Heart racing, chest heavy and trouble taking a deep breath…those symptoms used to send me heading to the doctor and usually resulted in me being prescribed anxiety medication or undergoing thyroid tests. Funny thing was I started to realize that these symptoms showed up the same time of year every year. A search on that trusty friend of the self-diagnoser, Google, and I finally made the connection…allergies.
No sneezy drippy nose or red eyes for me. My symptoms currently include:
- fatigue…so tired, so very, very tired.
- feeling anxious and stressed.
- chest heaviness.
- feeling like I can’t take a full breath.
Further investigation unearthed some interesting information about seasonal allergies…that they occur in four seasons.
- Season One – April/May – tree pollen
- Season Two – June/July – grass pollen
- Season Three – Mid-summer mold spores
- Season Four – Late summer ragweed pollen
Apparently, it’s tree pollen that’s the culprit right now, and we’re surrounded by lots of alder…ugh.
These days over-the-counter allergy medications are just not cutting it. I decided to search for some natural solutions as a starting point, and if I can’t get a handle on it, I’ll head over to our doctor.
A Few Natural Remedies
- raw local honey – forget spoonful of sugar…spoonful of honey!
- apple cider vinegar (our family’s go to for just about any illness)
- lemon juice/vitamin C
- quercetin supplement
- stinging nettle
Disclaimer: Consult your doctor. I’m not an expert.
This morning I was so desperate to stop that anxious feeling that I threw one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of lemon juice in my bottle of water. After a couple of hours I realized the feeling was gone…coincidence? I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep trying it.
Are you suffering? I’d love to hear your kitchen cures.