Since Sheena talked about her daughter's food allergies yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to share my free tips on how you can get that annoying allergy itch out of your nose.
I have had seasonal allergies my whole life. I was on a prescription allergy medication as a child that tasted so disgusting, I usually locked myself in the bathroom and spit it out. I hated taking it. I didn't get to spend much time outdoors because my allergies would flare up. It was a miserable childhood. I will never forget the summer I had hay fever... I don't wish that upon anyone.
As I've *ahem* aged and learned more about my immune system, I have found ways to naturally reduce my seasonal allergies and eliminated the use of prescriptions or over the counter drugs. But that story is for a different day. Today I just want to share some things you can do for free to help yourself and your family breathe a little easier.
1. Ditch the scented candles and air fresheners. I know, I know. It's fall. It's Christmas. It's time to smell like pumpkin, cinnamon and cookies. But synthetic fragrances can be just as harmful as second hand smoke. They linger in our homes causing breathing difficulties. For a more natural seasonal smell, try making this from the Happy Health Truth.
2. Change your hand soap. Along the same lines of candles and air fresheners, these products have synthetic fragrances added that can add to your breathing issues. Opt for an unscented version.
3. Go unscented in the laundry room. When you wash your clothes with scented detergents and fabric softeners, your body is in constant contact with those smells. Many brands make an unscented version.
Physical reactions to fragrances are categorized as (1) Respiratory – allergic and non-allergic asthma, reactive airway dysfunction syndrome, (2) Neurological – migraines, nausea, dizziness, mental confusion,(3) Skin – irritation, sensitization, and (4) Eye – tearing, inflammation.
Those three ways listed above are great ways to get started and are cheap or free. I know many of us use these products and we LOVE the smells. They are comforting. I get it! I used to use everything but have felt a dramatic difference since changing brands or eliminating. If you are an allergy sufferer or even have any of the symptoms listed in the quote above, I strongly encourage you to just try eliminating some fragrance from your life. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Have you tried eliminating fragrance and noticed a difference?