Essential Oils · Health Facts

Natural Ways to Alleviate Seasonal Threats

 

Common seasonal threats symptoms include:

  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Excess mucus production
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Tickle/irritation in the ears
  • Decreased concentration and focus
  • Decreased decision-making
  • Exhaustion and sleep disorders
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Middle ear infections

Underlying Causes of Allergy Symptoms

  • Asthma
  • Stress
  • Food Allergies: especially dairy and wheat
  • Weak immune system
  • Deviated Septum
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Recent Trauma or Illness
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid for Allergy Relief:

  • Commercial dairy
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar
  • Processed Food
  • Sulfites & Sulfates

Foods to Enjoy During Allergy Season:

  1. Raw local honey
  2. Hot and spicy foods
  3. Bone broth
  4. Probiotic-rich foods
  5. Pineapple
  6. Apple cider vinegar
  7. Fresh organic vegetables
  8. Grass-fed meats
  9. Free-range poultry
  10. Wild-caught fish

I love the combination of supplemental bee pollen with 1-2 Tbs. per day of LOCAL honey.  Add honey to your hot nettle tea for added benefits!

Raw Local Honey works to relieve symptoms because it contains local pollen that is causing your allergies. A couple of tablespoons each day can relieve your itchy, watery eyes, congestion and the general symptoms of hay fever.

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Essential Oils – Diffusing doTERRA essential oils including doTERRA Breathe, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint oil helps to open up the nasal passages and lungs, improves circulation and relieves stress.  May also make a homemade vapor rub. Contact me for an essential oils consultation. If you’re interested in oils, also check out m Facebook page and my doTERRA website.

My FAVORITE combination to kick allergies to the curb are lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils in a capsule. 3 drops of each in a capsule, 3X per day.

Best Supplements for Allergy Symptoms (Click link to buy my recommended product through Amazon):

  1. Spirulina or Organic Greens Powder
  2. Quercetin
  3. Butterbur
  4. Probiotics
  5. Vitamin A
  6. Vitamn C
  7. Zinc
  8. Bromelain
  9. N Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
  10. Stinging Nettles: tea or supplement form

My favorite probiotic is Primal Defense because it contains soil-based organisms and Sac. B., which reduces possible candida overgrowth.

Spirulina — 1 teaspoon per day: Spirulina is one of the most researched supplements, and the results are promising. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, spirulina stops the release of histamine that causes symptoms.

The consumption of spirulina has been proven to significantly improve symptoms including nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Quercetin – 1000 milligrams per day: Research shows that quercetin, the flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables their rich color, stops the production and release of histamine. (19) Please note that quercetin may interfere with certain medications including antibiotics, cyclosporine and other medications changed by the liver.

Butterbur — 500 milligrams per day: Butterbur has traditionally been used to treat bronchitis, excess mucus and asthma. However, in a recent study of hay fever sufferers, it was found to be as effective as Zyrtec/Allegra. (21) However, young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take butterbur supplements.

Probiotics – 15-20  Billion (3-4 capsules) per day: Probiotics modify the intestinal flora in the gut and help boost the immune system, plus it shows promise in the treatment and prevention of allergies.

Vitamin A – 2,000 micrograms per day: Vitamin A boosts the immune system, fights inflammation and has antihistamine properties.

Bromelain – 1,000 milligrams per day: Bromelain the enzyme in pineapple helps to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses, helping to relieve hay fever symptoms.

Zinc – 30 milligrams per day: Zinc helps to heal adrenal fatigue caused by chronic stress. As mentioned above, stress worsens the symptoms of seasonal allergies and helps to regulate how your body stores histamine.

Stinging Nettle – 300-500 milligrams twice per day: Stinging nettle contains antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the body’s production of symptom causing histamine. If you are taking lithium, sedatives, Coumadin/Warfarin, medication for diabetes or high blood pressure, be aware that stinging nettle can cause adverse interactions with these medications.

Home Remedies for Allergies:

  • 1 tsp. baking soda in water stops itching immediately (also neutralizes acid for acid reflux!).
  • Neti Pot

Please contact me for a holistic nutrition, oils or supplement consultation. thevitalmama@gmail.com or (757) 753-6984.  Namaste!

 

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