Do you suffer from sinus pressure and allergies? I did for years and while I no longer suffer anywhere near as much, I’ve learned some tricks about how to quickly relieve sinus pressure and allergies. That said if you have a deviated septum or other nose or sinus issues, I do think it’s worth it for most people to have the surgery. (link to post about pros and cons of sinus surgery here.)
So here are 15 of my favorite and best tips on how to relieve sinus pressure and allergies:
1. Use a Neti Pot. These can help a lot more than people realize. See my post on the pros and cons about neti pots.
2. Rub a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil underneath your nose and inhale.
3. Drink a glass of tomato juice with a pinch of Cheyenne pepper in it. This helps cleanse your system and can open up your airways.
4. Use a breathe right strip to help you open up your sinuses. Personally I had issues with these falling off and not staying on my nose all night, but they did help open up my sinuses.
5. Use a saline solution. You can buy several of these at the store already in a nose dropper.
6. Press down lightly on the top of your nose and exhale.
7. Get an acupuncture treatment. Okay so this one isn’t as quick but seriously it can help a lot.
8. Figure out what your food sensitivities and then stop eating those foods. This is my top way. I recommend the ALCAT test which takes time to get the results, but once you know, you know and you can get quite a bit of relief.
9. Use a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser. This cleanses the air and can help a lot with sinus pressure and allergies.
10. Get a chiropractic adjustment if you haven’t had one recently. This can help a lot and more than many people realize.
11. Avoid using chemical loaded cleaners in your house. This is a top cause for allergies that many people don’t think about.
12. Mist your face lightly with water.
13. Blow your nose. No seriously. Do it. Even if you have a hard time normally. Figure out how to do it.
14. Re-evaluate the perfumes, air sprays and other chemicals you are using. These are probably making it worse.
15. Pay extra attention to your posture. Make sure you stand straight and sleep with a pillow underneath you.
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Do you struggle to know what to give as a gift for someone with an allergy? or maybe if you are like me, it’s you who has the allergy and you struggle to know what to ask someone to give you. This is especially a problem when it comes to gift giving for people you don’t know very well, or at the Holiday season when many people give things like nuts, and breads which many people with allergies can’t eat. I’ve been there done that too many times and I’d like to help you solve your holiday gift giving challenges for people with allergies and for yourself if you are the one with the allergies. Now I know all of these suggestions won’t work for everyone with every kind of allergy, but, they will work for many people.
Here are 20 great ideas for easy to make and give holiday gifts for people with allergies:
1. Epsom Salts with an essential oil. Personally lavender is my favorite.
See this blog post for more details on how to make them.
You can then wrap a ribbon or put a bow around this bag of gluten free flour and give it to someone.
3. Flavored Olive Oil
This is a great idea for people who love to cook or for those who can’t have dairy products and use a lot of olive oil in recipes. You buy plain olive oil and then you can rebottle it and add some wild orange, lemon, or cilantro essential oils or a few drops of lemon juice, orange juice or other flavorings.
4. A Bag of Quinoa with a ribbon around it or a bow. You can’t go wrong with quinoa. It’s healthy, good for you and you won’t likely find anyone who is allergic to it.
5. A pint or jug of apple cider with a ribbon or bow.
6. A bag of kale, spinach or other greens for the person to make smoothies. Dress it up with a ribbon or bow.
7. An aromatherapy necklace.
These are great. You can use them to wear your essential oils. You can get them a lot of places, but one of my favorite places is at: Terra Cotta Pendants
8. A bottle of essential oil. Hey why not? These are great for everyone and can help people with allergies. Personally for allergies my favorite is either lavender or peppermint.
9. Pine Cone Decor Basket with essential oils or melted wax on it.
This make a nice smelling piece of decor.
10. Water bottle and include an optional bottle of lemon essential oil for a healthy detox if desired.
11. Mug with peppermint or wild orange essential oil and hot cocoa. If you are worried about the ingredients of the cocoa, you can do a bag of raw cocoa instead.
12. Bag with dry erase markers and lemon essential oil. This is especially great for artists and teachers.
13. Bag of Pot Pourri- For most people this works great unless the person has a very strong allergy to all scents.
14. Winter Gloves. I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing mine so I can never have too many.
15. Raw local honey from the farmers market. This can actually help a lot of people with allergies and it tastes great and has lots of uses.
16. Spice combinations for cooking. Lemon and Pepper is one of my favorites.
17. Go Macro Bars. While these won’t work for people with an allergy to all nuts, they are great for gluten free and dairy free as well as vegan people.
18. Castille Soap. This is great for all kinds of uses and is gentler on the skin.
19. Nail file with unscented hand lotion.
20. First aid kit. You can make it as small or large as desired and can add in cough drops and or essential oils.Read More
Are you struggling with allergies and yet you know that its not only the outdoor pollutants that are causing your allergies? Do you need help allergy proofing your house? Here are 8 things you should do today to prevent common household allergies.
1. Do you have pets? If so, you need to take a serious look at whether or not your pets are causing or making your indoor allergies worse. The first thing you need to do is make sure that your pets are not sleeping in your bedroom. You also need to take a look at how much pet hair is on the floors, inside furniture etc. You don’t necessarily need to get rid of your pets, but you do need to take a look at what is going on with your pets.
2. What are you using for cleaning supplies? Most cleaning supplies are very toxic and can make indoor allergies as well as asthma worse. I highly recommend getting rid of all of your cleaning chemicals and replacing them with essential oils, castille soap and vinegar. You can actually even clean more effectively with these natural cleaners.
3. Consider purchasing allergy free bedding and or covers for your current bedding. This can help with dander, feathers, and other pollutants on furniture that can increase allergies.
4. Evaluate anything that you are using for smells in your home. This includes candles, scented plug ins, air fresheners and anything else scented. Chances are that these things are making your indoor allergies worse. They are nearly all full of chemicals and so you need to stop using them.
5. Have you replaced your carpet within the last 15 years? If not, you may want to consider doing it. Old carpet can have allergens and pollutants in it.
6. Get an essential oil diffuser and use it. This can help to kill bacteria and viruses in the air that may be worsening your indoor allergies and the essential oils can help with allergies as well.
7. Consider purchasing an air purifier. This is a machine that helps clear and clean the air indoors.
8. Consider using a humidifier at night. This can help you breathe and sleep better.
What other tips do you have for reducing indoor allergens?
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