Some people experience seasonal discomforts, while others experience more long term or consistent symptoms. There are many common causes for seasonal discomforts, while still maintaining that it is not always easy to pinpoint the cause.
Here are some of the common contributors for seasonal discomforts:
Pollen from trees, plants, and grass
Dust, including the kinds found around your home
Insect bites and stings
Animal fur and dander
“Most people who are struggling with an (seasonal threat) go to the doctor to be treated and are routinely given pharmaceuticals from acetaminophens to antihistamines, both of which may actually further aggravate the...symptoms they were given for” (Dr. Axe, n.d.).
Still, sometimes we just need that immediate relief. Here are a few that we will discuss in greater detail below:
Apple Cider Vinegar
The Cleveland Clinic suggests acupressure as a way to relieve the sinus pressure caused. An acupressure session can be as short as six minutes and involves the strategic placement of the fingers on specific pressure points along the face. The following video is a demonstration of how to self-apply acupressure for instant relief of sinus pressure:
Garlic is a superfood with antihistamine properties and is also a natural antibiotic that boosts your immunity and helps to expel seasonal threats from the body. As a solution for symptoms, it is advised that only raw garlic be used for the best results.
Luckily, we also have honey. Buying local, raw honey is great to help defend against regional seasonal threats. Here is a recipe for a garlic-honey syrup for your seasonal discomfort needs: http://www.angelicakada.com/blog/2015/11/30/honey-garlic-cough-syrup
Many people find relief by using a neti-pot, which is a teapot shaped vessel used to clear the sinuses. Using a neti-pot is simple. Here are some basic instructions on how to properly use a Neti-Pot for the best results.
Make a solution of saline and sanitized water. Mix a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of finely ground non-iodized salt or a slightly rounded 1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground salt (kosher salt) in the neti-pot with 8 ounces of warm distilled, boiled, or filtered water until the salt is completely dissolved.
You should fill the neti-pot with the warm solution and then raise it to your slightly tilted head, 45 degree angle.
Point the neti-pot’s spout into the top nostril and pour into it slowly.
Allow the solution to flow through your sinus cavity and out your bottom nostril. Make sure that you don’t make any significant facial movements and don’t inhale through your nose or else you will choke. Some water will drip down your throat and this will tell you to make an adjustment of your head so that the solution will all flow out your nose. Relax and adjust your position until your nasal pathways are completely cleared.
After proper use, you should experience sinus relief.
That’s right. According to Earth Clinic, a website dedicated to natural solutions, apple cider vinegar is a great natural solution for seasonal discomfort sufferers. Most of us think of our grandmothers when apple cider vinegar comes to mind. For ages, it has been used as a natural remedy for countless health concerns, and as it turns out, seasonal threats are on that long list.
“Apple cider vinegar contains a number of beneficial compounds including acetic and malic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and several others. These nutrients function to balance the body's natural pH to prevent ill-health and to remedy such issues as (seasonal threats) and other seasonal disorders. The nutrients it contains also boost the immune system and functioning” (Earth Clinic, n.d.).
Here is how Earth Clinic suggests using apple cider vinegar for seasonal discomforts:
Mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in eight ounces of warm water.
Once combined, drink the tonic and repeat morning and evening.
There are many essential oils that are often used for more immediate relief for seasonal threats. Jenny Hills, a medical writer and researcher, assembled a list of essential oils to target these threats. Here are a few of them:
~Peppermint Oil: Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing when diffused. ~Lavender Oil: Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities. It also helps to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threats.
~Melaleuca Oil: It promotes healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. It helps support healthy lung and respiratory function and feelings of open airways and easy breathing.
~Lemon Oil: It supports healthy respiratory function and with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
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Bone Broth is a great addition to your diet if you are an seasonal threat sufferer. Drinking bone broth helps to breakup and release excess nasal mucus and it is also known to reduce inflammation in the body, beginning relief to some seasonal discomforts. Here is a great recipe for bone broth from Healing Redefined online: http://healingredefined.org/chicken-broth-recipe-allergy-style/
If you would like to dig deeper for further reading check out the resources below:
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, The. (2018). “Allergies: Natural Solutions”. Retrieved from https://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=36, 1/30/2018.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (2018). Retrieved from http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies, 1/30/2018.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (n.d.).”Allergy Facts and Figures”. Retrieved from http://www.aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx, 1/30/2018.
Axe, Josh Dr. (n.d.). “Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite”. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/, 1/30/2018
Axe, Josh Dr. (n.d.). “9 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies”. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/8-natural-allergy-relief-remedies/, 1/30/2018.
Earth Clinic. (2017). “Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies”. Retrieved from https://www.earthclinic.com/allergies/apple-cider-vinegar.html, 1/30/2018.
Food, Allergy Research & Education. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.foodallergy.org/life-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/diagnosis-testing/food-elimination-diet, 1/30/2018.
Healing Redefined. (2018) Retrieved from http://healingredefined.org/chicken-broth-recipe-allergy-style/, 1/20/2018.
Healthy Apple, The. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thehealthyapple.com, 1/30/2017.
Hills, Jenny. (n.d.). “The Top 15 Essential Oils for Allergies – Updated and Backed by Science”. Retrieved from http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/essential-oils-for-allergy-relief/, 1/30/2018.
O’Brien, Robyn. (2011). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA, 1/30/2018.
Organic Allergy Relief. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://organicallergyrelief.com/does-the-neti-pot-work/, 1/30/2018.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. (n.d.). “Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies”. Retrieved from https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/12/13/acupuncture-seasonal-allergies, 1/30/2018.
Salada, Elizabeth. (n.d). “Fighting Allergies and Asthma with Exercise”. Retrieved from http://totalgymdirect.com/total-gym-blog/working-out-allergies, 1/30/2018.
Starkey, Jaime. (2015). Retrieved from https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/04/try-this-easy-6-minute-acupressure-exercise-for-allergy-relief-video/, 1/30/2018.
Turner, Natasha. (2014). “Six Supplements to Help Beat Allergy Season”. Retrieved from http://www.chatelaine.com/health/six-supplements-to-help-you-beat-allergy-season/