I love Spring. Beautiful weather, all sorts of flowers and trees blooming, and pollen, beautiful pollen floating through the….. NO! Not allergy season again!!
Unfortunately, each spring my kids and I have an allergy flare up. Growing up, I was on just about every pharmaceutical under the sun in attempt to mananage my allergies and asthma. Now as a mom myself, thankfully I’ve found some effective & natural ways to treat them. First, let’s take a look at what allergies really are all about:
When you understand what’s happening during allergy attacks, treating them naturally seems like plain common sense. First, picture a grain of pollen — it looks something like a spiny sea urchin. Now imagine this prickly invader entering your nasal passages and latching onto soft mucous membranes. These mucous membranes line our bronchial and nasal passages and contain immune cells, called mast cells, which are loaded with histamines. Receptors sit on top of these mast cells, and when an allergen trigger — such as pollen, mold or pet dander — lands on top of the receptor, it alerts the mast cells, which respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals. The histamine initiates a series of reactions designed to help the body get rid of the intruder, including sneezing, watery eyes and itching. For some people, particularly those with asthma, this reaction may also include swelling in the bronchial tubes that makes it difficult to breathe.
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So now that we understand exactly what is happening to us, we can search out treatment options. Some obvious ways to prevent an allergy attack is to stay indoors when the pollen count is crazy high, wash hair & body thoroughly after playing/exercising outside, and to maintain a good rest and nutrition routine.
The next line of defense is a simple saline rinse with a Neti Pot. You’ve probably seen these all over recently, even though nasal irrigation is a very old practice. I like and use this particular brand because it is cost-effective, durable, and travels well. It also comes with 50 pre-measured saline packets, so there is no guess work involved.
A Neti pot simply helps the saline solution flow in one side of your nose and rinse the cavities out thoroughly of excess mucus, pollen and other irritants, such as dust and pet dander. A great practice to use all year round, this will absolutely make a huge difference for you and your kids during allergy season.
I recommend a rinse in the morning, after outdoor playtime, and before bed. Just make sure to completely clean out the Neti pot in between uses and allow to dry. Sharing one pot between family members is perfectly fine as long as these simple hygiene practices are followed.
So the Neti Pot helped you say, but you still have some troublesome symptoms? Time to break out my little miracle worker! A homeopathic supplement called Allercetin allergy & sinus.
Allercetin™ Allergy & Sinus is a Bio-Aligned Formula that utilizes natural homeopathic remedies for the treatment of allergies. Allercetin supports multiple body systems involved with hay fever: the respiratory system, sinuses, mucous membranes, histamine inhibition, immune desensitization, and cellular energy.Credit: Source Naturals
This stuff really works! In fact, it has been so effective for me, it is the ONLY supplement for allergies I regularly use!
The key to effectively managing allergies with a homeopathic supplement like this is to make sure you follow the instructions. Natural medicine is taken a bit differently than a standard medicine that is once a day.
Allercetin is taken again just 2-4 hours after the first dose and then as needed. I find it particularly helpful to take a dose (just one chewable tablet) before going outside to garden and then following it up 2 hours later, and then only as needed throughout the day. I usually only need those two doses!
I hope these two natural remedies make it possible for you and your kids to really get out there and enjoy nature instead of having to stay inside and feel miserable.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You can read all about that here. I am, however, a mom, person, and allergy sufferer on occasion. If your allergies get too out of control, please see a dr. While these natural supplements work great for me, I’ve even had to break out the Benadryl and even a nasal spray on occasion. So no judgement, ok?