Spring is in the air! The whole area seems to be coming alive once again! It is my personal favorite time of year. unfortunately my body doesn’t like it so much. I have suffered from allergies for years now. I depended on prescription nasal spray and a clarity of brand for over ten years. I was tired of putting those drugs in my body on a daily bases. I got to a point where I just stopped using them but then suffered horribly as a consequence. A couple years ago I was introduced to the idea of eating a tablespoon of raw honey daily for at least two months before allergy season started. Last year I did that, it did help some but not as well as I had hoped. That lead to more research and trial and error. Now I have few things that I have found that help protect my body against the attacks of pollen and dust that I would like to share.
1. Raw Honey
Raw honey that is from a local source is full of pollen from that area. Taking a tablespoon a day at least two months before allergy season starts will help your body build up a resistance to the pollens. You can’t substitute heated honey, which is what you regularly will find in stores, it has been pasteurized, killing all the good bacteria and filtered, depleating it’s nutritional value. Raw honey is straight from the hive. It’s normally cloudy, partially crystalized and may contain wax. The darker the honey the higher the mineral and vitamin content.
2. Allergy Tincture
A few months ago I made a tincture out of stinging nettle, dandelion root and rose hips. I take 15 drops up to four times a day. For younger children give 1/2 to 3/4 the amount. Two great sources for dry bulk herbs are Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs. My Allergy Tincture recipe is at the end of this post.
3. Neti Pot
This is something that I never thought I would use but have come to love. It is a little “tea” pot has spout that use to pour a saline solution through one nostril and runs out the other. I mix 1/2 a teaspoon of salt (Real Salt or Celtic Salt or the preferred options) with warm water. I tilt my head to the side and slowly pour half the water/salt solution through one nostril and allow it flow out the other. Then I repeat the process tilting my head to the opposite side. It helps remove the dusts and pollens that get in your nose. Relieving you from that horrible irritation. Initially when using a neti pot you may feel a slight discomfort that goes away after a few uses. I use mine almost every day. I purchased mine from Azure Standard but you can might than at almost any health food store.
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This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday, Homemaker by Choice, Domestcily Devine,
Kelly, go for it they are wonderful!!
Paula, I forgot all about ACV! I should make my tincture with that some time.
Courtney- I used dried herbs in mine. I’m going to go back and fix my post right now.
Andrea- Sounds good, I’ll have to look into it!
Andrea (Andreas Kitchen)
The mesquite trees are in full bloom here in AZ and I don’t have any allergy symptoms at all unless I don’t take my Quercetin/Vitamin C capsules. I take 2 every morning no matter what time of year it is and a couple more in the afternoon if it is allergy season. The brand that I take is TwinLab.
If you are not familiar with Quercetin, it is a bioflavinoid that is made from things like onions and apples. TwinLab mixes it with vitamin C which works perfect for me.
Thanks so much for this post! I am going to make the tincture/glycerite for my husband. Can I use dried herbs for this recipe?
Don’t forget about raw apple cider vinegar. My husband’s allergies are usually awful but 1/2 tbsp twice a day and he is sneeze and sniffle free. (It may take up top 3 days to work if your allergies are really bad) We know it works because if he stops taking it after a few days he is sneezing so badly that he starts looking at Benadryl a little to lovingly.
Kelly @ The Nourishing Home
thank you so much for this wonderful post. my nose is running and I am sneezing – it’s that time of year again. I am going to put the neti pot on my next order. blessings, Kelly http://www.facebook.com/TheNourishingHome