Allergy Relief! My All-time, Favorite “Home Remedy”

Allergy Relief! My All-time, Favorite “Home Remedy”

so You’ve enjoyed the winter season with the crisp, clean air it brings. Or maybe, it’s recently been summer, and you’ve been feeling just great. With the long, warm days, you’ve been healthy and avoided any colds or flu.Your breath has been easy, and your head feels light as you’ve been going through your days. 

Out of nowhere, one morning is different. You awaken to find yourself with a heavy head. Foggy-brained, you make your way to the restroom, and notice dark circles under your eyes, and see they are red and puffy. Itchy too, you observe with annoyance.

As you make your way through this irritating fog, your brain kicks in and you start analyzing the problem. “Why do I feel so bad?” you ask yourself as you go through the list of possibilities. All you want is to clear your head so you can think!

Then the unwelcome realization hits you. Oh no! I remember this. It’s allergy season….. again!

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According to the Center for Disease Control, over 19 million adults were diagnosed with hay fever in the United States (2018).2 These are just the cases reported by medical doctors.

Estimates show as many as 10-30% of adults, and 40% of children, suffer from hay fever and seasonal allergies in the US today.3

If allergy season affect YOU, then read on for my All-time Favorite, #1Tip for allergy relief you can do at home. It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s often the most overlooked, simple solution to soothing those pesky, irritating, and sometimes even debilitating allergy symptoms. As you may have already guessed, yes, it’s water. Plain, ole H2O! Surprise!

“How in the world will water help my allergies?

If you asked this, I’m glad you did! There are three important, simple-to-accomplish ways that water, the blessed liquid of life, can offer relief to those annoying allergy symptoms. They work by reducing allergens.

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Artist rendition of close up pollen particles

“Tiny, spikey tumbleweeds.” That’s how my own allergy specialist described pollen to me. Yuck!

These little guys are designed to stick in order to fulfill their function of pollination.

They remind me of those irritating weeds that stick to your socks and are so hard to get out!

Just imagine them sticking all over your hair, eyelashes, pets, and clothes every time you go outside.

During pollen season, the air is thick with pollen. For allergy sufferers, this is a real problem. Fortunately, these three, easy-to-do, home remedies using just water can often provide amazing relief and comfort

Three Easy Tips to Soothe Allergy Symptoms…. with WATER!

1-Wash away allergens!

Make your bedroom an allergy-free zone. Create a simple habit before bedtime to keep your pillow and covers free of the dust and pollens that stick to you during the day. This provides relief so the body can reset, and take a break from these external allergens! Consider making your entire living space allergy free.

-Keep pollen-laden clothing away from other clothes and your bed! Change into fresh evening wear or PJs.

-Wash your face with a mild soap and rinse well. Baby shampoo is a non-stinging way to wash eyelashes.

-Wipe off your hair with a clean, damp washcloth. It helps! (Remember your pet, if it sleeps with you.

-Rinse out your eyes & nose, if allergies are bad. Simple saline is the best. (If you use a Neti pot, be very careful to use correctly, as the sinus cavity connects to the inner ear, which could be at risk for infection.4)

2- Stay hydrated!

-Drink plenty of water to help thin mucus secretions. This makes it easier for the respiratory system to expel allergens. Drink enough for your body type and needs, but don’t enthusiastically overload your system!

-Hydration is known to have a positive effect on histamine levels, and actually promotes allergy relief.

-Be sure your water is good quality. Purify city water to remove chlorine and particulates that can add to the detoxification work of the Liver System and contribute to allergy problems overall.

3- Humidify!!!

-This is my FAVORITE tip! The comfort of a simple humidifier in the bedroom can bring huge relief! I like the white noise, but the soothing water vapor not only softens dry nasal passages and dry eyes, the water droplets in the air actually knocks down those pesky pollens and dust particles, removing them from the air!

I’m always surprised that just walking into my humidified bedroom makes me so feel great!

-Be sure to change the filter and keep your humidifier clean. There are many options out there, but even the simplest evaporative model makes a huge difference, especially if you life in a dry climate, or have the heater going inside. In damp climates, don’t humidify. Instead, check air quality, and potential mold sources, and consider a bedroom air filter or ionizer.

By taking action during allergy season with these three, simple tips, you can use our most abundant resource, water, to bring comfort and relief from seasonal allergies. This may reduce your needs for medications, or even improve their effectiveness.

 Of course this is a first line of defense. Diet, heredity, and environment all play a part in allergy patterns. .Allergy symptoms are often similar to signs of cold virus or flu coming on. Watch for yellow, green, or red-tinged discharge from eyes, nose, or coughing, as these may indicate an infection which requires medical care.

PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ADVISE if you experience shortness of breath or urgent or ongoing symptoms!

