Friday, April 10, 2015

Seasonal Allergy Symptom Relief

Itchy eyes, scratchy throats, coughing, and nasal congestion are all common symptoms in our household during the spring and fall.  We are no strangers to outdoor allergies.  Mine often hit me in early March when the thaw begins.  It always starts with a scratchy throat and a horse voice.  My sinuses become congested usually within the week.  Sure enough I find myself wishing I had taken something earlier to help my allergies because I have a full blown sinus infection.  But it doesn't stop there I will typically develop bronchitis before I can conquer the sinus infection.  I have marked my next year's calender for late February to begin allergy symptom prevention.
Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, Singular, Rhinocort, Flonase, and Albuterol were all common drugs in our medicine cabinet.  I would take anything to relieve my symptoms, but there was just something that bothered me about handing my eight year old daughter a Zyrtec every morning to ease her allergy symptoms.  I know the miserable experience of allergy season, I didn't want her to suffer, but I also wanted to be sure that I was helping her without causing unwanted side effects.  
Local honey is a natural tool to help with outdoor allergies.  My girls love a teaspoon in the morning. They also enjoy the honey filled straws from the farmers market as an afternoon snack.  We have used local honey for the past few years, but have always needed something stronger to overcome the allergy symptoms.  This year I discovered a blend of essential oils that have kept the bottle of Zyrtec closed, and our sinuses open.  I began exploring essential oils about a year ago and they have given our family the freedom to choose a safe and natural healthcare approach without pharmaceutical medications.  We have use them for many things including their medicinal purposes, so I didn't think twice about trying them for our allergies.
There are many ways to use essential oils and they have many benefits.  Our family will use a small shot glass of water, 2 drops of Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, and Peppermint Oil. We swish it in our mouths (because there is a ton of capillaries and blood vessels for rapid absorption) for 5-10 seconds, then we swallow.  It is an acquired taste, but the instant relief is worth it!  There are alternative methods as well that help with the taste like mixing the oils in gel caps and swallowing or you can combine it with a teaspoon of local honey.  It is important that you use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, especially if you are ingesting them.  I did a lot research and found cheaper oils on Amazon or at the health food store.  But all of them came with a warning "Do not ingest." or "not for internal use," these two phrases are huge indicators that there is something else in the bottle other than the essential oil.  One oil even read 100% Pure, but when reading the ingredients it read Chamomile oil in Almond oil, but that doesn't seem pure to me.  I am certain that I am getting the most potent, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils with Doterra, not a diluted substitute.  I chose a wholesale membership through Doterra that saves my family money and even rewards us with FREE oils. 

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