Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergiessam
Tree, grass, mold and weed pollen levels have been high this year affecting millions of Americans with allergies. Sneezes and sniffles shouldn’t compromise the enjoyment of spring time and outdoor activities! ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Kristen Bobik shares these tips to manage season allergies:
- Stimulate the Acupuncture point that controls the entire face and head. It’s called “Large Intestine 4” and it’s located in the lump of skin on the hand between the thumb and first finger. Rub this point with moderate pressure for 30 seconds, break for 30 seconds and repeat several times. This process will relieve swelling and sinusitis.
- Acupuncture is a great way to decrease symptoms and treat the causes associated with health problems. This practice of Chinese Medicine focuses on the balance between energy pathways. Sinus congestion or allergy symptoms indicate a stagnation of the flow of energy in one or more of the major pathways. The period of time during the transition of seasons is considered a “weak point” for bodily health in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which means it’s also the best time to get treatment.
- Take an herbal steam bath to relieve sinus congestion. First boil 8 cups distilled water in a large pot and then transfer to a large glass bowl. Add eight drops of Eucalyptus Oil which is readily available at any health food store. Sit in front of the bowl with a towel over head and position the face a safe distance from the water. The steam will become trapped, making it easier to breathe in the eucalyptus vapors. Every few minutes, take a break to blow nose as sinuses open. Stop the process once the water has cooled, and repeat daily until allergy symptoms resolve.
- Place a dot of eucalyptus oil just under the nose and breathe deeply. This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and decongesting properties! Repeat several times throughout the day for allergy symptom relief.
- Using a Neti Pot daily may decrease symptoms. This nasal irrigating device flushes mucus and debris from the nose and is readily available at any health food store.
- Avoid sugar, dairy & carbs when you’re symptomatic. Products such as pasta and bread assist the body in forming mucus, so avoid them at all costs!
- Drink plenty of water. It helps flush away toxins and excess waste, including mucus. To find out how many ounces of water to consume each day, see the post on the “Hydration Calculation.”
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