Used throughout human history, nasal rinsing is a practice traced back to the dawn of civilization. But during the rise of the antibiotics era, personal hygiene took a back seat to the more “scientific” protocol of taking antibiotics instead of just rinsing your sinuses. But the age of antibiotics is now coming to an end as physician-assisted abuse of antibiotics spurred the development and spread of deadly superbugs. Suddenly, rinsing your nasal passages with salt water seems a whole lot wiser than popping superbug-inducing chemical pills.
“Like cures like” is the guiding principle of homeopathic medicine. It is also known as the Principle of Similars. This means that an illness can be treated with a substance that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person in larger amounts. But, homeopathy uses very diluted amounts. The miniscule doses of the active ingredient work to stimulate the body’s own healing ability, without the harmful symptoms the substance would cause in larger amounts, and without side effects. Good news for those of us trying to live a healthy, natural lifestyle.
Seek out a natural antihistamine such as quercetin, a type of antioxidant found in onions and citrus fruits. Available in supplement form, 1,000 milligrams of quercetin taken three times daily throughout the season should help you stay symptom-free.
Sinus and Allergy Sufferers fear no more! Neti Pot to the rescue…Rinse your nasal passages twice a day to flush out pollen and other irritants. Put saline solution (a 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water) into the Neti Pot (a spouted container that allows you to pour water directly into your nose). The solution should fill your nasal cavity and spill out the other nostril. Gently blow your nose afterward. Ahhhh…Relief
Rid your home of fumy chemicals by replacing surface, glass, toilet, and floor cleaners with plant-based brands – try any of these quality green cleaners. Direct links of asthma and allergies to commerical cleaners have already been established.You may not have any asthma or allergy symptoms today, but unfortunately the fumes emitted from commercial cleaning agents cause accumulating damage.
Nasal symptoms from seasonal allergies are mainly due to an inflammation of your nasal membranes. Following an anti-inflammatory diet of foods rich in antioxidants (brightly colored fruits and vegetables) and omega-3s (fish such as salmon and herring, ground flaxseeds, walnuts) can go a long way in stamping out symptoms.
Indeed, several studies show that kids with diets high in certain fruits, vegetables, and fish are less likely to experience allergy symptoms such as wheezing. Doctors also advise cutting back on milk and milk products, which contain proteins that may increase mucus production — the last thing a runny nose needs. If runny noses do persist, try natural allergy relief for children.
To keep allergies under control, supplement with 600 milligrams of quercetin twice daily between meals, suggests Randy Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
An antioxidant, quercetin, helps stop cells from releasing histamine, a chemical that sets off symptoms in response to allergic triggers.
It can take four to six weeks for quercetin to work, so ideally you should start supplementing about six weeks before allergy season. That said, it can still help if taken later.
Several studies suggest that using hypnosis — a trancelike technique that leaves you more open to suggestion — can deliver allergy relief. A report from Switzerland’s University Hospital Basel, for instance, found that allergy sufferers who were taught self-hypnosis saw significant improvements in symptoms and well-being over the course of a year. With the help of hypnosis, he says, you can encourage your immune system to “unlearn” its usual response to allergens and keep symptoms at bay.
Cleansing your nasal passages regularly helps keep them clear and washes away potentially irritating allergens, which can thwart allergic reactions. It also can help relieve allergy symptoms, according to a small study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Doctors recommend using a neti pot, a traditional Indian vessel with a spout that pours directly into your nose; rinse morning and night with 1/4 teaspoon of salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water.