It has been a long wet winter, some calling it the worst winter in years. The extra rain and snow this year has scientists predicting a spring with trees and grasses producing more pollen than usual. The extra moisture may cause extra suffering for those who are allergic to mold. All and all, the prediction is for a miserable allergy season. Being ready and prepared can make a positive difference.
Hay Fever Prevention and Comfort
Hay fever can make you feel miserable: sneezing, stuffy nose, red-itchy-watery eyes, headache, earache, fatigue, and more sneezing. An allergic person has an immune system that mistakenly identifies pollens and molds as harmful offenders. In response, your body releases histamine, causing an inflammatory reaction. The sneezing, stuffiness, and watery eyes are evidence that your body is trying to eliminate the offending allergens. Antihistamines work to cool the histamine reaction.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide advises, when possible, to avoid exposure to allergy causing pollens and mold. Understanding how you are exposed to allergens can help you make a plan so that you are able to spend time outdoors and prevent an allergic episode. The highest pollen counts occur between 5am and 10am. Pollen is in the air. It sticks to your clothes. You breathe pollen in through your mouth and your nose. Before heading outdoors apply a bit of MelaGel or Sunshades Lip Balm under your nose (not in your nose). This acts as a pollen barrier. You can also protect yourself from pollen by wearing a face mask or bandana over your nose and mouth. When coming indoors, realize that you and your clothes may be covered with pollen. Taking a shower before bed, and using a saline spray or nasal irrigation, will help you sleep better. When caught off guard, try a few sprays of Cool Shot Breath Spray as a quick remedy for an allergy attack.
Indoors, it is important to control dust, especially in the bedroom. Avoid vacuuming in the evening as it stirs up dust. Better yet, if possible, avoid having carpet in the bedroom. Regularly clean window sills as they can be an overlooked source of dust and mold. Reduce allergy causing dust by using Rustic Touch Furniture Polish.
Probiotics, like Florify, may also help treat and prevent hay fever symptoms.
Vitality 6 Essentials + Heart contains research-recommended essentials including probiotics, omega-3s, and flavonoid-rich ProvexCV. The grape seed and skin flavonoids found in ProvexCV and ProVex-Plus have been shown to have antihistamine action as well as anti-allergic action.
Oral Allergy Syndrome
Many persons who suffer with hay fever also experience "oral allergy syndrome." An allergy to pollen can trigger a reaction to food that contains a similar protein. Symptoms can include sudden tingling or swelling in the lips, mouth, throat, or eye, or nose irritation after eating a related raw food. For instance persons allergic to ragweed may react to raw cantaloupe, banana, sunflower seed, zucchini, and cucumber. A person allergic to grass pollen may react to peaches, celery, melons tomatoes, or oranges. And birch pollen is related to several fruits and vegetables. You can find more details here.
Avoidance of hay fever causing allergens is the first line of defense. But for those times when molds and pollens get the best of you, take CounterAct Allergy.
~ Richard M Barry
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Spring Allergies Testimonials
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
I have lived in South Texas since 1994. Allergens are always high here during the spring, and this year has seen an elevated level of mold and pollen. I was told when I moved here that if I didn't suffer from allergies before, I definitely would now. I suffer with the normal symptoms -- runny nose, itchy eyes, and the works. I've been a Melaleuca customer for just over two years. Before, the only things that worked for me were prescription drugs. I'm not a fan of putting chemicals and pharmaceuticals in my body, so I would often just suffer. Melaleuca has provided me relief from my allergies. I use the CounterAct Allergy every day, take my Vitality Total and my Omega-3s each day. When the symptoms are really bad, or the pollen count is high, I add in extra Activate and Sustain to help me stay hydrated and keep my energy level up. It works like a charm! This regimen, combined with using all Melaleuca products for cleaning within the home, have proven to be the key to ease my suffering!
I have struggled with tree pollen allergies in the spring since my teens, and it seems a couple of my kids have the same. We love MelaGel - a dab round the inside of each nostril and it feels instantly better. That nose that felt like it was on fire is soothed. The smell clears your head. And if your nose is sore underneath from constant blowing and wiping, it works wonders there too. Can't wait to read the newsletter to see what else we can try!
LOVE your Guide and this newsletter, which I forward to my customers. Here is my allergy story: I converted my home to Melaleuca products 8 years ago. I began to see many improvements in my health within just a few weeks. As we entered spring of 2006, I noticed that my allergy symptoms did not seem to be as bad as in previous years, diminished by about half! My allergies are all but gone now, I am off of allergy shots, and I rarely take an allergy pill! I believe that my respiratory system is better able to withstand the onslaught of allergens, because it is not being constantly bombarded with chemicals in my home. I use only Melaleuca cleaning, laundry, air freshener, disinfectant, and bath and body products. I highly recommend Melaleuca to anyone with allergies!
I've always had trouble with allergies until I discovered Melaleuca's wonderful products! Every day I take CounterAct Allergy. And on days when the pollen is bad I will take a Provex-Plus. When I am outside working, or at the ball park, I put some MelaGel along the inside of my nose to help trap the pollen and dust. Melaleuca products make such a big difference in improving my health!
We have used Provex-Plus for the last 18 years for allergies! My daughter was 4 years old and my husband 44 years old when we started. Within 2 weeks their awful stuffiness, red eyes, headaches and tiredness was greatly reduced. My daughter took 1 capsule daily and my husband took 1 capsule twice a day for a couple years all year long since their allergies were not contained seasonally. After a couple years, they were able to take it only during allergy season. Now my husband receives ongoing grape seed extract protection from the Provex CV. My daughter only takes it during allergy season for a couple weeks. We have found that if their allergies kick up during the year, 2 capsules will take care of symptoms within 30 minutes! No side effects and no tiredness.
Thank you, Richard! My copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide remains by my bedside. For a book its size it is a real gold mine, so much wealth, health and happiness in the pages! I won it writing to your newsletter about Melaleuca products, RENEW, and their benefits to the elimination of psoriasis.
I LOVE SPRING! I must admit I never looked forward to it knowing how I was I was going to be sneezing, having headaches, nasal and sinus problems, and watery eyes and getting dizzy. I live in a beautiful community filled with almond, walnut and pistachio orchards all around, and what they call the City of Trees. Now after being introduced to Melaleuca and using the CounterAct Allergy pills, I can really say I love the way they work, and the price is just right, and I am back to REALLY loving Spring!