Enjoy the season and be symptom free with natural allergy relief


causes_of_rhinitisSpring has sprung but along with the beautiful blossoms and flowers come the not so great allergies! Congestion, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing & coughing – If you have gone through it then you know that it really is not pleasant.
You could reach for the typical over the counter allergy relief products but if you would rather avoid antihistamines & corticosteroids then the more natural approach might appeal.
If you want a medication & symptom free Spring and Summer why not relieve your allergies with Acupuncture?

Treatments can focus on alleviating the symptoms experienced and often yield a very quick response. Patients will notice a decrease in their nose stuffiness, sneezes, and number of itching episodes around the eyes, as well as an increase in overall energy levels. Book an appointment now!

Some natural tips for easing any symptoms in the meantime are –

Drink plenty of water – When you are well hydrated the mucous membranes of essential oilsyour nose remain moist to expel allergens more easily.

Eat local raw honey – Eating a couple of tablespoons of local raw honey every day (which contains traces of pollen) desensitizes the body to local pollen, so that the pollen floating about in the air does not trigger allergic reactions in the body.


essential_oils2Eat pineapple –  Pineapple is a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.

Add turmeric to rice dishes, curries, soups etc – Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that are hay fevercomparable to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs.

Essential oils can also be very helpful –

Peppermint – Dilute with a carrier oil and rub one drop onto your temples, lemon oilforehead or over the sinuses. You can also try a drop on the tip of your tongue, closing your mouth and then breathing it in to effectively open up the sinus cavity.

Lavender – Acts as an adaptogen and can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It can also help if you have difficulty sleeping due to congestion. Add a few drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and spritz your pillow to help rosemary oilyou drift off to sleep more easily.

Eucalyptus – Can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing.

Rosemary – Has a similar effect to Eucalyptus but is slightly milder so better for use by children.

eucalyptus oilLemon– Improves immunity, relieves respiratory issues, is antibacterial and relieves respiratory inflammation.

All the essential oils listed above (and more!) are available from the ViVi Therapy Massage Supply Store at 1976 Oak Bay Ave.