I will be throwing a surprise healthy note in amongst a few recipes and
hope you will enjoy this simple post.
I used several sources, including “Prevention” magazine (April, 2014 and
December, 2013) and “Natural Awakenings” (May, 2014 edition of our local
First of all, seasonal allergies are the worst! I hear several of my friends and
coworkers who have these problems and wished to share a few suggestions,
using natural and healthy choices.
A moderate intensity workout, a ‘jog,’ can actually help your symptoms!
Who would have thought, since you will need to be outdoors to jog around?
Thailand did this study, exercise may decrease the body’s release of irritating
histamines and other biological mediators. So, this means you can’t use the
allergies as an ‘excuse’ until you have seen if this helps your symptoms!
Another way to naturally ‘cure’ your allergies is a traditional Chinese way
of handling many ailments: Acupuncture has been known to decrease
patients’ dependence on medications, even with allergies. I always like
the way the Chinese say, “Acupuncture brings the body into balance.”
Checking out your intake of fruits can actually help you. Your diet can be
making your allergies worse. 1/3 of patients with seasonal allergies, have
immune systems that react to the proteins in foods, in a similar fashion as
the grass, dust and other things that set you off. People with ragweed
allergies typically have reactions to watermelons, cantaloupe and honey
dew melons. People who have found to be allergic to ‘birch tree pollen’
(pretty specific, huh?!) have been found to react to kiwifruit, apples, pears,
peaches, plums, coriander, fennel, parsley, celery, cherries, carrots, hazel-
nuts and almonds. My mother is allergic to grass and some weeds, but liked
gardening so much she would try so hard to just use the next method of
handling her allergies.
Pollen clings to clothes, our shoes, skin surfaces, hair, even eyelashes.
When you have hiked or worked in the yard, your common sense may
tell you to go ‘rinse off,’ but you may dilly dally, sit and have a drink of
pop, water or iced tea. By sitting down, you have created a pollen transfer
to your furniture. This is so fascinating and an easy way to picture this!
So, this is described in the April, ’14 “Prevention,” like this:
“Taking a shower at night, in addition to in the morning washes the stuff
away and helps you avoid allergen torture while you sleep. Gross but
true: Pollen also clings to the mucus in your nasal passages, so you should
rinse your nose.”
The “Neti Pot” is known for helping people stave off colds and also, to clear
mucus passages, with a saline solution. This is another ‘new’ cure, that I
thought some of you had not tried with allergies.
I liked another passage’s descriptive powers, in the same magazine:
“One route to relief is to treat pollen like a nighttime bandit. Keep your
windows and doors shut tight.”
You may already know about the ‘magical’ powers of ‘butterbur’ as a potent
herb, which contains compounds that block the chemicals released when
you are getting an allergic reaction. A Swiss trial was conducted, using the
amount of 8 mg. tablets of butterbur extract 4 times a day did relieve
the allergic symptoms, just as well as the antihistamine cetrizine. You
can find this in “Zyrtec” and other products similar in its content.
Other natural plant-based treatments include stinging nettle, quercetin
that is found in a number of foods, like grapes, tea, onions and tomatoes,
along with spirulina. This is a nutty tasting nutrient rich, type of algae.
You can take this as a supplement or throw it into a smoothie, as it
can be purchased in powder form, one scoop will do the ‘cure!’
Probiotics have become a popular topic, but even while fighting
allergies, guarding your gut, can really help your system manage
better. Scientists and researchers feel that by regulating your immune
system, through the use of probiotics, found in some food products,
like Activia yogurt and you can also purchase in a supplement form.
They have been found to counteract the inflammation in your body,
that causes allergic symptoms.
I hope some of these natural ways to handle your seasonal allergies
will help you or your family members.
I found out that you can use oil from your pantry as a ‘cure’ for
vaginal dryness. Plant-based oils are safe and non-irritating to
use as lubricants, if needed in a ‘pinch.’ This is from Dr. Mary Jane
Minkin. For longer term relief, use a gel or cream moisturizer. An
alternative is coconut oil, but check on a small surface, just in case
Now, for some simple ‘cures’ for stomach stress!
If your stomach is in ‘knots:’
Try valerian root extract.
If you are feeling ‘bloated:’
Drink hot water with lime.
(I have tried this, since I read it, and it works!)
If you have an upset stomach and/or
Chew a handful of fennel seeds.
(But not if you have ‘birch tree’ allergies. See above!
I cannot eat foods with fennel seeds, I have found, but
as far as I know am not allergic to any trees! Smile!)
If you feel nauseated:
Try ginger slices.
(I like to drink ginger ale or ginger tea.)
If you ate too much:
Sip fresh lemon balm tea.
(I like to include a slice of lemon, often with just
hot water, if I feel like I am ‘too full’ and need to
get my tummy feeling better, or the lime slice.)
Here are just a few simple recipes I culled for this post:
Strawberry Peanut Butter Toast
Top 2 slices of multigrain or whole wheat toast with 2 T.
(tablespoons) of peanut butter. I have recently been liking
the Natural Peanut Butter, with simply peanuts and a little
bit of salt in the recipe. The recipe suggests you try an Organic
Layer with sliced strawberries and for a ‘twist’ add chia seeds
(1 tsp. teaspoonful)
The “Healthy Elvis” Sandwich
This serves 2 people.
4 slices of multigrain or whole wheat bread
3 T. (tablespoons) of almond butter
4 tsp. (teaspoonsful) of crumbled crisp bacon
(about 2 slices were used, the brand given, “Applegate.”)
1 T. (tablespoon) of honey
1/2 tsp. (teaspoon) cinnamon
1 lg. banana
1. Arrange bread in even layer on a clean work surface.
2. Stir together almond butter, bacon, honey and cinnamon
in a small bowl.
3. Spread this concoction on bread, dividing it evenly on the
4. Slice banana and put on top of two of the slices of bread.
5. Put sandwiches together, the ones with bananas make the
bottom of each sandwich, (don’t want to tip them over!)
6. Put the two sandwiches on a heated grill, I used a little olive oil
or you could splurge with a touch of butter on this! Grilling this
will make amazing sandwiches. Scrumptious!
(If you must know the calorie count is 418 calories for just one
of the sandwiches.)
And, I really missed the idea of marshmallow fluff, which my Dad
always included in his pretend “Elvis” sammies.