Making weird guttural noises to scratch your throat?
Constantly scratching your skin?
Sneezing in multiples?
Rubbing grainy feeling eyes?
You have entered the realm of allergy and explanation season.
If you’re anything like me, you’re looking to exhibit at least 3 of these symptoms before being comfortably removed from the flu zone these days.
I dub it explanation season, because the need to constantly explain our tissue wielding behaviour is constant - that and finding new and "unsuspecting" ways to sneeze...
I’m almost immune to the side stare…almost!
In the meantime, each year I hone my inner herbalist to perfect my plant powered medicines. I’m not at all missing the drowsiness and digestive upset from OTC antihistamines. You wont, either.
If you find your skin flares during this time of year, it’s time to switch up your shower routine. The cooler the shower the better! I know, I know. But it works.
Follow up with soothing butters - shea is naturally anti-inflammatory and even more so when formulated with protective plant extracts. You can also opt for naturally fragranced or fragrance-free creams.
My favourite herb of choice? Nettles, the gift that keeps on giving!
Make a long brew herbal infusion, store in a glass jar in the fridge and drink half cup twice a day until finished. Finish within the week. You can safely drink nettles throughout the entire allergy season.
Incorporating a diet rich with anti-inflammatory foods is key.
Cooking? Add a bit more garlic. Oatmeal for breakfast. Cozy up with a book and some Ginger & Chamomile tea. My personal favourite beverage of choice.....GOLDEN MILK.
We’re going to survive this season together, Friend!!