Local Raw Honey
Eating a teaspoon of local raw honey during allergy season can reduce allergic symptoms. Honey contains very small amounts of the same pollen spores that cause symptoms. Additional tip: Add chopped raw turmeric to a container of raw honey, mix and let sit for a few weeks. The honey is then infused with the medicinal anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric.
Staying hydrated (8-10 cups daily) can help flush your system and help your body’s natural cleansing process. I also recommend taking an evening bath before bed to let the steam open your sinuses and wash allergens from your skin and hair.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many foods. It is an antioxidant which reduces the effects of inflammation and can reduce allergy symptoms. The best food sources are apples, citrus fruits, onions, parsley, red wine, and tea. You can also take Quercetin in supplement form.
Nettle is an amazing plant that has the ability to dispel toxins and bring relief from allergy symptoms. You can sauté the greens as you would spinach, add it to soups or casseroles or make it into a tea. Nettle also comes in a supplement form.
Neti pots are small teapot-shaped vessels that are used to flush the sinuses which can help reduce allergy symptoms. You can buy one for kids that is shaped like a large syringe. Make sure to use distilled water or water that has been boiled and then cooled.
Often people associate Spring with cleansing and cutting out many foods for a period of time. While I believe that this can be helpful for some, I also feel that many people can get substantial benefits from smaller dietary changes. Spring can be a time to increase leafy greens, fruits, whole grains, and water to help hydrate and flush our systems. Just moving in this direction will help your body leave winter behind and move towards a healthy Spring.
Reiki can help reduce stress and support your immune system.
I offer Reiki sessions in Florence, Massachusetts and Wellness Consultations both in person and by phone. To book a session or to get more information call (413) 210-7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.