The Pollen Hurricane of Spring has hit us especially hard this year in the South, and the collective misery is obvious wherever you go. Allergy season has arrived, and I have boxes of tissue listed as budget item to prove it. Although most of us dearly love the natural beauty of the South and eagerly anticipate the annual appearance of Spring color, it’s a bit like childbirth in that we tend to forget how horrible the pains of hay fever and sinus infections can be. I’ve been hacking like a pack-a-day smoker and sound way more like Katherine Hepburn than I’d like, but I just can’t help but go outside to enjoy the beauty blooming all around me! My kids are also in the throes of hay fever, and they all have what I’d imagine “consumption” from Oregon Trail sounds like.
The allergy siege must end. NOW.
Because over-the-counter allergy medicines and antibiotics can only do good to a point, I’ve been on a crusade to find natural methods and home remedies to soothe our symptoms by asking everyone I know and researching like a jack rabbit on crack. I’m going to share them with you because The Golden Rule is important and we all have to work together to slay germs!
1) Chicken Soup– The hot steam of the broth encourages nasal mucus movement in stuffy noses and increases the movement of the cilia within the nose to protect the patient from breathing in more allergy irritants. It’s also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and the nutrition from the vegetables can’t hurt either! It has more electrolytes than beverages marketed for hydration, so eating the soup will keep you hydrated better than water as well.
2) Yogurt– It’s FULL of probiotics, you know, the good bacteria that our bodies need. Having the correct amount of probiotics will lower the amount of immune disruptiing substances, and eating yogurt can shift the needle back to a healthier level.
3) Garlic– Contains allicin, which possesses huge anti-viral properties that help the body to beat back allergy symptoms. Start taking a garlic supplement (capsules in powdered form are best) daily for a few weeks leading up to allergy season to boost your immune system so that your body will be able to fight off allergies from the beginning.
4) Elderberry Syrup– includes Elderberries, raw honey, apple cider vinegar and can be made at home very cheaply! The elderberries are full of antioxidants and have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for cold and flu symptoms or to boost a rundown immune system. Adding local honey in the syrup will also help with your pollen allergies to plant life in your area. Apple Cider Vinegar is an allergy fighter in it’s own right, as it helps to restore the body’s pH balance and alkalinity. Balance is important to healthiness.
5) Neti Pot- This little device can be found in most drug stores now and has been used in homeopathic medicine for ages. After mixing warm water and the prescribed amount of salt in the Neti pot, a user simply flushes out their nasal passages by pouring the liquid through the spout into one nostril and allowing the liquid to exit through the other nostril. In doing so pollen, pet dander, and other irritants get washed out of the sinus cavities before they have a chance to cause an allergic reaction.
Just remember, I’m not a medical professional and I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I love trying natural ways to ease the illnesses and situations we deal with in life. My thinking is that if something in nature is giving us grief, there’s likely a solution to that same problem to be found in nature. Enjoying the amazing spring views of nature in the South is something to be treasured, and I’m not going to let sinus pressure and a runny nose keep me from seeing out my precious wisteria!
What sights do you look forward to seeing each spring? Do you have any other allergy remedies that I need to know about? PLEASE help me out by revealing your secrets on the Herd Management Facebook Page!