Friday, August 26, 2011


God Bless you! Gesundheit! Salud! Na zdravlje! I Sveikata! Afiyat Bashe!
Got a case of the sneezies and itchy eyes?  I know I do! But those of you who know me know that I will try always try to cure anything with a home remedy before going to the doctor. In my experience it's better to use a home remedy that tackles the root and not just masks the symptoms. If you're like me and are hesistant to run to the drug store, try these tips:

Local Honey

When I first heard of this remedy it made sense. Local honey is made by local bees that use local pollen. Makes perfect sense - kind of like a vaccine. It helps build an immunity. What I didn't expect was for it to work so FAST. Allergies hit me yesterday for the first time and I took two teaspoons last night and one this morning. I haven't sneezed all day! I was amazed. I fully expected it to take at least a week for this to kick in. Buy a jar of local honey and take a little bit each night and morning to build up an immunity to local plants.

Neti Pot

I've never used a Neti Pot but I know so many people who swear by them. They use a saline solution to clear out your sinuses. I keep thinking about using one, but I can't quite get past the idea of running water through my sinuses. (Have you used a Neti Pot? Do you have any feedback?)

Hot Shower

If you've been outside chances are the allergens are on you. Take a hot shower. Get all those icky pollens off your skin and out of your hair. The steam is helpful as well!

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint's benefits extend well beyond its delicious smell; the essential oils acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.
To make peppermint tea: Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water, and steep for five minutes. (You can inhale the steam for added benefit). Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink. (Care of Discovery Health) Add local honey to your tea for a boosted effect!


Water helps flush your system and keep you clean. We need it more than we realize. Be aware of how much water you consume and drink more during allergy season!

Hope these tips help you! They certainly help me!


  1. Neti pots are wonderful! We use them. But Do not use anything but distilled water when using them. (Sometimes tap water has unwanted things in it.) the herb Fenugreek (Found at most health food stores.added to the peppermint is good for allergy relief also. In addition, it also calms upset tummies.

  2. Ray and I both use a neti pot and love it! The key is to talk (or sing) while using it so the water runs out the other nostril and not down your throat or anything. I don't use it daily like some people, but when I've gotten a sinus infection and used it, it's definitely shortened the time span (AND i haven't had to go on meds, like I used to have to). And if my allergies bother me, I'll use it to flush out whatever might have camped up there from my time outdoors. Hope that helps! :) Katherine