Win the Seasonal Allergy Battle Naturally!

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I grew up battling seasonal allergies on and off most of my life & remember many spring/summer seasons having the typical red/itchy/watery/swollen eyes, sneezy/runny nose…pretty miserable looking back on it! My mom suffered from seasonal allergies as well, so I assumed they were somewhat normal and I just dealt with it. Thankfully, these last 5 years it has been a blessing to have allergy symptoms pretty much vanish!

Although, my 10-year old daughter has the same seasonal allergy predisposition, so we have been ears to the ground to help relieve her symptoms naturally.

The last 2 spring seasons we have gathered information and incorporated herbal remedies, natural supplements, and guided her to pay close attention to how foods make her feel…all in the hopes to assist her bodies innate ability to balance.

So far this 2019 spring season she is symptom free!

Below you will find the information gathered from my research; talking to local chiropractors, other concerned/educated moms, and some of my favorite resources/teachers in case it is helpful to you.

If possible, start about 6 weeks before the trigger allergy season hits: tree pollen - spring, grass pollen - summer, weed/ragweed pollen - fall)…

  • D-Hist: (which includes the below listed: stinging nettle leaf, quercetin, N-acetyl cysteine, bromelain) OR

    • Freeze-Dried Stinging Nettle: 300mg 2-3 times daily

    • Quercetin: 500mg daily

    • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC): 300 to 900mg, three times daily

    • Bromelain: 1,000mg daily

  • PA-Free Butterbur: 75mg 2x daily

  • Saline Neti Pot: NasoPure brand is our favorite (while symptomatic)

  • Local Bee Pollen: 1 tsp daily (start 6 months before trigger allergy season) {If you are local to the Kansas City are, Jordy’s Honey offers local bee pollen at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market!}

  • Immunomodulating Herbs: Astragalus Root, Reishi Mushroom, Elderberry - found in our Slow Cook Chai

  • Foods with naturally occurring Quercetin: Elderberry & other common foods

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  • Eliminate mucous producing foods; gluten and dairy are common triggers

  • Lean towards plant-based/pescetarian foods

Please note: Many of these suggestion above have helped our family. This is only our unique experience, please talk with your health care practitioner before adding any of these ideas to your regime.

Resources:

  • https://avivaromm.com/remedies-seasonal-allergies/

  • https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/health-concerns/1/allergies

  • https://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/organic-allergy-relief.html

  • https://draxe.com/bromelain/

  • https://www.orthomolecularproducts.com/natural-d-hist/

It has been a joy to watch my daughter outside taking in the transition to spring time without any allergy symptoms!

It has been a joy to watch my daughter outside taking in the transition to spring time without any allergy symptoms!

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Elderberry Goodness

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