By TL Grace West
Have you seen a cloud of what looks like smoke on a windy day and wondered where the fire was? If there isn’t a fire, most likely this is cedar pollen. March winds stir up what for some on Ocracoke is the beginning of allergy season. Many islanders head for over-the-counter antihistamines; some islanders go to the health center for Rx medicine.
There are natural means to both prevent and treat allergy symptoms. These ideas come from islanders who report success.
First, some common-sense choices for prevention, such as, a decision to commit to a healthy lifestyle that works to keep your immune system ticking helps prevent illness.
A healthy lifestyle means good food, sleep, active mind and regular attention to reducing stress.
According to several islanders, it is worth the effort for better health.
Below are some islander suggestions:
#1. A Neti pot. This simple pot with mild saline solution is used to cleanse the nasal and sinus passages daily. Easy to use and also promotes a good night’s sleep.
#2. Dr. Schulze’s herbal immune boosting products: i.e. Children’s Echinacea and Super Boost tinctures.
#3. Shaklee Immune Boost.
#4. Asea taken daily during whole year, but double-dose during season (Modicule Redox System).
#5. Take vitamin D for immune boost.
#6. Use natural laundry soap and cleaning products to avoid the chemical toxins in many commercial products.
At least two weeks before allergy season it can be helpful to take a high dose of Alfalfa (8-10 tabs/a day) plus Nettles capsules and Nettles tea.
Zinc lozenges taken immediately when you feel symptoms of cold or allergy can prevent full blown attacks.
For treating allergy symptoms, natural products include both Quercetin and Fenugreek capsules for sinus and nasal congestion. Use your Neti pot more than one time daily.
Lifestyle tips include showering with natural soap immediately after being outside, keep the windows shut, use a humidifier (with Vicks), use hankies (not tissue) for blowing your nose. Tissues seem soft but they are actually very fibrous and cause raw noses.
They are also an environmental nightmare to produce, distribute and are full of toxic chemicals. Especially during allergy season vacuum and
dust your house (and furniture, especially the couch) and if you have an inside dog, wash him regularly.
If you are looking for relief without the side effects sometimes experienced with allopathic medicine why not try something natural for allergy relief this season?
Helpful local resources:
- Kim Meacham (Milk Street Soap Co of Ocracoke 252 588 2205) is glad to share her simple non-toxic cleaning recipes/system to make your own cleaning products that can clean anything. She uses five simple ingredients from the grocery store and takes 20 min x1 month to make (cost about $5 total for 6 months of supplies.
Kim also has organic soap, and natural laundry detergent available through Milk Street Soap, Co.
- Laura Hardy (252 588- 0217) is Ocracoke’s Asea Representative. Check out the Asea presentation at the Community Store March 11, 6 p.m.
- Sunflower Center, Back Road, Ocracoke. Carol O’Brien. (252 921-0188) Opening April 1. Mostly homeopathic remedies.
- Vitacost.com for good prices on Neti Pot, and allergy plus products.
- Angie’s Gym, Sand Dollar Rd. (252 928-2496). Affordable daily plus memberships for workout space and many classes for stress reduction.