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.
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