Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Good News and Bad News About Your Seasonal Allergies.

The Good News and Bad News About Your Seasonal Allergies. It’s too familiar. It feels like the coming on of the flu. Slight headache. Sinus pressure. Tiredness. And then… sneezing. There’s a good chance you’re not sick. (Good news!) It’s likely you’ve got seasonal allergies. (Bad News.)
Why is this bad news? Well, a cold will go away. Allergies like to hang on to you like a dear friend, for months on end. You can’t work or function like that - much less enjoy the beauty of the season.
So rather than buy out the local drug store’s stock of anti-histamines, we’d like to suggest you take a more natural, just as effective and much safer for the body route.

Here's what you want to do:

Eat the right foods.
Choose to eat a clean and balanced diet, full of high quality protein, fruits and vegetables. This helps to reduce may reduce hay fever symptoms and also strengthens the immune system. Drink a lot of water only, and do your best to avoid grains, dairy, excess salt, sugar, alcohol and anything other highly processed foods. Bonus helpful foods to help get rid of hay fever are garlic, ginger, onions and honey. Steep them in a tea for best results. Once it has steeped for at least 10 minutes, feel free to add ice if that would be more weather appropriate.

Herbs with superpowers.
There are several herbs that may be used to calm the sneezing, coughing, itching and congestion symptoms associated with hay fever. They work mainly by strengthening and supporting the allergen-fighting immune system. Some of these herbs are stinging nettle, gingko and quercetin.

Drink a lot of water.
Drinking adequate water will dilute your system as well as keep the mucous flowing so it doesn’t stagnate in your sinus cavities. The more dehydrated you are, the more pressure and burning you’re likely to feel.

Acupuncture helps.
Acupuncture has been shown repeatedly to effectively relieve symptoms of hay fever. Acupuncture corrects and balances the energy flow of your body (your body's electrical system) through the use of needles on the skin, specifically on facial points. This stimulates the immune system, clear congestion, any associated pain and reduce inflammation.

Steam with eucalyptus
This is an easy and relaxing option for relieving hay fever symptoms. Start a hot shower or bath and breathe in the steam.  The steam will break up the mucous and relax the uptight muscles involved.  You can enhance this option by using the acupressure mentioned while in the heat.  Also, adding essential oils like our Eucalyptus Oil Shower Spray to the steam WITH the acupressure IN the steam, will give you peak relief.

Other useful tips:
There will be days where the pollen count is simply high and your safest choice will be to stay indoors. (Enter your zip code here and find out your local pollen count!)  It’s also smart to avoid going outside during more windy days or after thunderstorms. Instead of a lawn, have bricks, rocks and stone for a landscape. And as needed throughout the day, rinse your face and blow your nose to keep yourself clear from any pollen collecting there.

We at Eurospa Aromatics, we are committed to your health.  Stop by and see what else we can do to increase the quality of your life and overall health.

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