Sneezing, watery/itchy eyes, congestion, runny nose…could be a bad cold except at this time of year, it’s probably seasonal allergies. After a long, cold winter we finally get to enjoy balmy weather and sunshine, but then have to endure the accompanying hay fever symptoms. It’s not fair. Sigh. But here a few suggestions for ways to naturally alleviate the discomfort:
Did you know that honey can used for allergies? Here’s how it works:
Local honey bees collect the same pollen that often cause allergies, and small amounts of this pollen will be found in the honey they produce. So when you consume a small amount of this honey, it can work like an allergy shot — it slowly builds up your tolerance to the allergens, decreasing your symptoms.
You should start out with very small amounts of local honey first, perhaps a quarter of a teaspoon a day. Over time, this amount can be increased, to two to three teaspoons a day.
The herb nettle seems to relieve hay fever symptoms by interfering with the release of histamine, the inflammatory compound that can cause such discomforts as sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle.
Nasal irrigation, or washing out your nose once or twice daily with warm salt water, is another approach to this trying malady. Even mainstream medical institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic, advocate the use of nasal irrigation. You will need a neti pot, available in the Wellness department at Oryana. Then you simply use this to pour lightly salted warm water into one nostril and then let it run out of the other. This will rinse out all the irritating pollen. Nasal irrigation has actually been a part of yoga health-oriented “cleaning rituals” for centuries.
Oryana’s Wellness department carries a variety of allergy relief products including homeopathic remedies and nasal sprays. Two good products are Enzymedica Allerase, a blend of enzymes, and Wild Harvest Aller-Aid with Quercetin (a natural anti-histamine.) Here’s to a healthy, allergy-free spring and summer!