My oldest little guy started with seasonal allergies when he was just 4 years old.  We took him to the allergist to find he is allergic to: grass, pollen, weeds, dogs and cats.
This is a pretty good picture of what allergy season looks like if it is not under control.

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I’m guessing it has something to do with genes because his dad has similar seasonal allergies, but I also wonder if it has any relationship to the jar of peanut butter that I kept in my classroom and ate out of daily when I was pregnant with him!!  Going outside makes it so much worse, which is really hard in the spring time.  I didn’t know how to handle these too much, and in the past few years, he has had to take Claritin daily as well as a nasal spray, and even then, he still suffers.  Unfortunately, Claritin is only treating the symptoms, not the issue in the immune system. It’s also suppressing the immune response.

This year, I am armed and ready!

Here’s my plan that I’m really hoping will make a difference without medication.

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE ALLERGY SEASON

1-2 TBS of raw local honey daily. Look for raw honey made in your region of the US!
Taking a supplement with:
Quercetin – flavanoid that gives fruits and veggies their rich colors, stops the production and release of histamine.
Bromelain – helps to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses
Stinging Nettle – antihistamine and anti-inflammatory
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1 tsp spirulina daily. Trying to put this into smoothies. This tastes and smells pretty gross!

Probiotics – helps boost the immune system. Trying these during allergy season and before.
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DURING ALLERGY SEASON:

Continue the local raw honey and supplement!

3 times a day: drink
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T lemon juice (fresh)
1/2 T local raw honey

 Diffuse essential oils! Some great info on how to choose Essential Oils.

Edited to include: http://www.newsweek.com/essential-oils-large-breasts-850459
Take note that lavender is questionable, and eucalyptus is for ages 10+. Peppermint is for ages 6+.

4 drops peppermint, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops eucalyptus.

Topical essential oils
2-3 drops peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus diluted in carrier oil behind ears, bottoms of feet, and on temples.

Shower before bed, wash sheets often!
Shower soothers – in cupcake liners – 6 discs – 3 c baking soda, 1/3 c water, let dry overnight in cupcake liners, then add 5-7 drops of essential oils. 

Keep windows closed. Shower after being outdoors.

Disinfecting spray around the house 
16 oz spray bottle – fill with 40 drops lemon oil, 20 drops tea tree oil, fill with water and a little white vinegar.

FOODS!

Avoid: 
Cucumbers, Melons, Zucchini, Sunflower Seeds, Bananas, Chamomile, Conventional Dairy, Chocolate, Peanuts, Sugar, Processed Foods, Bottled Citrus Juice, Wheat, Soy, Dried Fruit, Gluten.
Should be a good time! Eeek.

Eat plenty of: 
Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Local Honey, Hot and Spicy Foods, Pineapple (and the core too)!, Fresh vegetables, Bone Broth, Probiotic rich foods, grass fed meat, free range poultry, wild caught fish, and raw organic dairy.

I’m really hoping all of this will boost the immune system to respond better to the allergens!

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