Well, as you can see, I am significantly behind on my weekly posts. That is due in part to the fact that I’ve been SO exhausted from fighting off these random allergies! A friend told me that this is the 9th greatest rainfall LA has ever had (this year I mean) –and as a result, we have a lot of extra/uncommon desert vegetation sprouting up that’s making allergy season more obnoxious than usual.

I’ve also been discussing different remedies with friends. So this week, in an effort to help my fellow allergy sufferererererererrs, I thought I would share a few recommendations I’ve tried/found online.

1) Fresh Lemon juice with honey and hot water made into a sort of ‘tea’. This one is the best so far (as far as effectiveness in treating desired symptoms). Squeeze 1-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a mug and add equal parts honey. Then fill the mug with hot water and stir. This works GREAT for sore throats. My first week of allergies my throat felt so raw—but just on one side (random!). No matter how much regular tea/juice/cough drops I consumed, nothing helped soothe that scratchy/raw feeling! And then a friend at work recommended the whole lemon juice and honey thing and it worked like a charm! No more sore throat. And it almost INSTANTLY felt better!

2) Eucalyptus oil
This recommendation I got from an English friend. Put a drop or two on skin (neck/chest area so you can inhale the essense of the oil) to help ease congestion. She said it also works well for asthma. On my skin it is soothing but I’m not sure if I’m doing it right or if I need a different kind of eucalyptus oil ? I bought a little bottle of “100% Eucalyptus oil” at CVS for like $3.75. Not too bad. Hazel also recommended putting a drop or two on an air purifyer to circulate it through the air, or to put some on an oil burner. I think I’ll try those methods, they might be more effective.

3) Air purifiers (specifically HEPPA filters). We got a few of these at work and they’re great! The air actuallys feels noticeably lighter and cleaner. Only down side is they’re kind of expensive. Especially the whisper quiet tower ones. There are also HEPPAs now with permanent filters that you clean by vacuuming. Hm. The reviews on Amazon are pretty good. The cheapest one (with good reviews) that I’ve found is the Honeywell HHT-001 Compact Air Purifier with permanent filter. It’s $40.99 plus shipping. Just for a small room though, not whole house. http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-HHT-011-Compact-Purifier-Permanent/dp/B000N9CPQK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1271283107&sr=8-2-spell They really make a difference! We noticed a substantial decline in sickness in the people on our floor when we got these in the office.

Claritin-D is no longer working for me or my enflamed sinuses, so now for a few online suggestions to be tried later this week: (some info taken from motherearthnews.com)

Neti Pots: It’s like a little tea pot, for your nose. You fill it with a warm saline solution and use it to rinse your nasal passages of all the unwanted pollen/allergens. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while. Most people I know who’ve tried them have said that they noticed at least SOME improvement.

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. It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that you’re slightly allergic to until the air clears. Fighting off allergies can render the body hypersensitive to those foods, causing more severe reactions than usual.

Gelsemium is useful in the treatments of swollen nasal membranes and general feelings of puffyness or drowsiness.

That’s about it for now. Let me know if you end up trying any of these—or if you have remedies/suggestions of your own that I should try!


UPDATE!

Since writing this post, I have been to an amazing acupuncuturist who also practices ‘constitution medicine’ (google it!) and it has significantly improved my quality of life! From allergies and sinus troubles, to digestive issues and back pain. I don’t understand how it works, I’m just glad that it does! And it’s not the kind of acupuncture where you’re left with these 3 inch needles sticking out of you. He has this little tube he sort of gently bounces off your skin in different areas (none on my face/neck though and it STILL helps my neck and sinuses, random!)–most of the time you can’t even feel it! Or when you do it’s the mildest of pinches. At first I wondered if he was even doing anything. But the next day, I knew. In just the 2 treatments and a few dietary adjustments alone (mainly removing chocolate, fish and eggs from my diet) I have seen significant improvements! REALLY significant. As in ‘ I can’t remember the last time I felt this good!’ I’m breathing more freely than I have in YEARS and my shoulders and back are looser and I have more energy too! Amazing. I highly recommend checking him out! Because really, if you could just omit a few things from your diet, or you had to take Claritin twice a day forever and just feel ‘kind of ok’ which would you choose? It’s a no brainer! Here’s his info…If you have allergies or digestive issues go! Go NOW!

Dr. Min Kim
Beverly Hills Office
206 S. Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.854.3888
Tues, Thurs and Sat

or Canyon Country (out near Santa Clarita)
19004 Soledad Canyon Rd
Canyon Country, CA 91351
661.251.9004
Wed and Fri Afternoons

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