Simple Solutions for Surviving Seasonal Allergies
The immune system is weakened by excessive stress, and a weak immune system typically has more allergic problems. There are many smart ways to help strengthen your immunity to prevent allergies, or at least make them more bearable.
Lowering one’s level of personal stress can be a huge step toward fewer allergy symptoms. What stress management methods are best? That’s an epic question that many of us are working on, so see what works for you.
Ever notice that everyone around here is from somewhere else? Most of the entire nation could say the same. With our mobile population in these modern times, people have very different allergic triggers. You and I are unique, like everyone else.Fortunately, we can work with our similarities and strengthen our immune systems.
Allergies can cause many different symptoms, but the hay fever symptoms of runny, irritated sinuses, itchy eyes, sore throats, and coughs are most often identified as a reaction to environmental allergens. The membranes of the nose, sinuses, eyes, and throat need healthy oils and fats as nutrition, and conversely, they need protection from toxic and unhealthy oils.
The regular use of virgin coconut oil for cooking, along with olive oil and organic butter in the diet, has the longest safety and health record in human history. The trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated oils used in modern food processing are a disaster for the health of your delicate mucus membranes. If you are tormented by allergies, look at what quality of oils and fats are in your regular diet.
Next, have you torn up your skin with intense nose blowing, sneezing, or scratching? If so, put a little of that same coconut oil in a small jar and swab the irritated skin after every attack. If you are on the road, the pure butter patties that some restaurants serve are great first-aid units to protect and soothe your painful touchy areas. Dab off the excess gently. Do not use margarine or mineral oil-based lotions for this purpose, as they damage and irritate the skin while failing to protect from further damage.
For sinus infections and aggravated allergic responses to airborne problems, try this cleansing and soothing spray regimen.First, get two of the drugstore plastic nasal inhaler bottles they sell with saline or antibiotics, and also get some 2 or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Pry the top off your squeeze spray inhaler bottles. Discard the pricey contents, and refill one container with the hydrogen peroxide.
For the second spray bottle, start with 4 oz. of filtered water, then add about a quarter teaspoon of raw honey, and about the same amount of sea salt. Mix well and put that fluid in the new empty nasal spray bottle. This mixture we’ll call your “Nasal Gatorade.”
You now have two nasal spray bottles—one with peroxide, and one with your “Nasal Gatorade.” Mark these differently to avoid a mix-up. Several times a day, for instance while managing stress in the car at Reno’s famous siesta-long red lights, you can snort the peroxide into each nostril twice, and let it sting like the dickens for a few seconds (which happens only the first few times). Then blow your nose gently. Do this peroxide spray 4 or 5 times a day, and in a couple days you will breathe easier, sleep more deeply, and feel more comfortable in your sinuses than you have in a long time.
After the peroxide spray has cleaned things up for a few days, start alternating the peroxide spray sessions with your “Nasal Gatorade.” This mixture will help those tissues stay moist and well-nourished.
This spray regimen will sterilize and remove toxic mucus from the deeper membranes of your sinus and throat. Those pollens, chemicals, solvents, and dust particles that we have agreed to call “atmosphere” have been neutralized and rinsed away from the dried mat sticking to your tissues.
Gone with this is the constant stress of allergens on these membranes that causes inflammation and irritation. Also, the protective functions of your ciliary hairs and mucus-secreting membranes will return to their normal juicy state. Depending on what level of air quality comes with your lifestyle and occupation, you will want to use this spray procedure regularly to keep the sinuses clean and strong.
The plan here is to prevent your sinus and throat passages from becoming dry and cracked. Our solar-oven parking lots make summertime auto errands very risky for thermal shock, and the moist areas of the throat and sinus can literally dry out and become burned. This hurts, and it lets harmful things into your bloodstream, where your immune system then has that much new stress to deal with.
By keeping your sensitive inside membranes clean and comfortable, you will have a stronger immune system as a barrier to protect you. If you are breathing and resting better and eating a healthier diet, you might then have an even better personality to share with us so we can better manage our own stress. Thanks in advance!
1. Peat, Ray PhD. “Coconut Oil and Its Virtues,” from the book From PMS to Menopause. Online at www.naturodoc.com in the Nutrition subsection.
2. “Hydrogen Peroxide Cures” Online at www.earthclinic.com in the Allergies subsection.
3. “Avian Flu: Dr. Dean and Dr. Fleisher Weigh in on How to Protect Ourselves from a Potential Pandemic” by Kimberly Pryor.
Online at www.cpmedical.net in the Articles subsection.
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