Seasonal Allergy Booster
Ah spring, that time of the year that many of us look forward to for many, many reasons. Spring signifies new beginnings, longer days, and no longer having to leave home wearing layers upon layers of clothing.
But, if you’re anything like me, spring is not a season I particularly look forward to because just thinking about all those daffodils and wild flowers popping new buds makes my ears and throat begin to tingle. That’s right, spring is also prime time for allergies! Seasonal allergies are a total new thing for me as I never had them growing up. Last year, after constantly having what I thought was a “sore throat” and sinus pressure, I found out that I had actually developed seasonal allergies. After consulting with my doctor, she advised that I begin taking medication just so I could make it through the day without feeling like crap. Naturally, I started taking the medicine and began to feel better but on days when the pollen counts were high, I had to increase my dosage and soon I was taking up to 4 pills a day.
This is something I didn’t quite care to do so I started researching all natural remedies for allergies. After doing a lot of reading, browsing, and researching I stumbled upon a recipe that looked like it might work. Immediately, I jotted down the ingredients and headed to the nearest Sprouts to grab the supplies. I made the concoction, tried it for a full week, and found that it really helped me feel better.
- 1/4 cup raw local honey
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 TBSP ground turmeric (found at any ethnic/Indian grocery store or the spice isle)
- 2 TBSP raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Place honey in a cup or bowl, add in turmeric, lemon zest, apple cider vinegar and stir until smooth.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To consume, mix 1 TBSP in a smoothie. Or mix 1 TBSP in 12 oz of warm water and drink as a tonic. Or you can do what I do and take one heaping tablespoon daily straight up.
Warning: it does NOT taste yummy so please don’t hate me if you’re gagging.
Here is the science behind some of the ingredients:
Turmeric is known to have many healing properties including its anti-inflammatory properties, which aid in calming the tissues of the sinuses. Using local raw honey is important because it contains enzymes from local pollen, which helps build up your immune system. Raw apple cider vinegar contains live enzymes, which aid in bringing the body’s pH balance back to normal. Lemon is important because it helps break up mucus.
Try making a batch for yourself & I hope it helps alleviate your allergies as much as it has mine!
Disclaimers: this recipe is based on a recipe that I found online while researching immunity boosters for seasonal allergies. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.