Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dealing with Allergy Related Congestion

I've been treating my allergies naturally for the past couple of years and I like it enough to continue.  I'm not sure there is one herbal or homeopathic medicine that works for everyone, just as no prescription drug works great for everyone.

What I've learned from treating my allergies naturally is that I have to treat each symptom on its own.  For instance, if I have an itchy throat/nose/face, I reach for Marshmallow root and Astragalus root capsules.  When my eyes are watery and itching, I use homeopathic eye drops. And for my absolute least favorite sypmtom, congestion, I use my least favorite treatment:  the nasal rinse.

Well, actually, it's a love hate relationship with nasal rinse.  I love that it works.  I hate doing it.  It took me some time to learn to realize the benefits of using a nasal rinse.  First time I did it, I expected immediate results with no more congestion.  Although it did relieve some of the sinus pressure I felt, it didn't completely relieve the congestion, so I figured it wasn't for me.  I was wrong.  When congestion comes on, it is smart to treat it with a nasal rinse and then do so a couple of times a day and then daily until congestion is no longer an issue.  Since I've stayed on top of my congestion with the nasal rinse, It's been much more tolerable.  It means a better night's rest and that is worth the discomfort from giving myself the rinse.

So exactaly how does one administer a nasal rinse?  There is something that just doesn't seem right about shooting liquid up your nose.  It's not an intuitive art, so WebMD has a really nice slideshow about it.  I thank the model for doing it.  I don't think I would have wanted to be that model for that.

Make Your Nasal Rinse

1/2 cup of  warm water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
a pinch of baking soda

In a cup, combine ingredients and stir until salt is dissolved.  Use a bulb syringe or other dosing syringe to administer.

Swallow your pride and shoot your nose with some nasal rinse per WebMD's instrucions.  Be sure to have some nice soft tissues on hand.  You'll be glad you did.

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