Allergies

Allergy Season – Again?! Part 2

It’s that time again! Allergy season is here and in our last post, we went over some ways to prevent allergy issues naturally. Now, we’re back with even more tips for keeping those nasal passages, sinuses, lungs, and eyes feeling clear and calm all season long. Here are 5 more ways to deal with your allergies naturally:

  1. Eat Healthy: We know – this seems like a no brainer but studies have shown that a healthy diet can make a huge difference in allergy symptoms. Start nourishing your body right with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, organic lean meats, and nuts. Try to cut back on dairy or other inflammatory foods, which can generate a lot of mucus.
  2. Try the Neti Pot: Nasal rinses and neti pots can be great for clearing out pollen or allergens that may be in your nose. We have neti pot kits from Himalayan Institute that are a great way to get started. Gently flush once in the morning and once in the evening to keep those nasal passages clear!
  3. Supplement: There are many allergy support supplements out there, but one of the best we can recommend is Metagenics Sinuplex, which delivers vitamin C, quercetin, nettle root extract, and other natural ingredients that can help you support healthy sinuses and respiratory function.
  4. Drink More Water: Besides being good for your skin, more fluids can mean detoxifying your body, which is great for your immune system overall. Drinking more water can also help you thin the mucus in your nasal passages. Feeling stuffy? Broth, teas, or hot soup can do the trick of giving you hydration and steam.
  5. Clean Up: Keeping your home clean and neat with natural cleaners can also help you during allergy season. You wouldn’t believe how much pollen gets into carpets, upholstery, sheets, linens, and everything in between! Vacuum regularly and keep things from getting dusty to soothe troubled sinuses.

Have another way you stave off allergy season naturally? Share it with us in the comments!

 

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Allergy Season – Again?! Part 1

ACHOO! Just when you think you’ve gotten past flu and cold season, the sneezing starts up again. Allergy season is in full swing and at OVitaminPro.com, we’ve been looking at ways to stave off the pollen and start feeling better naturally. In fact, we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 things to do to care for your allergies naturally when that hay fever kicks in! Here’s our first 5:

  1. Up Your Glutathione Intake: Glutathione is an essential antioxidant for preventing aging, but it can also help your body with all of its key detox processes, which means a boosted immune system. Glutathione supplements, like LifeWave Glutathione patches, can help you boost this naturally occurring substance in your body for allergy support.
  2. Purify Your Air: Air purification systems in your home can make a HUGE difference in your air quality as well as your allergies. Consider shutting those windows and trying out air filters, which can remove a majority of the particles from indoor air.
  3. Try Butterbur: Some studies have shown that butterbur’s extract, Ze 339, is an alternative therapy that can work as well as some antihistamines. It’s a natural way to help out those nasal allergies!
  4. Soothe Bronchial Tubes: All of that coughing and sneezing and sniffling is bound to do a number on your bronchial tubes. Try Ivy Calm by Integrative Therapeutics. This Ivy Leaf Syrup can support better lung and bronchial health, soothing troubled bronchial passages and reducing irritation.
  5. Scrub up: If you’ve been out in the yard, enjoying the outdoors, or doing anything that might put you in contact with pollen, you’re probably bringing that pollen back in on your clothes. Take a shower after spending time outside or make sure to change your clothes whenever you’ve been around higher concentrations of pollen. The steam from the shower should help you too!

In part two of this series, we’ll go over 5 other ways to soothe those allergies naturally!

 

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It’s About Thyme

Thymus Vulgaris Supplement Drops by Wise Woman Herbals

Thymus Vulgaris Supplement Drops by Wise Woman Herbals

You may have this in your kitchen, but did you know that it can also help with seasonal sinus infections? It’s true.

Thyme (usually seen as Thymus vulgaris) has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and is widely found in our homes as a spice, as well as in many personal care products. In fact, many mouthwashes use thyme (thymol, the essential oil) and combine it with menthol and eucalyptol (essential oils of eucalyptus) to kill bacteria.

In use for your sinuses, thyme can aid in killing harmful bacteria that can further cause negative effects to your immune system. Many choose to add thyme to their diets through cooking, but for an additional boost, you can try using essential thyme oil or supplements that contain thyme to support fungal infections, coughs, bronchitis, and yes, even those pesky sinus infections that seem to crop up all winter long.

As for uses, most people tend to use a thyme supplement in drop form, to be mixed with water. Some also use this essential oil (with proper care and instruction) in nasal washes, or for aromatherapy.

At OVitaminPro, we do carry several thyme supplements, including Wise Woman Herbals Thymus vulgaris which contains the dry, organic, flowering herb of thyme in a base of organic alcohol and spring water for easy use.

 

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