By Grace Bryce, MH, CNHP
This time of year, many people suffer with allergy symptoms. There are several things that can help and offer relief.
1. Stress Management
Reduce your stress. When the body is stressed, it is more sensitive to things like pollen and it won’t take much to set you off. Reduce stress by regular exercise, breathing exercises, meditation, and herbal adrenal support if needed. Go to bed earlier and avoid staying up past 10:00 at night.
2. Drink More Water
Take your body weight and divide by two, this is the number of ounces of clean pure water your body needs in a day. Other liquid beverages do not count, when you are adding up your ounces. Adequate water intake will cool down those hot allergic issues. It also helps to improve digestion, elimination, and will help decrease sensitivity to pollens and allergens.
3. Reduce Physical Exposure
Wash your face to remove allergens from the surface. Use a neti pot to rinse the sinuses. Wash your hair and or change your pillow case before you get in bed. Wear a mask especially if you are mowing the grass or doing other activities that kick up allergens.
4. Eat More Vitamin A
Eat two or more servings of Vitamin A rich foods per day. These include: apricots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, etc. (All of the yellow or orange foods) plus beet greens, spinach, collards, parsley, & onions. These vitamin A rich foods will help to strengthen mucous membranes in the lungs, mouth, nose and throat, which will help to reduce susceptibility to infection and allergies.
5. Crank Up The Vitamin C
Eat two or more servings of Vitamin C rich foods per day. These include: fresh grapefruit or orange juice, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, melons, tomatoes, broccoli and sweet peppers. Add a supplement that is a complete Vitamin C with Quercetin and bioflavonoids. Vitamin C is water soluble, so increase the dosage to bowel tolerance and then back off. Vitamin C will also help support the adrenal glands, and fight free radicals, and acts as a natural antihistamine for allergy support.
6. Avoid Dairy
Dairy products including milk, cheeses, cream, yogurt etc tend to increase mucus production and make the mucus thicker and harder to expectorate. All dairy should be avoided during allergy season, especially if there is phlegm present.
7. Herbs For Allergies
Ragweed (Ambrosia spp) tincture will help relieve allergies to ragweed, tree pollens, cat and dog dander, mites and molds. Goldenrod tincture and Nettles are useful to dry up the runny noses. Mullein flower and leaf tinctures help with infection and clearing mucus out of the lungs. Elderberry and Elder flower are great for fighting viral infection as well as prevention. Yarrow and Catnip help to break a fever without raising the body temperature and are traditional cold and flu remedy herbs. It is best to test for sensitivity with one drop of tincture before using these herbs or if you are very sensitive. As with any herb or supplement, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before use, especially if you are taking any medications. Gracie’s Garden, LLC makes all of these tinctures. They are for sale individually or as a custom formula. Please inquire for more information. 512-818-7857 www.gracebrycemh.com
Feel Better Soon!
This information is for educational purposes only and does not take the place of appropriate care by a licensed physician.