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5 Effective Natural Remedies to Fight Spring Allergies

Today, April 11, 2011, Minneapolis got 5 inches of snow.  Lovely.  So, feeling inspired, I shared on my Facebook page, a cartoon of a cow who tied up a snowman, holding him at hairdryer point, asking him what he’s done with all the grass.  As of this evening, that post was seen by 8,423 people and shared 123 times.  I guess I’m not the only one who thinks  this has been a LONG, cold, snowy winter that seems to never end.  Maybe talking about seasonal allergies will inspire spring to arrive. 

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as spring allergies attack more than 35 million Americans every year as the seasons change, allergens blossom, pollens scatter through the air. People unknowingly breath them, allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose irritation and runny nose are triggered.  It’s been such a long winter, I’m almost looking forward to hayfever!

There are many over-the-counter allergy medications on the market today. But these drugs can cause side effects including drowsiness, headache, dehydration, and occasional loss of appetite. Its really not necessary to deal with those side effects when there are scientifically proven natural remedies that can help fight spring allergies.

Here are 5 effective natural remedies for fighting spring allergies:

garlic is an effective natural remedy to fight spring allergiesGarlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that wards off infections, viruses and even allergies. On clinical studies, quercetin, a natural compound found in garlic and onion, is observed to mimic the antihistamine effect of certain drugs. Eating or juicing two raw cloves of this powerful antioxidant literally keeps the doctor away! While some people go for the supplements because they don’t want to smell like garlic, they aren’t getting the benefit because for full effect, it must be the fresh,  real herb, and if possible, get organic. It’s not that much more expensive, and has a higher sulfphur content (that’s good for you) and tastes better.  Raw garlic eaten every day will fight off all types of allergies because it boosts your immune system immensely. Garlic tincture is another alternative to raw garlic and is just as effective.  Garlic is definitely a superherb and it truly helps us to breathe better and live healthier lives. When regularly added to the diet, spring may just pass without causing sniffs and drips. Read More→

An Alabaster Jar of Essential Oil

Essential Oils in the Life of Jesus

Alabaster Jar of Essential OilSix days before the Passover, Jesus went to  Bethany and was in the house of Simon the leper (leprosy was a term for several skin diseases), because that’s where Lazarus was, who Jesus had raised from the dead.  They were giving  a dinner for him there and Martha served.   Lazarus was one of those reclining with Jesus at the table.  Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha,  came with an alabaster jar of 327 grams of  ointment of pure nard (essential oil Spikenard, Nardostachysys grandiflora), very costly, and she anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, who was also going to betray Jesus, said  “Why was the ointment wasted like that?  For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii (a danarii was a day’s wage for a laborer—so it’s evident how valuable that essential oil was!) and given to the poor?”  He didn’t say this because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief and having charge of the moneybag, and he used to help himself to what was put into it.   Jesus said, “Leave her alone.  Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.  For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them.  But you will not always have me.  She has done what she could could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.  And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”     Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-8 Read More→