3 Ways To Ease Springtime Sniffles
I don't know where you live, but where I live in the Pacific Northwest, winter never seems to end. It is rainy and grey with low hanging clouds for months and months on end. The first sign of spring- no matter how cold it is- brings everyone out in shorts, tee-shirts, and very pale legs.
That is... until our noses recognize the pollen in the air and before we know it, we are sneezing, watery eyed, irritable messes.
What causes this response?
Some people will say pollen, which is in part true, but the real culprit is histamine!
Histamine is a chemical released in the body in response substances your body deems an allergy. This can be pollen, cat dander, perfume, chemicals...
It is what is responsible for the itchy, watery eyes, and nasal congestion.
So... aside from antihistamines which have their dangers... what can we do to improve our symptoms?
1. Eliminate dairy: Milk protein, or casein, increases mucus production in most people and acts as an immune system irritant when allergies are present. Even if skin tests don't show a true allergy to milk, removing it from the diet often leads to improvement in such allergic conditions as asthma and eczema.
Dairy also is a high histamine food, so it actually can make any seasonal allergy symptoms worse.
2. Add quercetin to your daily supplementation. Quercetin naturally helps the body lower histamine, thus reducing allergy symptoms.
3. Try my favorite oil combo: Lavender, Lemon and peppermint essential oils. Peppermint is known to help with symptoms of high histamine. I make a blend with 10 drops each, then fill the roller bottle with carrier oil (avocado or olive oil), roll over my sinuses.
I noticed a HUGE difference in my seasonal allergies once I eliminated dairy. Now, I have occasional allergy symptoms that the oils work wonders for!
Have you tried these remedies?
What do you think?