Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Take Charge of Your Allergies

It’s here.  Allergy season in the San Luis Valley and along with spring comes “The Wind!“  Which only stirs up the dirt and blows any new sprouts everywhere. 

The other day, my allergies kicked my butt and then I learned about a few natural remedies to try without compromising my immune system.  In fact, these remedies build up your immune system.

 “Local” Honey-  It has to be locally from the area, otherwise how could it work?  I have been taking a tablespoon twice a day of my “local” honey and have been very much surprised.  My congestion and sneezing cleared up in about 4 days.  Even with the wind howling.  Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Commonly, honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. If you check the vitamin and mineral content in regular sugar from any other source, you will find it to be completely absent or insignificant. Plus honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines. How wrong can you go there?

Bee Pollen- This also has to be local.  It can be used along with the local honey.  Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. According to Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, he reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.

I thought I might have to get some of this, if my allergies continued.  But, just taking the honey alone proved effective enough. Check with your local health food store for your areas organically grown honey and bee pollen.

Stinging Nettles -  Stinging nettles offer a large amount of Vitamin C as well as iron, silica, potassium and manganese to ease your suffering.  While similar to the dandelion leaf, promoting the elimination of uric acid from joints with an alkalizing diuretic activity. A study conducted by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon found positive evidence of freeze-dried nettle leaf for treating hay fever, asthma, seasonal allergies, and hives. Australians have been using nettle for years as a treatment for asthma, but Americans didn’t catch on to this until about 1990.  Here are ingredients for a green smoothie that contains stinging nettles. 

    Sweet Allergy Aid
2 cups stinging nettles
1 cup spinach
2 apples
2 bananas
1 piece ginger (1-2 inches)
3 cups water

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If you try any of these remedies, let me know how it goes by posting below this article. 

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