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?
If you’re curious to know my personal 10 steps to wellness that have already helped thousands of people improve their health and heal naturally from allergies, click here to learn more.Read More
Have you considered taking an allergy drug? Or maybe you’ve already taken one or more? Or maybe you are taking allergy drugs now. While allergy drugs can provide relief for people, in many cases they are not necessary and can in fact, make your allergies worse. Personally I’ve tried every allergy drug on the market both prescription and over the counter and never got the kind of relief I was looking for. In fact, I am convinced that taking allergy drugs actually increased some of my health issues and it took me years to get to the root cause of my health issues whereas I could have found the cause and gotten real healing faster without them.
So what are five questions that you should ask before taking a drug for allergies to determine if in fact, you do need one. (Note: I am not saying that no one ever needs a drug for allergies.)
1. Do you really have hay fever or seasonal allergies? And Is this your only problem? Personally, while I did have hay fever and seasonal allergies, I also had several other issues including candida, leaky gut, and food intolerances which where in fact, the root cause of these. So on to question number 2.
2. Do you have candida or leaky gut? If so, no allergy drug will fix this. In fact, no drug will fix it period. You have to heal from candida or leaky gut by primarily changing your diet. Although taking a probiotic and fish oil supplement can also help.
3. Do you have any food allergies, or food intolerances? Even if you think you don’t chances are good that you do. I’ve heard a statistic that up to 70% of the U.S. population has at least one food intolerance or allergy. If so, taking an allergy drug will do nothing to solve this problem.
4. Do you have an auto-immune condition? What many people do not realize is that many allergies are caused by or made worse by auto-immune conditions. If so, you need to get help for your auto-immune condition first before your allergies will clear up.
5. Are there any home allergy remedies you can use instead? Personally I’ve had really good success with essential oils for allergies as well as local honey.Read More