Spring is vastly approaching and I can't wait to thaw out! This winter has been honestly pretty cold, even down here in South Carolina where our winters are pretty temperate. I am excited though, because Spring is one of my favorite seasons right after Summer ( I was born in August, don't judge me!) But for many people, spring is the season that many dread because they deal with seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies, or allergies in general are often the result of a weakened immune system. In spring, your allergies are triggered by the plants and flowers shedding their pollen early. But if you look back to your winter activities, to include a sedentary lifestyle often trapped indoors and eating more heavy and processed foods that are more than likely laden with sugar, you can see how they can dampen your immune system. Add in the stress of daily life and you have a great equation for a weakened immune system that can trigger allergies.
So what is a general solution?
A great liver detox! The liver is the organ that removes many of your body's toxins and it affects your allergies. Key things that you need to remove from your lifestyle or to cut down on to aid in your liver functioning properly are drinking alcohol, smoking, and ingesting caffeine ( yes coffee drinkers, that means you too). Also cut down on fried foods, dairy, processed foods, and white foods ( pasta, white bread, bagels, crackers).
Starting you day with a glass of water containing freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice each morning is a quick and inexpensive way to jump start your liver detox. I personally use a few drops of Doterra lemon essential oil in my water in the morning and throughout the day. The antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables, especially lemons help to reduce the inflammation in your liver and it helps to boost your immune function.
Including herbs into your lifestyle is another great way to help detox your liver and help to increase immune function. Some of my favorite herbs that I suggest to my clients to help alleviate their seasonal allergies are:
Nettle: natural anti-inflammatory and great to drink as an infusion ( using the loose leaves)
Echinacea: helps to balance and boost up the immune system
Rose Hips: naturally high in vitamin C , natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory
Mullein: natural expectorant, decongestant and a great sedative to the respiratory mucous membrane
Violet: natural expectorant and decongestant that also soothes irritated mucous membranes of the lungs
Golden seal: natural anti-imflammatory and it helps reduce and soothe swollen, irritated tissues. Great for airborne allergies.
I'd highly recommend my simple detox tea to help provide a gentle daily cleansing in addition to drinking the warm lemon water daily and my Mucus Buster herbal tea to help with respiratory ailments that are often triggered with seasonal allergies.
Also take a look at your diet and you may want to consider adding these foods to help you your body cleanse itself naturally as well as assist you in adding more nutrients into your diet:
Collard Greens or any other Green leafy vegetable
Garlic and onions
Please remember that almost everyone needs to detox, or cleanse themselves on a regular basis not just people who suffer from allergies. With these pauses in our lifestyles, we allow our bodies to rest and rejuvenate themselves. Essentially most allergies are a sign of an overworked liver that needs a thorough cleansing and a break. When we eat a balanced a diet that keeps our bodies regular, we need less intensive detoxification and allergy symptoms tend to decrease and often eliminate themselves.
If you have allergies, consider one or more of these cleansing and detox products to help ease the load on your bodies detoxification process. If you can’t commit to a detox right now but want a more natural solution to your allergies, check out these Natural Allergy Relief supplements and products.
*Statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products suggested above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,or prevent any disease. This information provided is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.
LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier is a multi-passionate women's holistic health coach, who is dedicated to helping women overcome issues with their womb. As a uterine cancer survivor and a woman living with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) she knows first hand how important holistic health is in helping women to heal themselves. This blog chronicles her health journey as well as provide tip and tools for others to utilize on their holistic health path.