Posts tagged ‘allergens’

October 2, 2013

The A-Choo Choo Train Has Arrived!

Achoo Choo

Chronic coughing, watery eyes, and sinus pressure is nothing to sneeze about! If you’re an audible reminder of the change of seasons, perhaps it’s time to take your allergies seriously.  When I was younger, I used to hide before coughing, and held in my sneezes (which someone told me would blow out my eardrums and ruin my hearing. So far so good there… although I stopped holding in my sneezes out of that fear.) Here’s your allergy edition of “Did You Know?”

Hopefully you’ll find one or two nuggets of new information that will save your makeup from running, your nose from chaffing, and maybe make you a little more pleasant as we navigate through the fall allergy season.

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Did you know…

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t effectively remove all allergens. They kill bacteria, but not necessarily food proteins, whichcause food allergies.
  • Combatting inflammation is key to keeping your sinuses clear. Spirulina, Eyebright, Butterbur, Bromelain, and Goldenseal have all been recommended for allergy relief.
  • Showering off after spending time outdoors is a huge help in reducing the spread of allergens. A quick rinse after spending time outdoors can help remove allergens from your skin and hair and prevent them from spreading to clothes, furniture, pillowcases, and other surfaces.

A favorite home remedy that takes me back to childhood is the steam bowl. Pour boiling water into a bowl and with a towel over your head, hover your face over the bowl (not too close—it is boiling water!) This creates a steam to breathe in deeply and open up clogged passageways. For an added bonus, add a few drops of  Eucalyptus oil, which has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Ahh!

(BEAUTY TIP: While your pores are open from the steam bowl, wipe Witch Hazel on your face for a natural toner and antiseptic.)

Finally—here are two favorite recipes to soothe and decongest you through allergy season.

Lemon WaterPeppy Lemon Water

Warm lemon water with a few drops of peppermint oil (yep, t

hat’s all. So easy, you can have several detoxing, decongesting cups.)

The lemon water has soothing and detoxing properties, and the peppermint will assist with inflammation.

Hot Cucumber Rolls

Mix together wasabi paste and red pepper hummus (or regular hummus and add crushed red pepper)

Slice crisp red, green, and yellow bell peppers

Thinly slice a cucumber long-ways (not the normal way)

Spread the hummus paste lightly onto half a cucumber slice

Roll two or three pepper slices into each cucumber and secure with a toothpick (for parties, add a almond-stuffed olive or a mint leaf

to the toothpick before securing to the roll.)

The wasabi and red peppers both have elements that work as temporary decongestants and cucumbers are detoxing helpers! All of these are feel-good ingredients to comfort yourself and your allergy-stricken body.

For more holistic tips and remedies, check out or message me at for information on what I use to stay allergy-free (and away from sickness altogether!)