Allergies Be Gone

April 5, 2012

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.

 

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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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7 Responses to “Allergies Be Gone”

  1. Kate says:

    I used to have a lot of spring allergy issues, as well as severe sinus problems. I underwent acupuncture treatment for the sinus issues and found wonderful relief from that, and to my delight, the allergies ceased too. I sure hope you get relief.

  2. Poor thing! Good for you for trying some alternative treatments!

  3. Candice says:

    I’ve heard that a lot of allergies can be reduced or entirely eliminated by eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. This may be something you’d want to research as well for your allergy symptons.

  4. mjskit says:

    Bee pollen is an amazing thing! I’ve used it in a more holistic way. Several years ago I switched to using local honey ONLY in my tea, salad dressings and anything else I made that called for honey. The following spring, I had NO allergies! It’s been over 10 years and still no allergies. I hope the bee pollen continues to help you! Living without allergies is so nice.

  5. i’ve heard a lot about bee pollen but never tried it! i think, for the first year of my life, i might be experiencing some allergy symptoms so i’ve been thinking about trying bee pollen! i might have to make a trip to the co-op…!

  6. My allergies arrived around my 20’s as well. It takes eye drops, nose drops, and an OTC med to make it through my day (plus my Nedi Pot). Recently I drastically cut down on my dairy which has helped me a lot! I have also read that gluten affects allergies.

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