Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Allergy Season is upon us

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Tis the season for sneezin’.  Have you noticed?  Every other person you meet is either sneezing or coughing.  What can you do to help prevent it, or if it is too late for that, to treat it?   We have had an unusual year.  No season seems to be behaving normally.  What we can count on this time of year is rag weed and temperature changes.  Both of these things seem to bring out the tissues. 
         The first thing you should do for your nose and sinuses is to irrigate them regularly.  This is called nasal laphage or irrigation.  It can be done with a Netti pot, a bulb syringe or even using your hand as a cup.  You will need a cup of warm water and about 1 teaspoon of salt.  After mixing, use whichever method is available to you and pour, squirt or inhale the water into one nostril while leaning your head over in the direction of the opposite nostril.  The goal is to flush the water into the sinuses through one nostril and out of the other nostril, thereby washing out the pollen, mucus and infection, if there is any.  This will burn a little if there is any infection.  But, trust me, the relief will begin immediately.  
        If you are coughing or spitting up green or yellow mucus, an infection has already started.  I would recommend you begin taking at least 1000 mg of Vitamin C every other hour and ask your local herbalist for an herbal combination that has proven effective in fighting these infections.  There are also great herbal cough syrups that soothe the throat, open the sinuses and fight the infection. 
         For a sore throat, immediately gargle with warm water and as much salt as you can handle, maybe a couple of tablespoons.   Also effective is coating the inside of a paper mask, like you wear to mow the lawn, with Vicks Vapor Rub or essential oils and wear it as much as possible, but especially at night.  Also, pour about 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear and let it boil down into each ear alternately for about 10 minutes.  
        These simple, inexpensive tips can ward off allergies or a cold if you catch the symptoms early enough.  If not, they will still help you feel better, naturally.

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Written by cosmicallybeffudled

September 29, 2007 at 3:01 pm

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