Those of you that know me know I have always had seasonal allergies and super super sensitive skin. Each month between February and September, I spend hundreds (yes hundreds) of dollars each month in prescription and non-prescription allergy medicines for me and my kids. This year, I found some new less expensive weapons in my allergy war arsenal.
Those concerned and interested in a natural flu remedy, please see #5. I chose this product based on the scientific data readily available, the excellent company reputation and the fact that it is widely available. Many people, especially those of us living in small towns, do not have access to natural food stores. I like to present products that are more readily available and affordable.
1. Simply Saline Nasal Mist. Small nozzle so great for the kids with just the right amount of pressure to get you breathing easier again. Self seals to reduce contamination. Simply Saline Cold Formula with menthol (green bottle) is a great alternative to nasal sprays when you are still congested, but have reached the 3 day limit. [Extended use of nasal sprays results in a horrible phenomenon called rebound congestion in which further use of nasal spray no longer allows you to breathe and you must wait another 1-2 days before using it again for relief! I have experienced it and let me tell you that rebound congestion is 5 times worse than your worst congestion. I did not think it was possible but it is true.] I still love my Flonase and Rhinocort for the kids for daily allergy control, but when a cold or unexpected perfume challenge hits, this stuff works. Available at Wal-mart (~$5) and most pharmacies. Check out the site for their available products. http://www.simplysaline.com/BLSimplySalineReg.php
2. Local raw honey from within 50 miles of your location. Take a teaspoon each morning or night. Easy to get the kids to take their "medicine". Works on the same principle as allergy shots which involves exposing yourself to small amounts of pollen specific to your area so that your body can adjust and not overreact in the future. An allergic reaction is simply your immune system overreacting to non-harmful substances such as pollen. Available at your local natural foods store. If you live near the NC mountains, Food Lion sells a big glass jar of raw honey from the NC mountains.
3. Boiron homeopathic Sabadil allergy medicine. I LOVE THIS STUFF SO MUCH I COULD MARRY IT!!! While I have not investigated why or how it works, all I can say is it is amazing and works. It does not work for me for my skin reactions to pollen & grass, but it is surprisingly effective for the respiratory and eye reactions. Safe for those ages 6 and up. My son asks for it now because he feels so much better. It dissolves on your tongue so no water is needed. It tastes neither good nor bad and the dissolving tablets make it fun for kids to take. Available at Whole Foods (~$14), CVS Pharmacy (<$10) and other natural food markets.
4. Boiron homeopathic Sinusalia. I LOVE THIS STUFF SO MUCH I WOULD KILL SABADIL TO MARRY THIS ONE!! While I have not investigated why or how it works, all I can say is it is amazing, it works and I am in love! I had nothing to loose one day when I did not have time to sign my life away to buy some real Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), but was going on my 3rd day of sinus congestion/migraine misery. Worked in 7 minutes! I took another dose 2 hours later and was pain and congestion free for another 4 days!!! Safe for those ages 6 and up. My son asks for it even though none of us can correctly pronounce it. It dissolves on your tongue so no water is needed. It tastes neither good nor bad and the dissolving tablets make it fun for kids to take. Available at Whole Foods (~$14), CVS Pharmacy (<$10) and other natural food markets.
5. Boiron Oscillococcinum Flu remedy. I have not personally used the product as I have the others listed above so I am not sure of the effectiveness. I just wanted to present an alternative to antiviral medications and flu shots for those looking for a more natural option. They also have a children's version. Available at Whole Foods, CVS, Wal-mart. If you see it at another national store, let me know so I can share the information with others.
Visit the website to download a $2 off coupon. http://www.oscillo.com/
Those of you that are physicians can request samples for their practice at http://www.boironusahcp.com/products/requestsamples.aspx
See attached for photos of the Sabadil and Sinusalia products. TONS cheaper than the prescription alternatives, plus they are effective and easy to take.
Renee Lea-Currie, Ph.D.