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Got Allergies?

Springtime in the Northwest is our favorite time of year. After a long Winter of introspection, seedlings begin to sprout and blossoms bloom. Many of us are drawn to spend more time outside, open windows and doors, and connect with friends and family.

The change of seasons also brings more responsibilities such as deadlines, house projects, landscaping, social obligations and of course allergies. But why do some of us get allergies, while others don't, and what can be done about it?

Allergies come in all shapes and sizes, but mainly we experience sneezing, congestion, sore throats and runny noses. If we look at allergies from a GNM (Germanic New Medicine) perspective, we can see these systems expand and contract during a "stink conflict."

Perhaps you've had allergies in the past and your limbic system recognizes a familiar sight or smell. It anticipates having a reaction, thus creates a conflict- "this stinks." In response the nasal passages open (for better ability to smell/ recognize danger and thus protect you), then as healing occurs, we experience inflammation and extra fluid.

Perhaps you are stuck inside most of the day and strongly desire to be out with friends or in the garden.... "this stinks." When you are finally able to be outside, this conflict is healed, and with healing comes symptoms.

Perhaps there are a lot of projects that need to be completed this time of year, and you just flat out don't want to put your energy there... "this stinks."

Are you getting this gist of it? Now that we can correlate this conflict with its' physiological consequence, we know better how to support the body in healing. Those sniffles and sneezes are no mistake, but the resolution of a stink conflict.

Through all these inner workings and adaptations, the body still requires good health and cellular function, especially in times of dis-ease. To support the body through allergy season, consider the following:

- Re-parent yourself and do the work to create a new perspective around these things that "stink." In doing so you can break the cycle and prevent this from becoming a seasonal thing.

- Stand barefoot on the earth for a few minutes daily

- Rinse sinuses morning and night (I like Xlear or Argentyn23 or Propolis nasal sprays)

- Increase antioxidants and polyphenols in diet (lots of colorful fruits and veggies).

- Supplements that can be helpful: Natural D-Hist, Quercetin Phytosome, Stinging nettle, bromelain, HCl, NAC, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, raw local honey and bee pollen, local homeopathic nosodes.

- Homeopathic remedies to consider: Alium cepa, Euphrasia, Pusatilla, Nux Vomica, Kali Bichromium (check in with your local ND or Homeopath, as these are best catered to your individual needs, and there are many options).

- Hydrate well, adding sea salt or electrolytes (such as LMNT) throughout the day

- Prioritize sleep; magical things happen when you sleep.


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