This time of year I have many people with allergies requesting the Sinus Relief Treatment added on to their massages and facials. This provides some temporary relief, so I send them home with the following suggestions for natural remedies.
1. neti pot - To flush your sinuses, mix a quarter to a half teaspoon of noniodized table salt into a cup of lukewarm water and pour it into the neti pot. (You can adjust the amount of salt, depending on what feels most comfortable.) Lean over a sink with your head slightly to one side, put the spout of the neti into one nostril and allow the water to drain out the other nostril. Use about half of the solution, then repeat on the other side, tilting your head the opposite way. Gently blow out each nostril to clear them completely. Neti pots are widely available online and at natural food stores. Use the pot twice a day during allergy season, especially in the morning and after spending time outdoors. You also can use a neti pot before bed to prevent snoring caused by allergies and promote optimal overnight breathing.
2. local honey - this delicious treat contains small amounts of pollen from flowers to which you are commonly exposed in your local vicinity. These small exposures to pollen can help your body to be less sensitive (and therefore have less allergic response) to pollen in the environment. Try 2 teaspoonfuls per day. Get as local as you can, which generally means Upstate New York or next door New Jersey.
3. foods - A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil, as well as grass-fed meat and eggs.
To help keep airways clear when pollen counts are high, add a dash of horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard to your food — all act as natural, temporary decongestants.
Hats off to you, New Mom. You’ve just spent the better part of a year making this amazing human! As exciting as all this was, you may be left with aches and pains from laboring, made more noticeable as you take on new responsibilities, skin that is not cooperating, a lack of energy and a roller coaster of emotions, some not that pleasant to experience. So who’s taking care of you? Do you have a nurturing routine for yourself? Without some care for you, it’ll be difficult to have energy to be the Mom you want to be. Massage and facials are perfect ways to nurture and restore your body and skin, take some time to rest peacefully here at the studio, and be back home before the next feeding. See this month’s special, the New Mom Care Package, which will encourage you to take care of you.
Other helpful hints;
1. babysitting/errand help - if you’re lucky enough to have family around, they usually want to help, so don’t be shy, ask! No family here? Time to network with other Moms who are in the same situation. Take turns babysitting, share errands, etc. The friends you make now will help you manage your family responsibilities even as your kids get older.
2. If sadness, fear, grief or other painful emotions are consuming you, get help. We have many qualified counselors here in New York who can help you; ask your maternal care provider for a referral.
3. plan for good nutrition to keep you strong - your body needs the right foods to keep up your strength and energy. We’re lucky enough to have farm goods delivered locally (I just joined the Bay Ridge CSA). Fresh from the farm has greater nutrient value because it hasn't been sitting around in warehouses and markets for weeks or longer. Time is always short as a new Mom, so cook in batches, always making enough for a second meal. On the days that you’re too tired or busy, it’ll come in handy. I always make extra grains, which become my side dishes and then breakfast; chop fruits and veggies to package for taking to work, or to have around for a quick smoothie or healthy snack with a bit of hummus or almond butter; boil a dozen eggs to make egg salad and have hard boiled eggs to go. One day a week, make a roast (and/or a big batch of roast vegetables) and not only will you have Sunday dinner, but have something leftover for sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, pasta dishes, stir fry, you name it.
4. exercise - get the baby into a stroller and go for a walk. Or try a yoga dvd during baby’s nap time. Exercising helps you to feel better, shed some baby weight, ease constipation, and clear your mind.
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