It is that time of year again. Time for spring allergies! Already I've had a couple friends and family members ask me about my remedies for spring allergies because they can be so rough! Especially on the kiddos. My son Sam had terrible seasonal allergies until last year when he did not have any symptoms. The years prior there were about 2 weeks in April when we had to keep him inside his allergies were so bad. Watery, itchy, swollen eyes. Constant runny nose. And his poor face was so chapped because of all the wiping and scratching. And the medicine didn't help much.
You're probably wondering what we did differently last year. Well, I suppose it's possible that he just wasn't allergic to pollen anymore, but I highly doubt that. I believe it was these 2 simple things we added to our daily routine:
Lavender essential oil and local raw honey. As you can see by the size of the honey jug, we go through a lot of it. We eat it almost daily anyway so eating it during allergy season wasn't something extra to do. My kids eat it in their cereal or oatmeal or just right off the spoon. I eat it on nut butter sandwiches. It's really good for you and I use it in a lot of my healthy sweets that I've been baking lately. Here's what howstuffworks.com has to say about local honey:
The idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response like the release of histamine will occur [source: AAFP]. Since the concentration of pollen spores found in honey is low -- compared to, say, sniffing a flower directly -- then the production of antibodies shouldn't trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Ideally, the honey-eater won't have any reaction at all.
It makes sense, right?
I've also read a lot about how much lavender has helped people with terrible seasonal allergies. My friend Lani, who introduced me to and taught me so much about Young Living essential oils, says that you can put a drop in your hand , rub your palms together, and breathe in the oil. Or, swipe some inside your nose, or even put on your face around your nose. With my kids I either rub it on their neck or on the bottoms of their feet. There are so many uses for lavender so you will use it all year round, not just allergy season.
I'm not sure if it was the lavender or the honey or a combination of the two. I just know that Sam didn't have to take any medication last year. He may have had a few sniffles, but I honestly don't remember if he did or not. What I do remember is the little boy who couldn't play outside and was just miserable the 3 years before last spring. And the honey may be working for him so far because I just checked the pollen forecast and apparently it's really high right now and he hasn't had any symptoms.
I truly hope that this information is helpful to you and your loved ones who suffer from allergies this time of year. Let me know if you have questions about where to get lavender or local honey!
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