Who has seasonal allergies! Me- I do! Current situation dictates I can’t get to the hospital for my weekly allergy shots. In case you are also feeling your spring allergies kick in, I thought you might benefit from the following suggestions…. These remedies are based on doctors recommendations, natural remedies, general wellness and more. This is for people who have multiple low level environmental allergies, and not life threatening or food related allergies. Please take what works for you and leave the rest. As always- if there is a concern- talk to your doctor.

The first thing to do is cut down your allergy load. If you have allergies, there is a rating (1-10) for how allergic you are to something. It is now known that your allergic load  (the accumulative affect of your multiple allergies) can have a similar affect as more significant ones.)   Here are ways that can help….

 

Make your bedroom an allergy free zone. You spend up to 1/3 of your life in your bedroom and if you can limit allergies there, it can give your body better rest. Depending on your allergies, you could

  • No zone for animals
  • Remove down bedding and replace with allergy free materials including coverings for pillows and mattress that can be washed. (And wash them frequently. Heat in dryer is good for the pillows)
  • Have hepa air filters going and keep bedroom windows closed
  • Remove anything extra that could encourage dust and mold- including bookcases, carpeting.

Reducing the load in the rest of the house:

  • Air filters (I especially like the Molekule)
  • Frequent vacuuming (with hepa filters)
  • Eliminating wall to wall carpeting
  • Cover everything (couches, chairs) and wash the coverings frequently
  • Reduce the number of things that gather dust.
  • Hiring someone else to do the dusting

Limit the number of “fragrances” you use in the house and use natural products instead

Note: An average adult is exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis.

  • “Fragrance” on labels can cover multiple of chemicals that don’t need to be individually listed. Even “unscented” can be misleading. Additionally, the EWG says “ fragrance formulas are considered to be among the top 5 known allergens, and can trigger asthma attacks. The top guilty are fragrances in cleaning products, scented candles, dryer sheets, dish washer detergent and air fresheners.

 

  • Using more natural products or natural essential oils means you cut down on indoor pollution – especially important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other chronic illness… Note: allergies to individual products can still occur, but provide less toxic load than unsafe checmicals.
  • And using essential oils makes the house smell great!

(To know if your products are considered safe, please go to the Environmental Working group and type in the product or ingredient list. (Note: some ingredients get a low grade due to lack of data… not proven safety record.) The Think Dirty App is another free app that rates your products…

Essential Oils that support seasonal wellness:

My favorite oils are peppermint, lemon and lavender. It is stimulating, relaxing.

Peppermint– stimulating

Lemon– bright and stimulating* not for your skin

Lavender– relaxing, calming

Modes of use are:

Inhaler stick– personal wellness straight to your sinus’s.

In shower– drop a few drops on the ground just after you step in (so don’t go down the drain)

Skin application– lavender or peppermint on your chest (rises to nose)

Diffuser: a few drops diffused in a large area

Steam bowl: Hot water in a bowl, towel to tent – up to eyes. Few drops of oil will be a QUICK, FAST, few drops. More concentrated steam than the shower or diffuser. Don’t let steam get in your eyes…

 

Other great essential oils you could use:

Eucalyptus (globulus)– note: excellent nasal decongestant but any of the eucalyptus family MAY trigger asthma. (And it may make asthma better too.)

Orange oil– good for sinus swelling- only citrus oil to use at night

Cedarwood– good alternative to eucalyptus (especially for under 9 YO)

Tea tree- anti fungal

Frankincense– good for night, exhaustion.

 

Essential Oil Recipe Ideas 

  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Eucaplyptus globulous
  • 5 drops Tea tree
  • 5 drops Orange oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops orange oil

Other Things that really help

Local honey! Ideally spring honey. It may even be anti-viral. Talk to your local beekkeeper….

Flonase (over the counter nose steroid) really helps lessen nasal swelling. It may limit you from needing as much antihistamine (which is still very helpful.) 

Breathe Right strips can be helpful for night time. 

NeilMed sinus rinse: Nasal lavage has  made a massive difference in my nasal passage. It has reduced my nasal drip, and regular use has really reduced my overall sinus swelling.  I now see stacks of these in my ENT’s office. (Initially, they had not mentioned thinking this was making a difference.) I linked the website, plus they can be found at Amazon and at pharmacies. 

Your Posture Makes a difference Too!

  Posture can help with sinus drainage (not specifically with allergies) Sinus’s are meant to drain and the position of your neck/head over your body will assist in ideal nasal drainage. Here is an Egoscue routine for improved head alignment to improve sinus drainage… This will help SO much more than just helping sinus’s. Maybe your headaches will improve… Click HERE for the routine…

 

Thank you for taking the time to find alternative solutions for seasonal wellness. If you have any questions, or would want to schedule a free consultation for either Egoscue postural alignment, or essential oils (done over Facetime or Skype) please feel free to reach out. I can be reached at racheldixon@comcast.net. www.theartofbeingwell.com

Thank you!

Rachel Dixon