Allergy season is here in South Carolina!

by montejosmemorials on March 4, 2017

 

Bumble bee on thistle flower. Beautiful macro.
One of the benefits of living in the south, is spring shows up early, this year earlier than normal. Along with spring comes boatloads of pollen, which means most everyone’s allergies go crazy!

Many rely on sprays and medicines to control their symptoms, but I like to do things as naturally as I can. Many think I’m a little crazy for that. Call it what you may, it’s just my preference.

One of my favorite things about a natural lifestyle is there are lots of options, and even if you take baby steps, you can make progress. I was sick lots when I was a child, took lots of antibiotics, had my tonsils removed, etc., so I have really had to work at building my immunity. It’s been about 20 years since I’ve been on this health journey and every year I feel stronger and healthier. As I continue to learn and implement new things, I peel away deeper layers of health. It’s not a one size fits all option, but with patience and perseverance,  we can keep moving forward.

There are so many things  at our disposal to utilize in preparing our bodies to handle seasonal allergies. Food is huge! We don’t eat perfectly at all, but in times when my body is under extra stress, like allergy season, I try to greatly reduce or eliminate dairy, sugar, white flours, and make sure I add in lots of fruits and veggies, healthy proteins and fats, etc.

There is lots of research available to connect an overloaded or toxic liver with allergies, so I have made it a habit to implement herbs in our lifestyle that are always doing a gentle cleaning of the liver and several times a year, I do a deeper cleanse. Some of these same herbs, are natural antihistamines and tonics to the body. Adaptogenic herbs can also be highly beneficial to implement, because they help the body to handle stress.  I’d say allergies are a big stressor, how about you?

In addition to food and herbs, essential oils play a major roll in our home during allergy season. Not only directly helping us with any allergy symptoms, like using our Balance spray bottle, or lemon, lavender, peppermint roller ball, but indirectly by eliminating toxic chemicals from our home.  Using essential oils in our cleaning products, has dual benefits! Our bodies don’t have to figure out how to process substances they don’t know how to handle, while at the same time we are receiving physical and emotional benefits from the oils.

Make sure to connect with me on Facebook, where I post lots of tips for Balancing Life Naturally! I’d be honored to help you take some new steps in your health journey or specialize your allergy plan just for you.

 

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