What to Do When Home Allergy Remedies Don’t Work

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Home allergy remedies can work great and they are much better for your health over the long term than popping an allergy pill. However, sometimes it can be frustrating because home allergy remedies might seem like they aren’t working. So what can you do when home allergy remedies don’t work?

1. Access the problem. Why is it that you think that your home allergy remedies aren’t working? Do you feel better at all? Are your allergy symptoms showing any signs of improvement? or Are you under the impression that everything is the same and you aren’t getting any relief?

2. Are you sure that you are using the right home allergy remedy for you? There are a lot of things that can work including essential oils, local honey, neti pots, and diet changes and sometimes it takes some adjustments in order to figure out which one will work the best for you.

3. What kind of allergy or allergies do you have? While you might think that you know what you are dealing with, without a professional diagnosis, you probably don’t. Personally I thought for years that I had only seasonal allergies and hay fever, when in fact I actually had a lot of food allergies and intolerances that I wasn’t aware I had. Once I figured these out, my allergies got a lot better without any home allergy remedy or medicine of any kind.

4. Consider trying acupuncture for your allergies. While this isn’t a home remedy for most people, that is unless, you or someone in your household is an acupuncturist, it can work amazingly well. I’m still surprised at how well it has worked for me.

5. Consider homeopathic allergy drops or remedies. These are a natural alternative to allergy drugs, however, usually you have to get these from some kind of a doctor or health professional.

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Allergy Free Menu Planning for Dummies

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Do you struggle with menu planning because you or maybe even yourself and other members of your household have food allergies or food intolerances and so you have to avoid certain foods when planning menus? Allergy free menu planning can be challenging and trust me, I know. I originally had to avoid 60 foods for 4-6 months and then I had another 20 that I could only eat ever 4 days. In addition I also couldn’t have soy, or sugar and had to eat 3 servings of vegetables for every 1 serving of fruit. I also couldn’t have any gluten or milk products. It was very challenging and annoying to say the least. So all I can say is if I can do it so can you. In fact, I still can’t have gluten or milk products. I still have to be careful with sugar or too much fruit. I still have 5 other foods I can’t have and I have to rotate my original list of 60 foods and only eat them every 4 days so the challenge isn’t over for me. Through this process though I have learned a lot about allergy free menu planning.

Here are some of my best tips:

1. Keep is simple. Trying to create complicated menus or trying to cook foods with lots of ingredients just makes it harder.

2. Plan your full menu at least a week in advance. This makes rotating foods a lot easier.

3. Use a mobile app to keep track of what you have eaten and when. Fooducate and Diet Tracker are two of my favorites.

4. Be willing to explore and to eat new foods or foods you think you don’t like. For example, I hadn’t eaten brussel sprouts in over 10 years and I finally tried them again and actually liked them.

5. Get some tupperware containers to store leftovers of foods that you have to rotate in. This makes it much easier for you to avoid wasting food because it goes rotten before you can eat it.

6. Use the website Allrecipes.com to create recipes for your allergy free menu using your list of ingredients.

7. Network in groups on Facebook, linkedin and Google Plus to find recipes and ideas created by people with similar allergies and diet restrictions.

8. Use pinterest. Seriously though pinterest saved my life and I’m not kidding. I found so many great recipes there that I could eat, I couldn’t believe it.

What other Allergy free menu planning ideas do you have to share? Share them in the comments below.

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7 Questions to Ask About Home Allergy Remedies

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Home allergy remedies are great and they can work really well without the side effects of allergy drugs. However, you want to make sure before you spend a lot of money on your home allergy remedies, that you are going to choose the ones that will work the best for you. Not all home allergy remedies are created equal and some may not work for you and your kind of allergy. So here are seven questions to ask to get them to work in the best way possible.

1. How long does it take the average person of using this home allergy remedy before they get maximum relief? This is important because unlike allergy drugs, it can take a bit of time before you get allergy relief with some of these remedies.

2. How much of the remedy do I need to take? This is important because the amounts may or may not be the same for each person?

3. How often do I need to take the remedy? This is even more important than the amount, because the frequency of usage may change according to the season of the year.

4. What are all of my options for home allergy remedies? This is crucial because one remedy may work great for someone else, but not so much for you.

5. What is the root cause of my allergy symptoms? This is important because different home allergy remedies work for different symptoms and allergy causes and so you need to be very specific and clear about what you are treating.

6. Will I be able to treat my allergies by myself with home remedies? or should I also be getting help from an acupuncturist or other holistic healer. If your allergies are severe you will not be able to get total relief and treatment alone without professional help.

