If there were a way to magically make my allergies disappear I would be all over that. That might make the happiest girl alive. But alas, there is no magic wand and we are now into the start of spring. While I love spring and the start of warmer weather it always means that the next 6 months are going to be spent with a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a strong desire to nap. Stupid allergies.
Growing up, I never had them. Heck, I was barely ever sick. But some spring in my mid 20’s allergies just decided to appear. It stared small with just some sneezing and itchy eyes…fast forward to April 2012 and I am ready to threw in the towel. Basically since the end of February I have felt like one big hot mess. A small cough, a dripping nose, eyes that seriously feel like sandpaper and I have had enough.
So I went searching for some more natural remedies, I have no problems with medication but Zyrtec makes me feel hyper and not as focused. I came across a few suggestions for Stinging Nettle and Bee Pollen. With how bad this season has been I was willing to try anything.
Off to the local Co-Op I went. I found the bee pollen in the chilled bulk foods section and bought a pretty good sized jar. This stuff isn’t cheap! But with a bee problem (did you hear about this, it is quite serious and a lot of bee crops are in serious danger) I guess it makes sense that is $14.99 a pound. A half pound filled my jar half way and then a trip down to the supplements for a bottle of Stinging Nettle and I was on my way.
Bee pollen can be dangerous for someone with a bee allergy or asthma and I am not a doctor so be careful! It also should be stored in the fridge or freezer and introduced very slowly. So slowly that you only start with a few granules under the tongue and work your way up to a tablespoon eaten straight or mixed into something cold. I have been adding it to yogurt, applesauce and sometimes just eating it straight. It has a interesting but pleasant taste. A week into this and I am at about half a tablespoon.
The Stinging Nettle comes in a capsule and I have been taking 2 a day. These things taste seriously disgusting and smell worse. Tanner and Clifford happened to get a whiff of one and went running.
Is it helping? I actually think so. It is not an instantaneous thing but my nose is running less, my eyes aren’t as itchy and I feel a little better. I will keep this up for a few months and see if it helps more.
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