It turns spring this week, baby!!!
And for many folks the first thing that comes to their mind during spring isn’t beaches and bare feet and picking fresh strawberries and bumble bees and gardening and sunshine… it’s allergies.
Well poop. That stinks. But I’ve got your back.
Because I don’t want you to drug up on antihistamines and watch your lovely spring season go by in a blur of grogginess.
Here is what you are going to do to help establish your own equilibrium without the Rx…
1. Wash your hands like it’s going out of style.
Every single time you touch a door knob, your car door, your shoes, and hand railing… well, in the spring time, you can be sure you just loaded your hands up with pollen.
Innocently scratch your nose or rub your eyes and you just inoculated yourself with the stuff.
Wash your hand every single time you can, and especially when you come in from being outside, even if it was only to walk from your car to your front door.
2. Keep your sinuses open.
Many many folks swear by flushing their sinuses out with saline. Even just misting your nasal membranes with a sterile saline nasal mist will keep them hydrated and cleansed… just mist thoroughly and then blow your nose to blow it all out!
You can find a sterile saline nasal spray at any drug store.
If you feel the congestion and pressure building, I don’t recommend long term use of Afrin but just for an individual singular use at a time, when your nasal passages are completely swollen shut, I would recommend using a topical application of Afrin spray (diluted out 1:1 with sterile saline) over taking a systemic antihistamine. This will help topically to calm your nose down, open up your sinuses, and prevent sinus infection, without the systemic grogginess that antihistamines offer and without the stimulant effects of many systemic decongestants.
Don’t use Afrin for several days in a row. Just use once to open up your membranes and then use a sterile saline spray to clean out your nasal cavity and do these other tricks as well…
3. Local honey.
Consuming local honey is the equivalent of getting allergy shots but without going to the doctor, without the expense, and without sticking metal into your skin. Who needs that?
By taking some locally produced honey each day, you are giving yourself a very small exposure to the local flowering plants that grow in your area and give you your seasonal allergies.
It’s the same principle that allergy shots use, but you are letting the honey bees do the work of gathering pollen from around your area and creating delicious honey out of it for you to enjoy.
I’ve got a great way for you to take your honey, if you like hard candy.
Just boil a cup of honey over medium heat until it reaches the hard crack stage (375 degrees F — you’ll need a candy thermometer to measure this) and then pour into a cookie tray that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil.
Once the honey hardens, you can flip the sheet over and remove the hard candy, and break it into small bite sized pieces.
Suck on a honey candy a day and you’ll not only be in heaven taste-wise, but you’ll be reducing the severity of your seasonal allergies naturally.
One fun way I did this was to pour the heated honey into lollipop molds and create lollipops out of them!
I enjoy eating them straight, giving them to my kids to help prevent allergies their allergies as well, and also using the honey lollipops as a tea stirrer, naturally sweetening my tea with the honey pop as I stir. YUM!
If you live anywhere near Charleston, SC I highly recommend you check out Bee City for your local honey needs.
Located in the middle of nowhere in Cottageville, SC, we LOVE making an annual trip out to this unique petting zoo and bee farm to see all the animals, feed them, and stock up on our beeswax and honey. You’ll see why I need all that beeswax in tip #4…
Just some of the fun things you can see and touch (or not…) when you visit Bee City!
4. Burn beeswax candles.
Every night before bedtime, I light a beeswax candle and let the natural scent of beeswax fill the air.
Not only is this an amazing, calming, lovely nighttime ritual, but breathing in the beeswax candle scent all night long is another simple way to exposure yourself to local seasonal pollen and become more resistant and less allergic to them.
We love creating our own candles from local beeswax, but any pure beeswax candles will do. Just like with the honey, the bees have done all the work of finding pollen sources from all around the area in your part of the world and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the glow!
Burning a beeswax candle by your beside (extinguish before going to sleep!) and sleeping all night in that room is a very simple way to desensitize yourself to seasonal allergies.
Yes, this requires going outside, which might feel like your nemesis… but as I mentioned in the First Magazine article, write about often in my MaryJanes Farm health column, speak about on local news and television, on the internet (like on FOX News) and in the movie The Grounded… the over all reduction of inflammation in your body after just 10 minutes of direct contact with the earth will reduce or completely eliminate your nasal congestion and inflammation, and is an important way to combat your seasonal allergies.
So kick off your shoes when you are out there and let your feet do your healing.
The thing with allergies is that they are worse when your entire body is hyperstimulated and over worked.
When your cup is already full, it only takes a few drops of water to get it to overflow and spill.
When your body is full of toxins from the environment, diet, and lifestyle, it only takes a few specks of pollen to kick your immune system into over-reacting.
Detoxing early each spring is a great way to remove anything that is irritating your body and give it a fresh slate for the start of the season. My favorite detox of all time is my super simple, super easy 5 day detox.
In just 5 short days, your body will have mobilized toxins and reset your pH… and right now I have this fabulous program on 30% sale in my shop for this week only!
Normally $27, it is only $19 through the end of this week. Get your detox kit sent to you today and start spring on the best foot possible.
7. Address the underlying energy of allergies… safety issues.
Allergies are your body’s way of being hyper vigilant and on alert.
Your body feels like it’s doing it’s best for you… reacting to foreign stimulus and trying to get rid of it through sneezing and mucous and watery eyes.
The problem is that your body is reacting to something that isn’t a danger… it is “over” reacting… being triggered by something that is normally not a problem and not worth reacting to.
So the bottom line for your body is that it is in hypervigilant mode… patrolling and on alert when it doesn’t need to be.
It is overly concerned for your safety. If you can address your fears and safety concerns appropriately, your body will not need to be in hypersensitive mode and will not feel the need to over-patrol.
Check out this video I created (many many years ago!) on seasonal allergies and how you can help lift the seriousness that your body is stuck in and lift the hyper reactive state all together.
Want individual counseling on *why* these allergies may have arisen for you and what you can do to relieve them? Contact me here for a private consultation.