7. Do I have food allergies or intolerances? If so, these will require special treatment that most home remedies will not be able to help support.

The Secret to Getting the Best Price for Your Home Allergy Remedies

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Home allergy remedies can get expensive if you aren’t careful. So how do you avoid racking up a large bill for them and getting the best price possible for your home allergy remedies.

Here are a few tricks you can use:

1. Find out if there is a way to get free products with points, discounts or other deals by purchasing a one time membership for any home allergy remedies that you buy on a regular basis.

2. For things like honey and herbal teas, shop around at various stores including Costco and Sams Club. Figure out where and when they are the least expensive and then buy those things at that time.

3. Make sure that you aren’t using too much of the remedy. It can be easy to overuse a certain remedy so make sure that you only use the amount that you need.

4. If you continue to suffer repeatedly from the same allergies and the same issues over and over again, you need to find a good holistic doctor or practioner and get some professional care and advice instead of trying to heal all of your allergies by yourself. I personally recommend finding a chiropractor and or acupuncturist who specializes in allergies.

5. Purchase your home allergy remedies in bulk when on sale.

6. Check out your local farmers market. You can usually find some great and higher quality remedies to help you there.

Are allergies increasing your snoring?

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Do you snore at night? Are you aware that you are snoring? or maybe you don’t actually snore in that you don’t think you are snoring or you are not making any noises. However, it is possible for you to still be mimicking the act of snoring even if you are not aware of it and even if there is no noise. In addition allergies can be a big cause of snoring more specifically sinus allergies and sinus pressure.

Personally this used to be a big problem for me. I would wake up in the morning, with a headache as a result of sleeping with a clogged nose and partial snoring. So how do you fix this if you have this problem?

Here are some of the things I tried:

1. Breathe Right strips
2. Neti Pot with saline solution right before bed
3. Saline nose sprays
4. Over the counter allergy drugs and sprays
5. Sleeping with a humifidier in my room

While these worked part of the time, most of the time, I still had problems. Finally I went to see an ear, nose and throat doctor and I ended up having sinus surgery since I had a big blockage. See my post on the pros and cons of sinus surgery to help you decide if this is something you should consider.
However, having the surgery didn’t completely solve my problem but it did help quite a bit. Now I just rub a few drops of peppermint oil under my nose before bed and occasionally if I wake up during the night to open up my sinuses and I rarely snore and I rarely wakeup with headaches.

Questions? Comments? Please share below.

What I Wish I’d Known about Allergies Five Years Ago

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Five years ago I was miserable all the time with allergies. I was trying all kinds of medicine and I had pretty much given up that I could ever heal my allergies. Now I know better and here are some of the things I wish I’d known five years ago about allergies.

1. Acupuncture is a very effective method for managing and healing from allergies.

2. Essential oils are great for allergies. Especially the lemon, lavender and peppermint trio as it acts as a natural anti-histimine.

3. Over the counter allergy drugs have long term side effects and are not good for you, no matter what your doctor may tell you.

4. Even if you think you only have seasonal allergies, you may also have food allergies so getting tested for them is a very good idea.

5. Neti Potts are awesome.

6. Getting checked with an ear, nose and throat doctor for any blockages and sinus issues you may have is a very good idea. You should do it sooner or later.

7. Local honey is great for allergies.

Fooducate App for Food Allergies

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If you have food allergies or are just trying to be more health conscious then you are certainly aware of the fact that many foods have hidden allergens and other unhealthy things in them. So how do you know what you are really eating?

I recently discovered a new app for iphone and android that is amazing. It’s called the fooducate app. I installed this app on my android phone. It’s free. The way it works is this:

1. You scan the barcode of any food item or you can look up the food.

2. The app tells you how many calories per serving are in the food. It also gives you a letter rating from A to F and includes additional information such as if the product has known GMOS in it, the amount of processing in the food, the vitamins in it, dieting info and more.

3. You can rate the food based on if you like it or not, share it with others or comment about your experience with the food item.

4. You also are shown alternatives that may be healthier than the given food item.

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10 Reasons Why Aromatherapy is the Best Solution for Managing Your Allergies Naturally

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Many people are surprised when I mention essential oils and aromatherapy as the number one thing that has helped me to manage my allergies. If you have read my story or followed my blog for any length of time, then you know that I have chronic seasonal allergies that aren’t really seasonal as they usually last all year long, as well as hayfever and I’m allergic or intolerant in one form or another to about 50 different foods, or chemicals. This makes managing allergies a real pain. That said, here are ten reasons why I’ve found that aromatherapy is the best solution for managing allergies naturally.

1. Essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral thus making them very powerful forms of medicine.

2. Sinus infections are a major problem for any people with allergies and essential oils can help fight against these.

3. While it might seem contradictory many oils are made from herbs or plants that people are sometimes allergic to. Lavender is a good example. Many people are allergic to lavender yet lavender is one of the most powerful oils for helping ease the pain of red and dry eyes.

4. The cost per dose is inexpensive when compared to other solutions for managing allergies. I used to spend about $60 a month on over the counter allergy meds. Now my oils cost me about $20 a month for managing my allergies.

5. Aromatherapy is based on smell and smell is very powerful for many things and allergies are no exception.

6. There is a variety of options on how to manage allergies with aromatherapy. You are not limited to one formula like you are with other medications or herbs. If the lemon, lavender, peppermint blend which is the number one formula for helping open up your sinuses, and reducing itching and read eyes, doesn’t work, then you can use something else.

7. Aromatherapy can be used for a variety of allergies. It works great for seasonal allergies, but it also works really well for sinus allergies, and can help ease the symptoms from food sensitivities or food intolerances.

8. Many allergens are in the air and so getting and keeping clean air is crucial for managing allergies. Essential oils can be put into a diffuser and when used on a consistent basis can assist in removing allergens from the air.

9. Skin care and bath and body products can be a major source of skin allergies and rashes and essential oils can safely and effectively be used on the skin as a way to cleanse and smell great without allergic reactions.

10. I’ve tried everything you can think of to manage my allergies and essential oils worked the best for me. I don’t know all the reasons why, they just do.

Have you used aromatherapy for allergies? What were your results? Please comment and share.

How to Clear Up an Allergic Reaction

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Having an allergic reaction is never fun and it can be a big hassle. However, it can be relatively easy to clear up once you know what is causing it or how you got the allergic reaction.

1. If you don’t already have a good idea of everything that you are allergic to, you should find out as soon as possible. I went to the doctor’s for an ALCAT comprehensive allergies test this week and I’ll be blogging about my experience after I get the results. This is really important, you can guess and you can get some good ideas about what you are allergic to based on experience but unless you actually know, clearing up an allergic reaction can be harder than it needs to be.

2. Do a basic cleanse. There are several ways to do it but the most basic way and the one I use is I drink 5 glasses of water for a couple of days with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. I also do not eat any flours or starches or sugar for at least a week. This includes products that are gluten free.

3. Use lavender or melaleuca essential oil to clear up the rash. Rub a few drops on the rash every couple of hours. If you have sensitive skin be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut, grapefruit or sunflower oil.

4. Avoid using any lotions, perfumes or soaps until at least the rash has cleared up. Even if you did not get the allergic reaction from any of these products, stopping usage of them can help you to clear it up.

What else do you do to clear up an allergic reaction?

The Great Over the Counter Allergy Medicine Hoax

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If you have had allergies for any length of time, then you are probably aware of the fact that there are litteraly dozens of over the counter allergy medications available for easy purchase by anyone and everyone.
In fact, there are even generic versions of just about every kind of prescription allergy drug available as well. Back when I was using over the counter allergy medications, I remember finding it really hard to figure out which one to use.
Doctors have their favorites, there are some that are farily expensive, and some that are quite cheap. Furthermore, if you read the ingredients that are in them, you will find a bunch of words you can’t pronounce as well as several ingredients
that seem to belong in a chemistry lab rather than inside your body. During the years I struggled to manage and control my allergies, I probably tried just about every one of these.
What kind of results did I get? Well it depended on the drug. Claritin worked the best but was super expensive, made me tired a lot of the time and didn’t work all of the time.
Allegra gave me nothing but migraines, and most of the other cheap drugs, either didn’t work or might have had some effect but made me so tired they weren’t worth it. I also noticed that over time I had an increase back pain, neck pain, headaches, stomach aches and heartburn.
In short, I decided that they aren’t worth it and really are nothing but a big hoax and a way for drug companies to profit from people’s suffering.
Furthermore, I found that with changes to diet, taking the allergy combo of lemon, lavender and peppermint oil and local honey have helped me a lot more than any of these over the counter allergy drugs ever did.

So what about you? Do you currently take, or have you taken over the counter allergy drugs?

Did they work? What side effects did you notice?

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