NOTE: If you suffer from chronic allergies, and are seeking further relief, please contact me for a free consultation to discuss how Natural Life Energy Therapy may be of help to you.

All Blessings and Love,

Jeannie Arunimā ♡

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Additional Resources

Four Factors of Allergies https://acaai.org/news/what-four-factors-influence-severity-allergy-season

Oriental Medical view https://www.bustle.com/p/8-ways-to-treat-allergies-according-to-eastern-medicine-9493666

Local Pollen Forecast https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/73344?dnsz=1

About humidifiers https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/humidity-humidifiers#types-of-humidifiers

Footnotes

1https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/allergies.htm (hayfever stats)

2https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343 (more good hay fever info)

3https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/statistics#:~:text=Allergic%20rhinitis%20(hay%20fever)%20affects,and%20this%20number%20is%20increasing. (even more good hay fever info)

4https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249460#what-is-a-neti-pot (best practice for Neti Pots.)

Honor the Stomach, Taste the Divine

Honor the Stomach, Taste the Divine

Healthy hunger is key to delicious taste and revitalized energy!

The guacamole exploded in my mouth, with flavor so unexpectedly exquisite, my eyes rolled shut to savor it’s delectable palate. The creamy comfort of a perfectly ripe avocado. A hint of tomato’s sweetness. The savory warmth, and spicy tang of green chili, garlic, and lime. And, the palpable satisfaction from the just-right amount of sea salt. Ah! Wow!

I marveled. What caused this rare moment of salivary delight? I reflected.

Hunger. Honest, healthy hunger of the stomach. Indeed, in the recent months I’d been working on increasing my stomach chi and vitality in order to increase my depleted energy. Day in and day out, for months searching for the just-right diet to satisfy the mind, body, and season. I “knew” so much, but what was I missing? 

For the past few months I’d wrestled with competing interests of a wanna-be vegetarian’s energy needs and weight loss promises from the meat-heavy, Paleo perspective. I was so caught up in meat vs. no-meat, that I lost sight of my stomach’s whispers, and fed it what I thought was best, including the “right” animal-based protein and gluten free, whole grains. Even so, it (and I) became sluggish, dull, tired.

In springtime, my stomach had been whispering, “Plants! Plant food! Plants! Eat gentle plants! You don’t need grains and so much meat!”  But my stubborn mental stance thought otherwise, citing research for whole grains, lean meats, moderate dairy.

I’d forgotten to tune in to the divine knowing, the natural desire of the stomach!

My diet had been “perfect,” according to what is “known,” however, my stomach was too tired to digest it. Without even realizing it, I’d lost my sense of real sense of hunger and apatite, along with that exquisite explosion of ecstatic tastiness when the stomach truly welcomes and relishes the right foods!

Finally, in an epiphany of surrender to trying anything, I changed my mind and gave up the knowledge-only based diet. I gave my stomach a literal break. I let go of grains and meat proportions I’d faithfully eaten over the winter. I began listening to the whisperings of the stomach, and began eating mostly plants. Bowls of gently cooked veggies. The right fats, fibers, and protein portions for my body at the time. It only took a few days.

After less that a week of this new plant-mostly eating, life changed. Because I started listening to the whispering wisdom of my own body, my energy “mysteriously” started rising.

I awoke earlier each day, full of life, and ready to go!

 One particular night, I popped an entire head of cauliflower into my Instant Pot, and soon sat down for dinner- no grains, only a very small portion of perfectly steamed chicken, and a major bowl full of veggies topped with a drizzle of olive oil, nutritional yeast, and sea salt. And, yes, added a fresh spoonful of New Mexican guacamole to top the chicken.

My stomach was literally growling, in a rumbly, Winnie-the-Pooh-happy kind of way, that I’d not felt in recent memory. Then it happened. The guacamole exploded in my mouth, with flavor so unexpectedly exquisite, my eyes rolled shut to savor it’s delectable palate. Ah. A taste of the divine!

Are we listening to the wisdom of our own bodies, even though it may only be a whisper? Or just the shouting of our minds?

And here’s “food for thought” (heh heh, sorry, couldn’t resist!)- Just as a healthy stomach hunger opens our ability to relish exquisite flavors, so too the hunger of our soul creates an opening for us to taste the ecstasy of Divine Love. Does this ring true for you?

All Blessings & Love,

Jeannie Arunimā  ♡

 P.S. If you or a loved one struggles with chronic digestive problems, please consider an intuitive reading with Energy Therapy or Wellness Coaching to address the underlying causes and add more self-help strategies to empower your healing! Please contact me for more information!

 

P.S. Does your digestive system need a boost? Nirmana Healing can help. Contact us to schedule a free, 15 minute consult to find out how. Happy eating!