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Natural Relief From Seasonal Allergies That Actually Work
I Hate Allergies
Allergy season can be a major bummer for those of us who suffer from severe allergies. I’ve suffered from allergies all my life. I remember not being able to sleep because I was so congested. For 3 to 4 months out of the year I felt like I had one, big, continuous, cold.
Then finally in my 20s I developed this cough that wouldn’t go away. After 3 months of non-stop coughing I finally decided to go to the doctors. I was prepared to be given some antibiotic for this apparent pneumonia. but to my shock the doctor prescribes an Albuterol inhaler, and Claritin. He diagnosed me with a severe case of bronchitis. I only thought people with asthma were given inhalers.
I was very distraught at the thought of sucking down these chemicals into my lungs. But I didn’t see any alternative so I listened to the doctor. The first few weeks I noticed no difference in my nasal congestion. The inhaler worked for only 20 minutes then I was back to my coughing fits. And on top of, that the inhaler made me jittery. I felt like I was on drugs. Finally after a couple of weeks my cough went away. But then not even a month later I got sick again with a cold and this time it was back with a vengeance. I didn’t want to use the inhaler or the allergy pills any longer so I decided to research some natural alternatives.
The Salt Pipe Inhaler
After much research I came across what is know as a salt pipe. This natural product was recommended by Dr. Oz and featured on his show. A salt pipe is a natural inhaler, usually made from ceramic, containing mineralized salt. You place the pipe in your mouth. Inhale through your mouth and exhale through your nose. Most manufactures recommend using the pipe twice a day for 10 minutes. The mineralized salt cleanses your airways with each breath. It lessens the inflammations in the airways. Salt pipes have been shown to relieve allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis and even asthma. I know of people who have seen significant improvement in their symptoms after 2 weeks of use. I’m not suggesting you ditch your asthma meds. Always consult your doctor before beginning any treatments. Salt pipes are completely safe. Most of them contain mineralized salt crystals from the Himalayans. This is great for pregnant women and children.
I was so convinced by all the wonderful testimonies that I decided to purchase one. I bought mines on Amazon. It’s called the Therapipe. With shipping and handling It was about $51. The Therapipe was so easy to use. I inhaled the salt for about 10 minutes. I breathed normally. There is no need to suck in like you do with and inhaler, or you might hyperventilate. Using the pipe was pretty relaxing. I noticed results immediately. After the first couple of breaths, I started to cough. I wasn’t a dry cough I was coughing up all the stuff in my lungs (yuck!). This thing also cleared my sinuses too. I kept having to blow my nose, every couple of breaths. I like this thing a lot. I use it every morning and evening for 10 minutes. The goal is to use the salt pipe 20 minutes a day.
The Neti Pot
The Neti Pot is another natural alternative. It also involves using salt. But instead of salt crystals, Neti Pots use salt water. Neti Pot are great for clearing the sinuses. It provides nasal irrigation therapy. Basically your pouring salt water in your nose. But before you run away, let me explain how it works. The Neti pot looks like a ceramic teapot. You fill it with lukewarm salt water. Tilt your head at a 45 degree angle. Place the spout in one nostril and begin pouring. It will come out of the other nostril. Its not as uncomfortable as it sounds. I’ve used it before and liked it. It doesn’t hurt like when you get pool water in your nose. The key is not to breath in through your nostril. You just gently pour it in your nose. And you’ll have a little stream coming out the other side. Its pretty funny to watch someone use this. It comes with detailed instructions so its idiot proof. The Neti pot offers instant relief from sinus congestion. It washes pollen and other irritants from your sinuses.
Another unconventional product I’ve discovered is Honey, Yes Honey. I’m not suggesting you stick this in your nose. You just eat it. Eating locally made honey could help you this allergy season. How you may ask? While results are inconclusive, honey may work to vaccinate you against the local allergies. Here’s how it works. Honey bees fly from flower to flower gathering nectar. Some of the pollen ends up in the bees stomach. He later vomits this up in the honey comb. And voila you have honey. The theory is that when this honey is ingested by humans, we gain some immunity from the pollen. This could work to lessen allergies if the honey is eating every day.
So I hope these natural remedies offer you some relief this allergy season. They have worked wonders for me. Cheers!