|Sweet William (I love that name)|
The first thing I bought that I realized that helped a lot is Organic Breathe Easy Rub by the Honest Company. (I buy a lot of products from them and love them). This rub is similar to vaporubs, but it is made with natural and organic products. It is also petroleum and menthol free for those of you who prefer not to use those things. I put some on the bottom of my feet, my chest, and nose before bed each night. I read somewhere (not sure where, pinterest is all I remember) that if you rub vaporub on your feet it helps with breathing and coughing. I bought the Breathe Easy rub when I got sick this past winter and realized how well it worked. I also started using different teas from Traditional Medicinals. Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler 16 Count Box is the one I order. It contains Gypsy Cold Care, Echinacea Plus, Throat Coat, and Breathe Easy teas. I use these tea blends for all manner of illnesses. I read a blog post that spoke about using nettle in tea to help with allergies. (Fresh Bites Daily) I use a strainer and mix nettle with either Gypsy Cold Care or Breathe Easy for sinus and/or allergy relief. I get my herbs from either a local store or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Finally, in my desire to learn more about essential oils as a part of promoting natural health, I purchased Breathe from DoTerra. A bit of this works wonders. It can be used in the same way that I mentioned for the rub, but the main difference is that this blend is an oil, not a cream. Oils can be diffused into the air to promote healthy breathing throughout the whole night. I like the drops that are available as well. They function like cough drops, but are natural and focus on respiration. This helps with pressure in my face and head as well. I've found that when I do these things to help with my sinus and allergy symptoms my headaches are slim to none.
I haven't found a "cure" for sinus and allergy problems, but everything I have described in this post has helped immensely. It is easy to put a teabag in my purse if I'm going somewhere, drop some Breathe Drops in there too. I have read many conflicting studies about nutrition. Some claim that gluten causes allergies, others claim that dairy is the culprit. I don't fancy an elimination diet to find out what I cannot eat because I eat the healthiest I can (most of the time, I mean...cookies = weakness). I have also heard that consuming local organic honey instead of sugar helps (I buy Mesquite honey from Albertson's) and I've heard that apple cider vinegar helps. ACV helps with a number of things and I encourage everyone to make it part of their diet anyway. I promote healthy living and being in nature is part of that. So, if you need allergy and/or sinus relief, try some of these alternative remedies for yourself. Let me know if anything else has worked for you!
Light and Love,
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