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I have really bad seasonal allergies in the spring.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have really bad seasonal allergies in the spring. I have tried all the over the counter products, nothing seems to help. Any suggestions?” — Sara H., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Sara, It seems that every season is associated with some type of allergy – Spring, Summer, and Fall are infamous for pollen allergies, while Winter brings such indoor allergens as mold and dust mites. The good news is that there are some very excellent and natural ways to help alleviate your seasonal allergies, regardless of the source.

When it comes to overall respiratory health, I recommend a blend of botanicals that have their roots – no pun intended - in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Botanicals such as Chinese Peony root, Siler, Sweet Wormwood, Summer Cypress Fruit, Dong Quai, Chinese Peony, and Licorice root have been used for thousands of years. They work by aiding the immune system and respiratory function to help treat allergies and respiratory problems.

Practitioners of TCM in China tested these herbs in a formula on 205 people suffering from allergic rhinitis or hives (itchy red welts) on the skin. The participants took the combination formula three times a day, and healthcare practitioners examined them and evaluated their symptoms. At the end of the study, the researchers reported over 85% effectiveness in reducing allergy symptoms in the participants. Reductions in allergy symptoms were noted after 3 days, with greater reductions with longer use (13 to 30 days). Additionally, there were no significant adverse effects, and no drowsiness, dry mouth or dizziness as is commonly experienced when using typical allergy medicines.

In addition to the botanical blend above, I also recommend a blend of eucalyptus oil and oil of myrtle, two very wonderful essential oils that can support the sinus cavity, reduce inflammation, reduce congestion, and open blocked passageways. If you’re a little bit on the brave side – take a capsule of eucalyptus and myrtle and allow it to melt in your mouth. The fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus spreads throughout your lungs and nasal passages, something I personally find to be effective and invigorating. Be careful though, some people may not like the strong taste of eucalyptus and myrtle. Eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very therapeutic, effective and safe, and supplementing with these oils can help you sail through any season with a clear head.

As always, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician. He or she may have additional input as you put together a supplement regimen to help resolve these issues.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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