get rid of these allergens and to loosen up your mucus you can use a neti-pot with a saline solution, a device and a process which is steadily becoming more popular and widely used.  Simply make your own saline from table salt and water, or buy and use a premade mixture, pouring it into one nostril with your head tilted to the side until water pours out the other nostril, and then do the other side.  Just make sure to use boiled water to make sure you are not introducing and foreign pathogens. 

Perhaps not as fully effective as a neti-pot but a lot more portable and easier to use, saline spray bottles work on the same general theory, helping to break up mucus, allowing it to drain more easily, relieving congestion while getting rid of pollen and other allergens.

One of the greatest things we can suggest for long term allergy prevention and relief is diet that includes regular consumption of local honey, which will work to inoculate you to allergens.  We suggest daily local honey, mixed into tea or cereal, but the key is that it must be from within 100 miles (the closer the better), it cannot be filtered, nor can it be pasteurized or cooked in anyway way, it must be raw.

Similarly, while it may seem unrelated, taking a regular daily pro-biotic and thereby keeping a healthy gut ecology will help reduce allergy seasons effect on you and your body.

Make sure any filters in your home are cleaned or replaced.  HEPA (high efficiency particular air) filters in particular are often found in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, and if they aren’t working, you’ll be spending all that time in your home or office (or asleep) breathing in exactly what’s bothering you.  Investing in a high quality air filter for your home that can be plugged into a wall may also be worth it, quickly and fairly completely taking allergens out of the home or office environment.

Daily hot showers; be it in the morning or evening can help unlock the mucus plugging up your sinuses, letting you drain your nose of the irritants that may be building up.  This will also help remove allergens from your skin and hair.

Eucalyptus oil has been found to help open the sinuses and nasal passageways, allowing better draining and breathing, on top of its anti-inflammatory and possibly antibacterial properties.  Place a few drops on the floor of the shower before stepping in, or add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water to breath over for a few minutes.

There are a few other herbs well known for their ability to help clear up mucus and other unfortunate allergy symptoms, such as eyebright, goldenseal, butterbur (or butterbar, which also helps with migraines and headaches)and spirulina have all been found to be effective for various symptoms.  Some are tablets, some can be taken as teas or tinctures, so look into what are the most effective delivery systems before buying and trying an herbal allergy remedy.

Spicy foods are well known for their ability to open up and clear the sinuses, not to mention they can be pretty tasty too!  If you enjoy spicy food, be it Spanish, Thai, or something else entirely, now is the time to indulge while you have an excuse!


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  2. very informative definitely worth my time .
    great article.

  3. I didn’t know vitamin C was a natural antihistamine. Must eat more of it!
    So far I had been suffering from allergy in spring time only, but last year it hit me in autumn too. :(

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