This spring, we have been working to treat seasonal allergies naturally. In the past, we have had to do claritin daily.
Check out my plan here.
In mid February, we started a diet that keeps inflammation down and foods that affect the histamine response – no gluten, conventional dairy, bananas, chocolate, peanuts, sugar, processed foods, bottled citrus juice, wheat, soy, dried fruit.
This has been easier to control at home, but it is HARD – dairy and gluten are pretty easy (at home), but chocolate has been tough with Easter and Valentine’s Day, parties, etc. Also, when you are not at home and try to find dairy/gluten free, peanuts are often involved, or processed chemicals. We haven’t been 100% at this, but have done our best. On Easter, we let it go so there was dairy, gluten, wheat, chocolate, ham, & orange juice. The pollen levels have been high, and also this week has been the worst for symptoms (mostly itchy eyes). I do think that the food makes a difference. Chocolate, along with smoked meat products like ham, have a high histamine level so when you are trying to keep the histamine response low, these are not a good choice.
We started doing 1 T local raw honey each day in February.
The kids chewable that I have used in the past was hard to find, so I opted for the adult version, which just contains more mg of each supplement. Unfortunately, it’s a capsule that I put in apple sauce or smoothies, which isn’t the easiest thing to get down!
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
N-acetyl-L-cysteine – an antioxidant that is an expectorant and thins mucus.
I haven’t been able to get spirulina into anything – the stuff tastes pretty awful to an 8 year old.
Probiotics –1.5 months in advance…
We have been diffusing peppermint, lavender and lemon in his room at night, and using 2-3 drops peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus diluted in carrier oil behind ears, bottoms of feet, and on temples.
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.
Shower every night
Wash sheets often
Wash face down after being outside, or shower immediately
How’s it going?
It seems to be working pretty well, but it is no joke to stay on top of everything! It would be much easier to just give a daily pill, but I don’t know the long term effects! The itchy, red eyes are the worst symptom – one month to go!!