After a long harsh winter, everyone has anticipated the arrival of spring. The trees start blooming, flowers buds poke their heads through the soil, and everyone’s favourite, the snow starts melting. Don’t get me wrong, I love the birth of new plants and animals, the warm breeze and rising temperatures and the freshness of a world coming alive, but what I don’t love is the pollen that is stirred up in the air, as I begin my annual battle with allergies. It is estimated that over 35 million people suffer with mild allergies like seasonal allergic rhinitis (aka hay fever). If it was a club, DS6 and I would be president!
Symptoms and severity for allergies can vary from person to person. My son and I have both had the ‘Prick’ test from our allgerist to alert us to the fact that we are highly allergic to trees, mold, spors, pollen, grass and just about everything GREEN and LIVING in the world! Our normal round to treatment is to take allergy pills daily. This is what normally happens: Wake up, pop a pill, then start my day. Around 10 am, my eyes begin to water, then my nose follows suit. By noon, my eyes are red and puffy. Afternoon brings about sneezing fits (if three sneezes in a row is considered lucky, then I am the luckiest girl in the world!) and itchy eyes. By bedtime, I am exhausted, tried of telling everyone “its just allergies!” and ready for bed. The good news is this continues until the extreme hot weather, goes away for two weeks and comes back in time for ragweed season!
This year, I am determined to leave the pills in the bottle and attempt a new way to combat the symptoms of allergies naturally and EFFECTIVELY!
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Here is my allergy symptom and my natural plan of attack:
1. Sinus Congestion & Eucalyptus 100% Essential Oil
One of the symptoms that bothers me most during allergy season is sinus congestion. My nose is stuffed, there is pressure behind and round my eyes, and my head feels cloudy and full. To combat sinus congestion, I’m going to treat myself to a steam facial with Puritan Pride’s Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus is known for its traditional uses for respiratory and nasal health. The powerfully woody, slightly sweet scent will relax your air ways and refresh your mind.
2. Itchy, irritated nose & the Neti Pot
The Puritan Pride’s neti pot is a plastic ‘teapot’ that allows you to gently wash dust, pollen and other irritants out of your nasal passage way. Simple add warm water, salt and mix. Pour the mixture in one nostril while tilting your head. The object to to have the mixture flush through your nasal cavity and exit the other nostril. Not only does it sooth irritated passage ways but it removes excess mucus and opens blocked nasal passages way. It takes a little getting use to, to achieve the correct head positioning and the sensation of the water traveling through your nasal passage ways, but trust me the results are fast acting!
3. Sneezing & Sinu Orega Nasal Spray
Sneezing is your body’s way to rid a foreign object from your body. During allergy season, this foreign object is pollen. Sneezing, especially over and over again, can cause you to feel tired and drained. One of the way that I’m combating sneezing this year is with Puritan Pride’s Sinu-Orega Nasal Spray. This natural nasal wash made up of pure sea salt in a spring water bases and a mixture of potent spice extracts. One of the most potent spice included is oregano. Oregano is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic characteristics. Washing and calming the nasal membranes and sinuses will provide a lot more relief and a lot less sneezing. Warning, this product does sting the first few times you use it, but the effects make it worth it.
4. Asthma & Clear Lungs
Whenever DS6’s allergies flare up or he has a cold, he begins wheezing. His breathing sounds raspy, his chest sounds likes its full of rice krispies and he is exhausted. If asthma or breathing problems affects you during allergy season, I recommend Puritan Pride’s ClearLungs. ClearLungs is an all natural Chinese herbal formula designed to improve lung function by providing your lungs with the nutrients and vitamins it requires to work optimally. Some of the herbs included are Hoelen, Dong Quai, Ophiopogon, Scute, Platycodon, Citrus Morus Root, Fritillary, Asparagus, Almonds, Gardenia, Shizandra, and Licorice. The herbs range in function from clearing congestion, to moistening the lung lining and suppressing coughs.
5. All Symptoms & Breathe Easy Tea
Whether is itchy eyes, constant coughing or sneezing marathons, allergies take a lot out of a person. It’s like being sick without the body aches and the contagious part! Made with organic licorice root, Puritan Pride’s Breathe Easy is whirl of flavours. The cooling, slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste will relax your body and allow you to breath easy!
This year, I am welcoming Spring with open arms!
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