I just got back from an appointment with my acupuncturist. I have a raging cold, which I had originally thought might be my allergies returning. Nope, it’s a cold.
Now is allergy season, at least here in Florida, no doubt about it. Since my miserable allergy symptoms cleared up using natural methods before, I thought I’d pass along to you some effective ways to handle seasonal allergies without resorting to harsh medicines like Benadryl and Claritin.
Acupuncture – Just had to plug this. A trained, licensed acupuncturist can help you with so many things, including all manner of allergies.
Rinse with a neti pot – This is a little pot you fill with a saline solution and pour into one nostril while letting it drain out the other. It rinses out irritants and reduces inflammation. I tried a saline rinse from the drugstore once, and I couldn’t stand trying to stick the plastic jug applicator up my nose. But a real neti pot may just be the trick. I hear it’s super effective once you get the hang of how to do the rinse.
Herbal concoctions – I got Aller Res Q from my acupuncturist (who is also an herbalist) when I was nursing and couldn’t take a regular antihistamine (because it dries up your milk supply). This worked like a dream.
Keep pollen out of your house – When I first started getting allergy symptoms, I also noticed the yellow pollen collecting on our windowsills after we’d had the windows open. Now I know that it can also come in the house on my footwear, clothing, and even hair. (Just one more reason to put those cute Beanie Designs hats on your kids when you send them outside to play, right?)
Heartspring.net contains a few other items that can help lessen symptoms, too. The first recommendation is to drink more water. This seems to be par for just about every ailment, right? But did you ever feel like if you drink anymore water, it’s going to start coming out your ears? In fact, I was told by a natural medicine practitioner in Japan that I drink TOO MUCH water. But that’s for another post…