ASAP Allergy Relief

What to do about the seasonal sniffles?

(Originally posted for http://mommynoire.com/8739/dr-noire-asap-allergy-relief/, by Dr. Lisa Upshaw) 

(Originally posted for http://mommynoire.com/8739/dr-noire-asap-allergy-relief/, by Dr. Lisa Upshaw) 

As the temperature changes and we feel the crisp morning air, allergy sufferers are running to stock up on tissues.

The variations between warm and cool are just enough to cause a major congestion for those with seasonal allergies.

Make sure your are proactive!

There are a few preventative steps to decrease the intensity of symptoms such as mucus production, frequency of sneezing and sinus pressure.  

Check out the followint tips:  

• Decrease and/or eliminate dairy, sugar and gluten (may increase allergic response and increases mucous production)   

• Use a combination of 100% pure lavender, lemon and peppermint essentail oils (I like Young Living).  You may also add a blend called Thieves or Purification.  Add to a cold air diffuser or mix a few drops of each in fractioned coconut oil and appy to the back of the neck, feet or chest.  

• Boil a pot of water to produce steam.  Stand over the warm pot and inhale the warm air which will help loosen mucus. Be careful to not burn yourself while breathing in the warm steam.

• If you feel a sinus infection coming on regularly sip 1/4c Apple Cider Vinegar in 16oz of water (room temp or warm). This may help thin mucus.

• Use a product called Proflavanol (by Usana) which has a unique blend of vitamin C and grapeseed extract that will help reduce the swelling in your nasal passages.

• Try boiling this concoction to drink: 1 LARGE CUP WATER, 1 TBS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, 1 WHOLE CLOVE, 1 PORTION FRESH GINGER ROOT (CHOPPED), 1 TSP GROUND CINNAMON, 1 TBS LOCAL HONEY

• Add cayenne to your food. The spice will thin mucous and decrease the tingle in the nose… after it tingles from a strong whiff of pepper 

• Use a warm compress on your head.

• Clear your head and clear your thoughts. Some times congestion equals confusion.

• Get acupuncture to help relieve allergy symptoms. It’s been proven to be very effective.

Hope this help!  You are welcome to contact me at drlisa@drlisaupshaw.com for any questions, to set up an acupuncture appointment or for interest in allergy relieving products.

Blessings...

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