Spring is my favorite season.
And today is the first day of spring, so I’ve got a list of lots of great things you can do to optimize your health during this time of renewal and awakening!
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…
Well 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.
(And, did you know that long-term antihistamine use isn’t that great for you anyway? It’s been correlated to increased risk of dementia in the elderly among other long term hazards.)
Instead, here are 7 things you can do RIGHT NOW
to decrease allergy symptoms this spring 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, you may want to go one step further and use a colloidal silver nasal spray like this one from Source Naturals.
Use for a two week period of time to help boost your immune response and prevent any sinus irritation from progressing into a full blown sinus infection.
Once your sinus inflammation has calmed down, go back to just gently irrigating your sinus cavity with sterile saline spray or the Neti pot and enjoy less sinus congestion and reactivity all season long!
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, as you can see in the picture above! 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!
4. Burn beeswax candles.
Every evening at dinnertime, I light a beeswax candle and let the natural scent of beeswax fill the air.
Not only is this an amazing, calming, lovely evening ritual, but breathing in the beeswax candle scent is another simple way to expose yourself to local seasonal pollen and become more resistant and less allergic to them.
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!
We love creating our own candles from local beeswax, but any pure beeswax candles will do.
Burning a locally sourced 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.
Grounding directly reduces the inflammation
in your body within minutes.
Direct contact with the earth can reduce or completely eliminate your nasal congestion and inflammation, and is an important way to combat your seasonal allergies.
Right at a time when you want to stay indoors to get away from outdoor triggers the most, it’s important to have an indoor way to stay connected to the earth and continue to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of grounding.
There are lots of options for indoor grounding, including grounding wrist straps, grounding socks, grounding mats, grounding hot water bottles, grounding mattress panels and more.
Find a complete selection of the grounding products I have personally tested and recommend most right here.
6. Anti-inflammatory supplements.
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.
Using supplements to decrease your body’s inflammation and overwhelm will help in the long run to decrease your allergy symptoms. My favorite three anti-inflammatory supplements are:
- Omega 3 fatty acids, well known to decrease whole body inflammation (like this Antarctic Krill Oil)
- Quercetin, a natural anti-histamine, this supplement stabilizes your mast cells and keeps your body from being so reactive to environmental triggers (like this formula Aller-C, with Vit C and Quercetin)
- Turmeric, which is a powerfully anti-inflammatory spice containing the active ingredient of curcumin (like this Curcumin supplement)
And if you are suffering from a resultant sinus infection, my favorite supplement to help break up the biofilm muscoal barrier and get it gone for good is:
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 hyper-vigilant 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.
This is typically a Root Chakra issue.
I run a Chakra Healing online health class and we start off in the very first week working directly on our root chakra, addressing this very thing!
Let me help you release old wounds and let go of safety triggers by joining my upcoming Chakra Healing class here.
Please use any or even ALL of these tools to help enjoy your springtime with less allergy symptoms than ever before.
Wash your hands more than ever, eat local honey and burn local beeswax candles, flush your sinus issues away with sterile saline or colloidal silver, start on anti-histamine Quercetin supplements and anti-inflammatory fish oil and turmeric supplements, and address underlying energetic issues — I’d love to help you in my chakra healing class!
You can have your best spring yet and it can start right now!
Leave me a comment below to let me know what worked best for you and any additional tips you’d like to share with others!
PS — Know what else I love to do in the spring?
Plan my summer garden!
Did you know that one of my most popular articles is actually my tutorial on how to grow seedlings in recycled containers?!?!?!
So, in honor of the beautiful spring weather that is upon us and thoughts of a summer full of gardening, I wanted to share my top 10 favorite gardening resources/tips I’ve blogged about over the years, starting with my #1 most popular Pinned article, recycled seedling containers:
- Eco-Friendly Organic Gardening Tutorial on using recycled containers as seed starters.
- My non-GMO, heirloom quality seed company of choice and exactly why you should avoid the seedlings offered at your nearby hardware store.
- Harvesting, drying and saving seeds from your garden for a free garden next year! The perk of using heirloom seeds is you can buy one packet of starter seeds and use the seeds from your harvest again, and again, and again… year after year after year… I’ll show you how!
- Using Rain Chains to collect rainwater for your plants…