Spring will never be my favorite season. Not because I don’t love everything blooming back into life, but because my eye, nose and throat don’t. Along with warmer temperatures always comes discomfort in the form of dreaded allergies.
Usually I pop a Claritin or Benedryl when I feel I need it, but this spring I’m stubbornly against taking any medicine. I admit it may just be a pride thing, but I don’t want to take any medicine while I’m acting as Baby D’s home. Luckily, this season hasn’t been too awful… until about a week or two ago.
Things got ugly. After only being outside for 5 minutes I’d be thrown into a sneezing fit. The membranes on my eyes would turn red, itch and swell and I’d lay on the couch with an ice pack on my eyes. I was miserable.
I actually broke down and went to the pharmacy. The pharmacist told me that his 7 month pregnant wife took Claritin everyday and there was no need for me to suffer. He explained that Claritin and Benedryl are both Type B drugs, meaning that no ill effects to the baby have been proven. I bought some Claritin and headed home- sick of my misery.
…but I still couldn’t bring myself to take a pill until I had exhausted all my natural options, so I put the bottle away. Since then, I’m pleased to say I still haven’t had to go dig out the Claritin. Instead, here’s what I’ve been doing:
Allergy Prevention Smoothies
LOCAL honey acts as a natural allergy shot, so I have started incorporating it into my daily eats. My favorite way thus far is this delicious smoothie I created!
1 c organic skim milk, 1 c organic baby spinach, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 Tbsp local honey and a pinch of xanthan gum (it’s a thickening agent full of fiber that bulks up the smoothie!). I also threw in a couple ice cubes.
It tastes like a peanut butter-honey dream!
These babies aren’t cheap, but I don’t know if I could live without mine. David actually bought it for me as a birthday present a few years ago. Go ahead and giggle- it’s been awesome!
This Blueair purifier with 3 HEPA filters is powerful and during allergy season I let in run almost constantly in our bedroom. It helps make sure that the air in there is free of sneeze-inducing particles, which is so important for a good night’s sleep.
Get ready to point and laugh… it’s OK. One of our favorite shows is Shark Tank. Have you seen it? It’s a show where entrepreneurs come to pitch their companies to the sharks (investors) in hopes that they will invest in their company. One product that appeared on the show were these FIRST DEFENSE NASAL SCREENS.
I’ll be honest, at first they sounded incredibly silly, but after hearing the research and learning how awesome these are, the sharks went nuts over them. David surprised me by ordering some for me to try out. Don’t laugh at my flared nostrils, I was trying to show them off to you…
Oh. My. Goodness.
I am a believer! I wore these little filters outside for an entire day and didn’t feel itchy, sneezy or uncomfortable once. They were actually pretty easy to breathe through, too. I took them off in a restaurant around 7pm that night. On the way back to the car I had an allergy attack. Just goes to show how effective these babies were throughout the day.
I’ll admit I may not where them to a party, but to be able to be outside and enjoy spring without feeling miserable was incredible. I’m a HUGE fan.
Keep the House Sparkling Clean
Ok, I try my best. Keeping things dusted and cleaned up certainly helps eliminate indoor allergies. But things aren’t always ‘sparkling’…
And I usually know who has been swimming in the lake and is to blame…
Still, I do my best to keep things cleaned the best I can. Here are my favorite green clean cleaning products.
Another natural route to try are alfalfa pills. With deep roots extending 10 to 20 feet into the soil, this amazing plant is rich in trace minerals and protein plus contains 8 digestive enzymes. Recognized as a natural anti-histamine, allergy sufferers report good results from taking 3 or 4 of the little compressed sun-dried leaf tablets … containing no pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, or synthetic hormones.
When I feel that allergy tickle or before I got outside, I pop 5 little alfalfa tabs and let them work their magic. David uses them before cutting the grass too.
Neti Pots – they sound gross, but rinsing saline water through your sinuses helps to clear out those allergens that like to camp out in there.
Showering – especially before bed. Pollen will weave itself into your hair, making a good night’s sleep harder to come by
Avoidance – If you know what you’re allergic to, obviously avoiding it is going to be your best defense. But I’m allergic to grasses, so unless I want to spend all of spring closed off inside, avoidance isn’t the best option for me.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
What’s your best advice?