I originally posted 5 Simple Steps for Natural Allergy Relief in the March, but allergies are not just relegated to the spring. Late summer/early fall allergy season is upon us. I’ve heard people everywhere complain of colds and sinus infections. It’s probably not a cold. You are probably allergic to ragweed. Grass and weed pollen is very high this time of year. If left untreated, you could develop a sinus infection. It doesn’t have to be this way!
I had a chronic sinus condition, which I chronicled in My Journey Toward Holistic Health: A Story of Relief from Chronic Pain. These are the steps I have used faithfully to keep myself healthy and pain-free during allergy season. I’ve even added a 6th step, too, that was inspired by an appointment with my naturopath today! So, even if you read this back in March, refresh your memory and definitely check out Step 6!
6 Simple Steps for Natural Allergy Relief
- Eliminate Dairy – As chronicled yesterday, this changed my life. The relief from mucus build up and sinus pressure was almost immediate. Cheese does not bother me so much (thank God!), but I can only have yogurt and milk very sparingly.
- Use a Neti Pot – Another life saver. At the first sniffle or sign of post nasal drip, I start with the neti pot. Please try it. I know it sounds weird and icky but it’s really not. It’s quite relaxing and refreshing. When I start the neti pot early, I NEVER develop an infection. We have been able to beat back infections without antibiotic with the neti pot, too. Use distilled or boiled water because we just don’t know what’s in our tap water. I recommend the Himalayan Institute Neti Pot and salt. The glaze on the neti pot is lead-free and the salt has no anti-caking agents or additives. You can also buy a Himalayan Institute Neti Pot Starter Kit that includes an essential oil blend. (These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from purchases made through these links. Help support The Wellness Wife!)
- Gargle with Salt Water – Mix 1/8 tsp salt (you can use regular sea salt in this instance) with a 1/2 cup of tap water and gargle. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and reported in the New York Times reported an almost 40% reduction in cases of upper respiratory infection in those who gargled three times a day.
- Take an Immune Support Supplement – When my immune system is compromised, I take a potent Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea blend. For everyday immune support, I take an antioxidant blend which includes Vitamins A, C, and E and grape seed extract. I also take a probiotic daily. To find out more information on the brand I prefer, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Seek Chiropractic Care – If these methods don’t work or you have an extreme case of sinusitis, try chiropractic care. It helped relieve pressure on nerves related to my sinuses. My allergies, sinus pressure, and migraines have significantly improved since starting chiropractic care over ten years ago.
- Visit a Naturopath – These steps work 100% of the time for me. But, severe allergies may be a side effect of an imbalance elsewhere. Visit a naturopath who can determine the root cause of your extreme sensitivities to allergens. Visit the Hampton Roads or Online Wellness Business Directory for contact information for my naturopath. She does phone consultations, so you can contact her no matter where you are. Check back on Monday for my full post on naturopathy.
Bookmark this page. Pin it on Pinterest. Print it out. Do what you have to do to remember these steps for relief this allergy season. You won’t be sorry. It will be your easiest allergy season ever. And, even if you don’t have fall allergies, you’ll probably need this again in the spring…
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