Natural Tips for Allergy Relief

 

allergy, yogaGesundheidt! Allergy season is here! Tree pollen effects many in the spring and grass pollen is out in late spring and summer.  
Stress burdens the immune system and even small amounts of stress can increase allergy-triggering proteins in the body that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. So taking steps to diminish daily stress can help reduce allergies as well as enhancing overall health. Get adequate sleep as well as routine exercise. Enjoy a healthy, balanced diet. Look for ways to cut unnecessary stress from your life. Do you allow time for relaxation and creativity? Do you have healthy relationships or ones that cause stress? Allowing yourself time for relaxation while experiencing allergy symptoms causes the immune system to back off, often decreasing inflammation and mucous.

The following are some more natural ways to boost the immune system, support digestion, and decrease toxic overload:
     1) Breathing excersises (Pranayama)

     2) Take a Remedy

  • Try trikatu (an Ayurvedic formula of dried peppers) Dose: 1-2 tablets one to three times a day or mix 1/4 teaspoon of trikatu with 1 tsp honey in the morning followed by sips of hot water.
  • Try Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), an effective natural antihistamine that can reduce itchings and sneezing. Dose: 300- 350 mg of stinging nettle extract capsules one to three times daily. Or try drinking 2-3 cups of nettle tea each day.

    3) Increase Circulation 

  • Try a dry-brush massage each morning. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system just under the skin, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Below is a video to show how to dry brush.
  • Enjoy a gentle yoga practice to increase circulation as well as help you unwind and allow for relaxation.

    7) Try Essential Oils in a diffuser, as a steam or as a balm. 

  • Eucalyptus can help open airways and reduce inflammation.
  • Rosemary, (slightly milder than eucalyptus), also opens the airways and reduces inflammation and may be more appropriate for children.
  • Peppermint helps open nasal passages and can aid headache pain.
  • Lavender is a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and is known for calming effects.
  • Clove oil is an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.