Also I foud kiwi to be amazing at alleviating nasal congestion from dust allergy. We made our son eat slices of 2 kiwi fruits everyday. He gained almost 95% cure from his allergy symptoms!
I found that Rosa Mosqueta oil rubbed on my nose and under my eyes before bed helps considerably to open my nasal breathing. It also has numerous other cosmetic benefits... Buy organic. I too am a mouth breather prone to nasal alergies... Asthma. It also has other cosmetic benefits... (other rosehip oils may provide the same benefit but I haven't tried)
I was having a seasonal allergy to our local Texas Mountain Cedar. Some call it Mountain Cedar Fever. I already take apple cider vinegar (ACV), coconut oil, and acidophilus (probiotics) daily. When the Mountain Cedar allergies hit, I started taking locally grown honey.
I decided to got to my local health food store and I picked up a homeopathic remedy. There were a couple to choose from, but I picked the most popular one that happened to be on sale called Allergena. It may not matter which one you get, though. I got relief within 15 minutes. It says to take 12 drops 3X a day for adults. I took the 2nd dose and I feel 90-95% better already even with the pollen count being ridiculously high. I will probably be at 100% within the next day or 2 at the most. I guess I will stop then. Usually Mountain Cedar only lasts a month anyway, but you really don't want to have it at all.
I have used nettles as an allergy cure for many years.
In "The Healing Power Of Rainforest Herbs" By Leslie Taylor ( the book is online ) nettles are the number one cure for allergies.
Fresh is best. I put mine in salt water for a minute to kill any insects. They can be used as a salad vegetable, added to soup or made into a tea.
For emergencies I keep dried nettle leaves in store. These can be purchased cheaply at most health food stores.
I searched online for the list of vitamins and minerals and came across Dr. Christopher's Herbal Legacy: www.herballegacy.com
He lists nettles as containing:
Vitamins A C D E F K P B complexes, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, boron, sodium, iodine, chromium, copper and sulfur.
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I myself have suffered from allergies in the past and found that cleansing the liver has helped tremendously. It came buy chance when I started taking protein powder(whey protein) which is supposed to help the liver detox. It also increases glutathion in the body which is a master antioxident. Turmeric seems to work in the same fashoin. Read up on turmeric here at earth clinic and you can see that some people who took it got rid of there allergies. Turmeric also known as curcumin also increases glutathion in the body.
I have struggled with severe allergies over the last three years. I don't use pharmaceuticals so it's been trial and errror with numerous products for the last few years. Mostly, it's been error. I've tried the vinegar in the past, but did not see any improvemnt. This time I stuck with it. And thankfully I was given a very wise piece of advice from an old book. Chewing on honeycomb! It enabled me to go outside without my eyes swelling shut or sneezing. I would just chew the honeycomb as needed. It seemed to keep my symptoms at bay until the vinagar started working. After about a month of chewing I don't need it anymore and I'm allergy free. I still drink the vinegar every morning (taking two days off a week), to keep my allergies from coming back.
Note, chew the honeycomb for 10-15 minutes then spit out, and get another piece if needed.
My husband has had bad allergies all of his life and has been on prescription anti-histimines since he was about 17 (he's 64 now). The homeopathic person that's helping him out put him on Quercitin. He is absolutely astonished that he has no trouble with allergies now. She recommended a particular brand which I guess I can't mention but it has 500mg of Vit C, 1000 mg of Quercetin, 140 mg Bromelain, 100mg Citrus Bioflavonoids, 25 mg Acerola, 25mg Rose hips and 20 mg Rutin. She recommended he take 2 a day. It seems it only took a month or so and he was allergy free. Now he only takes them once in awhile when he feels he needs them. He also takes MSM for his knees but it isn't helping much.
I have finally managed to control my allergies. After years of suffering with itchy eyes and throat and some of those years sneezing a lot it finally seems to be over. I never had hay fever because I had it the whole year. It was just like an unwanted friend I couldn't get rid of! Last year because of a disease the plane trees near our house had I got even worse.
This is not a recipe for anybody because all allergies are different but it might just give people a few ideas. Right now I am taking 4g Vit. C a day, 800IU of Vit. E, 150mg of Hyaluronic Acid and Fish oil. I have the idea that although I was quite a bit better with all this the big change came when I added a drink of blueberries, MSM, Condroitin and Glucosamin but I don't know.... Could it just have been because I had been taking the rest for a longer period of time? MSM in powder form didn't seem to change anything. I also try to drink a lot of water, took Beers Yeast for awhile, just to be on the safe side I am taking local pollens every morning as well as using unpasteurized local honey in my tea and taking Propolis. Quite a treatment but the bottom line is that I have been feeling fine and I have more energy. I also manage to sleep better most nights!
