Thursday, February 25, 2016

Five Things to do for Allergy Season

I don’t know about you but I hate allergy season. I feel like we have a couple seasons of it here in Texas. There is nothing worse than getting a sinus infection that lingers on for what feels like forever or a sinus headache. Luckily, for me, it only happens maybe once a year. But I know for some people it’s a revolving door, and they just keep coming back. And as we all know, allergy season is fast approaching. We even noticed the other day on our walk that the pine trees are getting ready to unleash fury. You know the unavoidable yellow pollen that adheres to everything in its way, and not in its way? Yes, that fury.

It’s hard to say, I think, truly how to avoid the sinus headaches/infections, and the yellow pollen. However, I will share some methods that help me defeat the pestering sinus funk. I’ve already started preparations by taking a single dose of Texas Airborne Allergen Formula, with a side of a Bella’s mandarin every day. I started early, for once, because I have been walking at Town Green/Waterway Square quite often lately. Grab a bag of Bella’s mandarins next time you’re at H.E.B Central Market.

Gear up and get ready because, it’s inevitable, the yellow nuisance is coming. The following list is the regimen of remedies I tend to use. Hope this helps.

1. Texas Airborne Allergen Formula by Texas Labs, LLC - The Health Market, 427 Sawdust Rd, Spring, Texas 77380.
2. Wellness Formula by Source Naturals - The Health Market, 427 Sawdust Rd. Spring, Texas 77380.
3. Gurgle with warm salt water (oldest trick in the book!).
4. If you own one, use a neti pot. I personally rinse my sinuses the way my grandmother does it still to this day, old school style; Cup of lukewarm water, a dash of salt or so, pinch of baking soda, Get a spoon, tip head to side (over sink), up the nostril it goes, out the other it comes. Do that a couple times in each nostril.
5. Wash hands frequently,

Here is a small list of some *essential oils that I use or can be useful:

1.  Eucalyptus – I use this with peppermint oil in the shower; Get your shower to steam, add a couple drops of each, get in (please don’t burn yourself with hot water) and inhale. You can also use eucalyptus as a chest rub, drop a couple drops in some oil i.e. almond, jojoba oil and rub on chest. It’s a natural decongestant and expectorant.

2.  Peppermint – I  just unscrew and inhale peppermint oil anytime I have a headache, sinus or not. Peppermint is also good for congestion, sinus problems, and headaches.

3. Tea tree oil – I don’t tend to use this for anything but bug bites, however, tea tree oil is a natural expectorant and can be used for bronchial congestion. I would try other oils first but tea tree oil is one of the most common household oils people have.

4.  Lavender – Another common household oil people tend to have around. Most people associate it with sleeping. It does help calm the senses of the body, but it also helps with the function of the immune system. And, it has anti-inflammatory properties (keep in kitchen and immediately put on minor burns).

5. Hyssop – I don’t personally use but if you have it, it is a respiratory system stimulate and helps clear lungs of congestion

There are loads more of *essential oils that help with symptoms of sinus headaches/infections. Those are just a few that I use or are helpful. I recommend purchasing "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. It is always helpful to have this book to refer to. 

*Do not use essential oils internally. For external use only. Always read directions first.

Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. 4th ed. New York: Penguin Grounp, 2006. Print.

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