Spring allergies blow. This may be one of the loveliest times of year, but let’s face it – some of us are just plain miserable. Stuffy nose, dry cough, itchy eyes – your face feels like a punching bag. Sound familiar? Instead of spending your paycheck on over-the-counter meds, check out these natural remedies courtesy of The Huffington Post that may actually let you enjoy smelling the flowers this season.
When you feel a flare-up coming on, avoid foods that build up mucus like raw and cold foods (sushi), dairy products (ice cream), corn (even corn syrup), simple sugars, grains (wheat, rye, or barley), boozing, and smoking. Instead, try whole grains like quinoa, amaranth, and brown rice. Many fruits contain bromelain, a natural antihistamine, so eat pineapples, papayas, cranberries, pears, cherries, mangos, and citrus fruits. (Bromelain also comes as a supplement.) Finally, load up in the vegetable department with artichokes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and spinach.
Vaporize your congestion away by adding few drops of wintergreen oil to a pot of boiling water and inhaling. For your very own nasal spray, combine one tsp of sea salt, one drop of oregano oil, and one drop of wintergreen oil with a cup of warm water and pour into a squeeze bottle. Then stick it up your nose and snort. With your next cup of tea, try adding some extra herbs and spices like ginger, scallions, basil, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper, white pepper, horseradish, or turmeric. They’re bound to break through the roadblocks in your nose, but we don’t recommend trying them all at once.
Here are two quick and easy massage techniques you can do yourself to help relieve sinus pressure pain. First, sit up straight on the edge of a sturdy chair and lean slightly forward when trying these techniques. Then, Huffington Post contributor Dr. Maoshing Ni says:
1. Inhale and gently press your forehead just inside the temples with your palms. Exhale and release. Repeat three times.
2. Cross your middle and index fingers by placing the tips of your middle fingers on top of the fingernails on your index fingers. Rub the sides of your nose 36 times in a circular motion, warming your fingers first if they’re cold.
An ancient Chinese decongestant secret: Allergy Tamer. This herbal remedy contains magnolia blossom, chrysanthemum flower, schizandra berry, Japanese apricot, kudzu root, fragrant angelica, and other natural anti-allergen herbs. And acupuncture has been known to release the body’s natural antihistamines and reduce inflammation (that punching bag feeling) with just a few pricks of the needle.