Here are a few things to try if you would like to avoid using either
over-the-counter or prescription drugs:
- Acupuncture is an excellent approach which treats both the symptoms and the root cause. Two great acupuncturists in the NYC area that I’ve worked with: Carrie Cegelis and Victoria Allen.
- Local raw honey and/or bee pollen (not if you’re allergic or for children under 1 year) can be eaten daily, preferably weeks prior to the pollen season. It’s believed to help build your immunity to the pollen. May be an old wives tale, but it’s worth a try!
- Meditation is the best way to alleviate stress which also contributes to allergies, believe it or not.
- Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water will help to thin that annoying mucus.
- Eliminate dairy and sugar as much as possible. Dairy can often thicken mucus and sugar suppresses your immune system.
- Eat/drink more nettle. Many allergy sufferers swear by it plus it’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Great for your bones and adrenal glands also. If you can’t find any, here is a great source: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/.
- And last, but not least, the Neti pot. Its use has actually become quite mainstream and you should be able to find one even in your local drugstore. I prefer the ceramic over the plastic. Using a Neti pot will help to flush out irritants and thin the mucus (promise that’s the last time I’ll use that word!). It’s a great practice to add to your daily routine, but especially during a cold or in allergy season. Be sure to use warm water and the correct type (non-iodized) and amount of salt or it will sting. There should be no discomfort whatsoever. (If you are so stuffed that nothing is moving, a more forceful option is a nasal syringe which can be found in most health food stores.) The Neti pot is obviously an easy target to poke fun at and there are numerous gross videos out there, but I chose the least offensive!