As a previous allergy sufferer I spent over the past decade searching for the allergy cure all.
Aaaaand, I have determined that there isn’t one..
However, through a crafted combination of natural, herbal, and Ayurvedic treatments — I can truthfully say that I am no longer suffering from allergies. woot!
I wrote about the miracle honey for allergies last summer and am now expanding upon the list of treatments:
1. Get a Neti Pot… and use it
(or a NasoPure as pictured above) Jala Neti known as Nasal Purification or Nasal Irrigation might be an uncomfortable or unfamiliar experience at first — not to worry, that will subside when you find that you can breathe again. Use store bought or home-made solution for your Neti Pot along with DISTILLED water once in the morning and once at night as needed. This purification helps remove congestion and allergens that are irritating the nasal passages or the sinuses. After nasal cleansing, remember to gently blow your nose without plugging either side to avoid pushing fluid into your ear canals which can cause an earache.
2. Consume Local Honey
Drink it, eat it, lick it — do whatever you want with it, just get it in your system. (However, if you are following an Ayurvedic system do not heat or cook with honey. If drinking honey with warm tea, add it in last just before consumption.) Honey local and native to your region will most effectively add pollen, which you are allergic to, into your system. Over time, your body will slowly build up tolerance to the allergen, and withstand your past allergic reaction.
3. Humidify your Home
Your hair and plants will love you for this as well. Congestion and inability to breathe can be alleviated with simply adding moisture into your environment, especially if you live in a dry climate. I can happily say that my home is a constant 65% humidity with the help of my Kenmore Console Humidifier for Large Areas!
You can buy Ortho Molecular D-Hist at a natural grocer or online. “Natural D-Hist utilizes carefully selected natural components to provide optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways.”
5. MAPI Aller-Defense
You can order Aller-Defense from Maharishi Ayurveda Products International (MAPI) online or through herbal vendors such as the Whole Journey Shop in Lubbock, Texas. MAPI Aller-Defense “supports your body’s natural immunity to allergens by helping to eliminate existing toxins. At the same time, it promotes a healthy response to harmless allergens. Aller-Defense offers a natural, long-term approach to allergens”.
6. Exercise and Pranayama
Allergies can be worsened by stress and can cause the physiological responses such as the release of stress hormones and can trigger inflammation. Relaxation has the ability to calm the nervous system and diminish stress which over time can reduce allergy symptoms. Yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) calm the body and mind, open the lungs, and strengthen immunity as well as body awareness.
Find a certified yoga instructor near you and relax your way to wellness!
These are treatments that I have personally found success with in treating my own allergies. They are subtle, effective, natural and contribute to rather than diminish your awareness. Happy Healing!