Is Natural Allergy Relief Possible?

Spring has sprung down in the south and that means allergies are kicking.  While traditional medications work most of the time, we can’t spend the day in a hazy fog.  Not that we prefer sneezing, crying, or not breathing through our noses.  What’s a team to do?  Go natural.  Some natural alternatives work quickly and others need time.  All work fairly well for us.

Local honey is a tried and true alternative.  Why local?  Because the pollen the bees use come from the flowers native to our azaleas 2013location.  A little honey every day helps one build resistance to the pollen and the allergies that come with it. Our allergies are less severe as a result, and we get to have a little honey every day.  That’s a win to us.  Other foods that are said to clear the sinuses are horseradish, hot peppers, and hot mustard.

When congestion rears its ugly head, we turn to saline solutions.  A good saline rinse will temporarily open nasal passages and make it possible for us to breathe freely.  It’s a shame that the relief is only temporary because saline rinses work.  There are many ready made saline solutions available – they come in bottles similar to the old school nasal sprays.  Basically you tilt your head, spray, and let the saline work its magic.  While we haven’t tried a neti pot yet, we’re looking at them in a new light. A neti pot a vessel for a saline rinse and people swear by them.

Herbal and homeopathic options are out there, too.  Butterburr and  Stinging Nettle have reported benefits as alternative antihistamines.  One study reports buttterburr as effective as the active ingredient in Zyrtec.   Homeopathic remedies work like local honey does.  The type of remedy one uses is determined by the type of symptoms and allergies he/she has.  For instance, a person suffering with watery eyes may take a different solution than one who has sinus pain and pressure.

When we posted a question about allergy relief on our Facebook wall, a fan told us about another option we hadn’t heard of previously.  A liver cleanse.  The liver is the body’s processor; it metabolizes food and processes fluids.  Keeping it at optimal condition should do the trick, but we haven’t tried it.

Something that works wonders is simple – cleaning.  Wash bed linens after and consider covers for your pillows and mattresses that block allergens.  Sweep, vacuum, dust, and mop at least weekly; more often as you can and wear a dust mask if you need to. If you can get rid of your carpet, consider it.  One of our team members reports better breathing since she pulled the carpet out of her home.

How are you fighting your allergies this season?  Tell us about it on Twitter, Facebook, or G+.  We have a few home remedies pinned on Pinterest.  Do you?

For more information about Noir Naturals, including our new Soap Club, visit us on NoirNaturals.com. 

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About Noir Naturals

The idea behind Noir Naturals stems from the good ole days as some would say it. We often sit back and remember the days when we were children playing outside all day. Dusk would be approaching and our mothers and grandmothers would call us inside. When inside an old black and white classic of Andy Griffith would be playing on television. Granny would tell us to run out to the garden, get a tomato and bring it in. She’d slice it up and we’d have it for dinner. The memories of those days still permeate our minds and it symbolizes a simple, safe, natural time in our lives. In those days one could leave the doors unlocked at night without worry. Our great grandmothers churned butter, made and cut soap for use at home. That was the norm back then. While Netflix and others do a great job of listing Noir movies for us to relive some of the ole days, we wanted to continue those days in more of a practical way today. In the ole days things were natural and not made with chemicals. We therefore wanted to go back to those times and make products that are not only good for your skin and body, but are also pure, natural, simple and safe, just as the ole days were. Our products are paraben free, not tested on animals and do not contain any artificial dyes or pigments. We invite you to go back in times with us to those good ole days, with our Noir Naturals products, to experience Yesterday Once More. To learn more about Noir Naturals, visit www.NoirNaturals.com or give us a call at 1-985-590-5461. View all posts by Noir Naturals

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