Spring is in full bloom and along with all that blooming, perhaps your allergies are making their seasonal appearance. While I am able to get through the spring season with mild allergy symptoms, I know many people truly suffer during what’s supposed to feel like a light-hearted, energizing time of the year. With that in mind, I’ve collected a few natural remedies for allergies that I have found to be proven effective in relieving allergy troubles from my own experiences.
(gazing at Monet’s masterpieces makes Spring feel even lovelier)
I have to admit…the first time I tried using a Neti Pot, I felt like I was drowning myself. While the feeling of pouring water through your sinus passages isn’t initially the most comfortable, it definitely gets better over time, so don’t let a bad first experience deter you from nasal irrigation! I’m not about to go into detail on how to use one, because let’s face it: nasal irrigation isn’t the loveliest of topics to describe step by step. To become better acquainted with nasal washing, check out the Himalayan Institute’s Neti Pot Demo and Guide
This pranayama technique is often referred to as “skull shining breath” or “breath of fire” due to the nature of it’s effects. One of those effects is clearing the nasal passages (seriously, keep tissues within hands reach for this one). For an added incentive, this pranayama is also a great way to work your abdominal muscles and fire up your digestive system. As a daily practice, you’ll be clearing out your spring allergies while you tone your body for summer. This pranayama can be slightly confusing if you’ve never been exposed to the breathing instruction in a yoga class, so take a look at this video which leads you through the pranayama in detail and serves as a physical guide to the technique.
Keep calm and put your heart above your head. That could be a metaphor for many things in life, so take it as you will…but I’m specifically referring to inversions! Getting on a mat and taking a yoga class in and of itself can assist with relieving allergy symptoms. All that inhaling and exhaling can go a long way, as can feeling centered and grounded after your yoga practice, especially when allergies seem to make everything a little hazy in our lives. Many people have a fear attached to inversions, yet what many people don’t realize is that Child’s Pose and Downward Facing Dog are both considered inversions. You don’t have to be in a headstand for five minutes to gain the benefits of inversions, although that is most definitely an option for more advanced yogis. This article on YogaJournal explains how certain elements of the yoga practice can serve as a calming allergy antidote.
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Try incorporating any or all of these natural allergy antidotes into your life to calm aggressive allergy symptoms and enjoy the beauty of the spring season with ease and grace.
Love, light & gratitude,
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