You may have noticed I went AWOL on Monday -- but it's okay because technically it was a holiday, right? I'm just landing right in the middle of my winter blues these days, so I'm trying to do my best to keep my head above water and not spiral down, as I have been wont to do in the past. I'm hesitant to mention that online at the risk of sounding all cry-for-help. It's not all that bad, really. It's just this horrid weather makes me glum and is then compounded by the fact that my allergies are acting up again. That means I'm rubbing my eyeballs so hard that I've nearly pushed them into my skull and I've given up on wearing my contacts so I look like a certified nerd 24/7. Also, like, I know I'm new to allergies but aren't you supposed to get them when the weather changes? Why the fresh hell are my eyes flipping out in the middle of winter? Hardly seems fair.
But as they often do, my own troubles set in motion a fair amount of research that I'd now like to share with you if your little guys (or you, yourself) are being hounded by the beasts of allergies. I've put together a handy list of natural allergy remedies that I am hoping will sooth the fury of my eyeballs. It's pretty clear that my winter allergies are the result of mold, dust mites, and other icky things that are kicked up when furnace is turned on, so alongside all these remedies I'm trying to stay super on top of keeping my house clean, getting a fresh shower curtain this weekend, and washing my humidifier more often. I will be:
Drinking Nettle Tea (I think I'm going to add some raspberry leaf and peppermint tea to the mix as well to make it extra potent!) Make sure you let tea cool sufficiently when your little ones are drinking it. My mom would make me tea when I was a child and I loved plopping an ice cube into it to cool it down.
Adding Kefir to morning granola. You can use yogurt, kombucha, or any other probiotic-heavy foods. I just happen to love kefir, and cannot tolerate yogurt or kombucha.
Using my humidifier religiously. But this includes cleaning it religiously, which I am admittedly less great about doing.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. My sister is an ACV devotee, and I have been through seasons of life where I've been good about drinking it, but to be honest it's just disgusting to me. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be coming back into my life with a vengeance. I can't decide if I'll just take a shot and wash it down with water or mix a spoonful in a glass of water with a touch of honey.
Eating Quercetin-rich foods like citrus, broccoli, onions, apples, lettuce, and wine!!!!!! You had me at wine.
Eating a spoonful of local honey from a source as close to where you live. I haven't done this one yet, but will be checking out the farmer's market this weekend with this specific mission in mind.
Taking turmeric: Cooking with it or taken in pill form should help alleviate allergies. I have turmeric pills from when I was convinced it helped my hair grow longer and thicker, so I've been taking them again.
If you have any advice you could send my way, I'd appreciate it! I hate taking allergy medication, but I'm back to worshipping at the altar of Zycam.