Nasal Irrigation with the Neti Pot
A safe and natural modality for allergies used with ¼ of a teaspoon of high quality non-iodized salt works very effectively at gently washing dust, pollen, excess mucus and other irritating allergens out of the nasal passages. May be used multiple times a day.
Stinging Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica)
An abundant plant that grows wild in Europe and North America that is consumed as a nutritive green for eating, tea, liquid extract or may be used in capsules or tablets which act upon specific systems in body as a natural anti-inflammatory.
As a tea: add one tablespoon of dried cut and sifted Nettle leaf (or ½ teaspoon of Nettle powder) to 16 ounces of hot water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes, let cool, strain and drink. May be repeated up to 5 times a day or as needed.
Extract or tincture: add one to 3 dropper fulls to 8 ounces of hot water and drink on an empty stomach 2-4 times a day.
Capsule or tablet: take one to two 500 mg units 1-3 times a day on an empty stomach. Extract tablets and capsules will generally be more effective than just dried herb consumed the same way.
Aromatics and Essential Oils with the Neti Stick & Neti Mist
Natural plant sourced aromatic oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and menthol which when inhaled have a decongesting effect on blocked sinus passages and also possess some antibacterial qualities.
For steam distillation: Add 3-4 drops of peppermint and eucalyptus to very hot water, 16-20 ounces of water and gently breathe in the steam vapors until oils have evaporated. Repeat as needed.
Aromatic inhalers: Products such as the Neti Stik offer a concentrated amount of these essential oils in a convenient device that allows the user to carry with them and breathe the essence of these oils whenever needed or desired.
Natural sinus sprays: Neti Mist is a natural sinus spray with 10 natural ingredients including Tangerine and Ginger essential oil for soothing and clearing mucus membranes in the nose.
Ginger (Zingiber offinale) & Turmeric root (Curcuma longa)
These two spices are often used for cooking in Southeast Asia but they can also be used as herbs to help relieve allergies and inflammation.
For use in cooking: add half to one teaspoon per 2 people at the end of cooking dishes that call for Turmeric and or Ginger. For best results use both together.
As a tea: add one to three droppers full of the liquid extract or tincture to 8 ounces of hot water. One teaspoon to tablespoon of honey may also be added to taste and increase the effectiveness of the herbs. For best results use both together. May also substitute ¼ a teaspoon of each powder.
Capsules or tablets: Take one to two of each herb containing 500 mg’s of herb twice a day on an empty stomach or with food. For best results choose extract capsules rather than crude herb and use both.
Supplements that help allergenic inflammation
Quercetin is a plant pigment found in many foods such as onions, apples, berries, tea and grapes. It is not a nutrient, but rather classified as a flavonoid. In human cell culture studies, it has been shown to inhibit histamine release.
Capsules or tablets: take one to 2 caps or tabs (500 mg) 1-3 times daily
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient for humans and is known for its immune supporting and anti-inflammatory effects and properties.
Capsules or tablets: take 500-1,000 mgs one to 3 times a day