Is it allergy season for you?
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:28 August 2017
SAR - seasonal allergic rhinitis
Are your eyes unusually itcy?
Is your nose running for no reason that you can identify?
Are you experiencing a headache that isn’t lifting?
If yes, then you may be experiencing SAR - Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. SAR is caused by the inhalation of mold spores or pollen from the blooming of spring flowers, spring grasses or spring weeds combined with a weakened immune response.
If you are sensitive to pollens you may also be sensitive to indoor allergens such as dust mites and the hair from cats, dogs or rodents.
Digestion is key
Ayurveda explains that pollen, dust, mold or hair sensitivites are lessened or avoided when immunity is strong. For immunity to be strong your digestive power needs to be strong.
Impaired or weak digestion allows impurities or toxins to buil up blocking cell nourishment. In addition impuritiy build-up inhibits or stops the outflow of waste from your cells. As you can see this situation is a double whammy that has flow on-effects, especially at the beginning of Spring.
In the juncture between winter and spring the impurities that get stored in your body over winter start to melt and flow into the micro channels. This is nature’s way of helping to clean out stored toxins so we get to enjoy a great summer. The immune system naturally springs into action to help with this cleaning process. It’s at this time the spring flowers bloom, further stressing your body and compromising your ability to deal with impurities and pollens. The end result being, the itchy eyes, runny nose and headache of SAR.
Tips to ease your symptoms
- Do a Spring clean Click here
- Eat more pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Spring is Kapha time of the year so Kapha reducing foods are helpful
- Sprinkle Kapha Seasonal Spice mixture over your lunch and dinner meals.
- Drink a cup of Kapha Tea first thing in the morning to kick start your day and to reduce any mucous build up.
- Get more rest to help your immune system do it’s job. Aim to be in bed by 10 pm and rise prior 6am.
- Helpful Herbals:
Take Aller-Defence 2 tablets twice a day. Ideally start this 30 days before your symptoms typically start. Aller-Defence helps to reduce allergic reactions, improves digestion and immunity, while decreasing sensitivity to allergens by supporting your liver.
Do a steam inhalation by adding a few drops of Breathe Easy Essential Oil to hot water. Then inhale the steam and experience the easing of nasal congestion.
Take either Protection Plus Sinuses (targeted to help clear and heal the sinuses), or if your symptoms are more in the chest take Congest Assist (targeted to help relieve congeston in different sites of the respiratory tract).
To soothe a dry or irritated throat take Throat Ease lozenges. These tasty lozenges promote a fresh breath and a clear, powerful voice. Helpful also for singers and those who frequently use their voices, such as teachers.
Wishing you the bliss of balance this Spring Time!
Linda Sinden and the Get Balance Team