Treat the Liver
Here are the links that did not go through yesterday:
Treat the Liver
To Bill: what kind of diet recomendations/restrictions would one follow with the supplements you suggest for this liver detox/repair? thanks
Treat the Liver
Hi Cindy... The best diet is simply an elimination diet which essentially eliminates all the dangerous elements from processed or man-made foods and is the same as the anti-candida diet shown in this EC comment stream here :
My own health maintenance protocol -- always preventative -- also assumes that you will never realistically be able to avoid processed or man-made foods. After all, in order to stick to such a regimen would mean not going out to parties, not eating in restaurants, not drinking a little wine or coffee with friends now and then -- and what about holidays? I regard this avoid-everything-bad-at-all-costs as a little excessive and extreme in my opinion and not very realistic because I like going out socialising and having fun occasionally. So, unless you are suffering from a major problem like liver problems, heart problems, candida or IBS or Fibromyalgia or arthritis, which does call for a much more intense daily approach and a stricter diet, then my way is simply to adopt a preventative maintenance approach so that you can enjoy your life a wee bit.
So this is why I continually detox my own body on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. My regimen now is much less intense and I've become much more aware of my own body state since ridding myself of candida. I usually take a decoction of Chanca Piedra, Heart Vine(Tinospora cordifolia), Neem leaves and Tumeric Root once a month for about 7 days only. This washes my kidneys, helps revive my liver and intestines as well as helping to rid my body of any excess calcium and acid build-up. I alkalize fairly regularly using Ted's lemon/lime remedy mainly, normally on a daily basis now. I regularly take vitamins and minerals in the form of dessicated liver and fulvic acid as my nutrient baseline. I avoid taking tablets supplements where possible. I also regularly take large dose lugol's Iodine(removes fluoride and bromide as well as all its many other benefits) as well as large dose Magnesium and Vit C(Ascorbate) because not only are these specific nutrients sadly lacking in all western diets, the RDA recommended for these supplements is, in my opinion, way to small as to be almost laughable against all the evidence that's already out there. I also use borax and Hydrogen Peroxide remedies when I have to and regularly use Ted's recommended topical and oral remedies as well. I also keep Methylene Blue, Aspirin and Lysine handy in case I get flu or a cold or some other nasty bug.
So therefore my health maintenance method is almost wholly preventative but not that intense. I continually supplement to supply those vitamins and minerals that I think I am not getting from my food. I also regularly detox heavy metals using sodium thiosulphate or through diet using green tea, cilantro or chlorella. All this has simply become a habit with me now.
I am currently trying something called Chyawanprash -- a complete and all-round Ayurvedic herbal food supplement that contains over 30-40 important Indian herbs(the herbal formula does vary depending on what make you buy) based on an ancient and famous Indian herbal recipe. The Ayurvedic healing system cleverly makes some of its important herbal concoctions completely naturally(no modern preservatives or additives) into food forms that are actually quite tasty -- and by the way, Chyawanprash is delicious -- you can take it with bread or crackers as a spread or simply take two teaspoonfuls a day and it is packed with nutrients. Chyawanprash is a well known herbal rejuvenator in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and contains some very active and important healing herbs like Boerhaavia diffusa(liver, allergies), Indian Myrrh Tree Bark(intestines, parasites), Silver (anti-pathogenic), Indian Gooseberry(high Vit C), Ashwaganda(all round adaptogen -- Indian ginseng), Sida cordifolia(adaptogen, energizing), Black Pepper(for lungs and as an absorbtion synergist), Asparagus(alkaline, acts against arthritis and cancer), Cinnamon(Intestinal protective), Terminalia chebula(anti-ulcer), Tinospora cordifolia(all round adaptogen, liver and kidneys), Tribulus terrestris(libido, sexual organs), Chanca piedra(all round adaptogen, antiviral, liver and kidneys) and there are many more herbs as well.
Chyawanprash is also fairly cheap, you can find it at any Indian grocery or deli because it is an ancient and well-known herbal rejuventor that is still widely used and trusted by the Indian community.
I've had allergic reactions for 11 years of which 10 of them I could not figure out what I was allergic too. Someone suggested MSG & at the time I did not know what MSG was. I assumed it was a type of salt... NOT!! I would like Earth Clinic to add allergic reactions to the ailments in case there are others that are experiencing allergic reactions & can't figure out what they are allergic to. Thanks! I'm so grateful for this site. It has been a God send!
