Last month marked my 1-YEAR recovery from over-the-counter allergy medication.
For the past 12 years I have suffered from severe allergies, year round. Sneezing, wheezing, itchy throat and eyes, and a general sense of not being able to breathe was a part of my everyday life. I surrendered to what my doctors prescribed for me to find relief — prescription and over-the-counter allergy medication. I tried a variety. I took allergy medication daily.. for 12 years! And last Spring, when my symptoms were the highest I was taking Claritin-D and a nasal steroid. I was out of it, foggy, unaware, floaty and miserable.
I began Yoga Yoga Teacher Training in June of that same year and learn about Jala Neti better known as nasal irrigation or neti pot. The owner of Yoga Yoga even gave us a demonstration of how to use a Neti pot (surprisingly, this is the 2nd neti pot demonstration I have been witness to). And after an anatomy lecture one day I talked to the instructor about the foggy side effects from my allergy medication I had been experiencing. It was an enlightening conversation that led me to kick my allergy medication habit out of concern for what I was allowing in as I forced my body to open up with medication.
I returned home, bought a neti pot, saline packets, and distilled water. I began a daily routine of clearing out my nasal passages. I would wake up stuffed up and unable to breath and within minutes of using my neti pot I was breathing easy again!
I also added raw local honey into my diet. I found awesome honey at the local Farmers Market from Apple Country Orchards, home-grown in Idalou, Texas!
Check out this article regarding Honey for Allergies!
These simple, inexpensive, subtle, and natural remedies have made a huge difference in my quality of life during allergy season. I am symptom free and feeling alive & aware.