It’s springtime in Maryland. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the flowers and trees are blooming. With the blossoming of plants comes along an increase of pollen, which for some of us it leads to a runny nose, runny and itchy eyes, and sneezing; which can really put a damper on things for us Real-Life Superwomen. Who wants to be sneezing when we’ve got a presentation to give or have a runny nose when you are on a date or trying to connect with your beloved?
In this video, I share the below tips that have helped lessen my symptoms during the pollen season so I can be healthy, happy and energized.
- Change what you are eating.
That’s right, REMOVE foods that are causing increase inflammation and mucus build-up like dairy and sugar.
- Add foods rich in vitamin C. Lemon, red, yellow, and orange peppers, as well as broccoli, are good choices.
- The benefits of freeze dried stinging nettle
- Why using raw local honey and/or bee pollen can be of support
- How effectively use the Neti pot
- My top 3 essential oils to support you during pollen season
Lemon essential oil
Has anti-histamine properties and helps relieve excess mucous.
Frankincense essential oil
My favorite essential oils help to reduce the inflammatory response of allergens in the body.
Lemongrass essential oil
Inhaling this clean, refreshing aroma can help reduce inflammatory complications in the respiratory tract.
Here is the science for some of the things mentioned in the video:
A randomized, double-blind study using 300 mg freeze-dried Urtica dioica in the treatment of allergic rhinitis found 69 patients who completed the study rated it higher than placebo in global assessments. 58 percent rated it effective in relieving their symptoms and 48 percent found it to be equally or more effective than their previous medicine.
A study featured in the Alternative Medicine Review Journal, states that vitamin C supplementation of 2 grams daily reduced the blood histamine levels by 38%.
Lemon Essential Oil
The Journal International Scholarly Research Notices reported that a nasal preparation based on lemon essential oil helped to alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Research indicates frankincense contains a compound called alpha-pinene which reduces allergic symptoms
Lemongrass Essential Oil
The International Journal of Molecular Medicine discovered that compounds in lemongrass essential oil had an anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effect. Inhaling lemongrass oil can help reduce an overactive immune response in the body.
I would love to hear what natural remedies you use to support your respiratory, sinus and/or immune system during the pollen season.