I had another reaction the other day after eating chili at a friends. My reactions differ with each one & consists of one or more of the following: severe stomach cramps, indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting, welts, severe itching & throat swelling. I have always taken benadryl to get over these reactions. After reading info from Ted about MSG on this site I took 500 mg of L-glutamine. I pulled capsule apart & dissolved in water that I drank. Also, I took a bath with ACV which helped tremendously with the itching. I could still feel that my throat was swollen so I took another 500 mg L-glutamine an hour later. The itching stopped but it did take several hours for my throat to totally feel normal again. I did not have to take any benadryl(which knocks me out for 12 hours) & I was able to go to church. It was truly amazing. It's so frustrating since MSG is in, it seems, about 85% of the food sold! BEWARE: natural flavors... Natural flavoring!
Changing Air Filters and Misting
It's taken me years to realize it but the main source of my allergies has actually been my house itself. I noticed that often while outside they were considerably better. But I was so tired from the allergies it was hard for me to get out more. Then I changed my air filter and it was chalk full of dust and mold and quite moist. It only cost 1.19 per filter and now I do it once a month. On top of this often when my air kicks out I take a homemade misting solution of 30 drops of essential oils (it's always good to include a purifying oil something like eucalyptus), a dab of rubbing alcohol or vodka, and water and spray it over the vents. This purifies the air and has helped immensely. I noticed a huge difference by repeating these activities alone. Also allergies are also a part of an immune system problem so alkalizing the body on top of this is a good idea. Barley greens is an excellent supplement for such purposes. So far so good. A little sneeze and blow of my nose here and there but, nowhere close to where it used to be.
We got two kittens only to find out that our 4 year old son was allergic. He would sneeze, cough, get congested, and his eyes would get swollen, puffy, and red. I started having him drink lukewarm chamomile tea when I read that it was a natural antihistamine. It seems to reduce his allergies significantly. When his eyes get swollen, I also apply a used chamomile tea bag to his eye/eyes. It brings down the swelling immediately.
I had really really bad allergies at age 50, I was in bed for three weeks with vertigo. I was not going to let this happen to me again, I did reseach and found taking vitamin C doses every few hours till you reach your level of saturation to avoid upset tummy.. My allergies were kicked!! I also take a stress vitamin B complex with it. I am so much healthier.. I take a quality brand, wouldn't trust the junk [email protected] GOOD LUCK
Allergies: Please, please, please try the "NETI POT" !
Healthfood stores, yoga studios usually have it...it's looks like a tiny tea pot, you fill it with water, add salt, and rinse the nasal passages. It gently washes away dust, pollen, excess mucus. Simple!
All info, saline solution, head position (with pictures), a little breathing exercise after the nasal cleanse is included with the neti pot. Salt can be purchased separately.
P.S. Love this web site, love to learn about natural remedies, and so many good willing people...:)
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I have had what I think is a sinus infection or allergies for 6 days now. Overall I am doing better, but the stuffy nose that switches from one side to the other, along with the pressure is driving me crazy.
I had successfully been treating this condition with high doses of Vitamin C. I would take 1 GRAM capsules, 2 at a time every 2 hours until my stomach said "enough". With this method, all my symptoms would reduce to nothing. I would be aware of some inflamation in the sinuses, but no stuffy nose or pain or anything. But whenever I would stop taking the VitC the symptoms would come back. I am up to 20 GRAMS a day. Normally a person could only tollerate one gram to three grams a day when healthy.
So the reason I say all this is I wanted this condition to leave, not just be almost gone, so I read what others here had done and took 2 tablespoons ACV in 24oz water. I experience what others did in the way of a rapid draining of mucus. Unfortunately it was temporary and not complete. I did this a few times during the day.
I am back to taking the VitC as described above. Hopefully this will take care of it within the next few days as I have always had great sucess when I took VitC for colds in the past. I have always been able to eliminate symptoms, and reduce the time the cold hung around to just a few days - plus still go to work and do the other things I had to do. The trick is taking enough, stay away from sugar, and be faithfull in taking it every hour or two hours or what the schedule may be.
Good luck to you others that are searching for non-medical treatments.
I suffered from allergies for 27 years. One day I heard that Raspberries were good for allergies so I gave them a try. I will eat about four in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I usually suffer from runny and itching nose, sneezing, watery eyes. It all disappeared, but you do have to eat them daily. Oh by the way I buy the frozen kind.