Hello fellow salters! Can you believe its ‘s March already?! We are well into the new year and Spring is just around the corner. Which means we will be trading in the dreaded flu season for our Rocket City’s even more dreaded allergy season.

How can we get get ahead of spring allergies? NOW is the time to start preparing yourself and your family so that when that problematic pollen covers the Tennessee Valley, your body is prepared to handle it! High pollen counts often make it hard to breathe for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

March and April are peak times for trees to pollinate in the Tennessee Valley. Here’s some simple tips to help you before the pollen hits you!

Before we get started on how to keep up with your allergies this year, I feel its important to mention that allergy maintenance doesn’t just require keeping your body happy and healthy. While things like water, vitamins, exercise and eating right all play a crucial role in allergy control, another main component is keeping your house clean! We spend over 90% of our time indoors, which means we are constantly bringing dirt and air pollutants into our homes.

Changing air filters, deep cleaning rugs and carpet and using natural cleaners are all great ways to help reduce allergens in your home.

In herbal “medicine” it is often said “like cures like”.  Those with Ragweed allergies may find relief from the leaves picked before flowering and used as tea or tincture. This is extremely effective for allergic symptoms. Used in combination with Nettle before the allergy season hits is a great way to ease the strain of seasonal allergies.

A tea of goldenrod and nettle leaves makes for a strong preventative, which can be used in conjunction with another great preventative, local honey! It’s a slow but time-tested method, as is using local bee pollen – but be careful with pollen if you have strong allergies because too much can cause a reaction!

If you’re an essential oiler, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, and Chamomile diffused are all great for easing allergies, and they smell delicious!

Of course I can’t fail to mention that Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, does wonders for allergies ?. Salt is naturally anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

By breathing salt into your lungs, all those tiny salt particles travel deep into your respiratory system, soaking up any mucus and easing inflammation along the way. Halotherapy reduces the frequency and symptoms of allergies by reducing the migration of inflammatory cells.

We use a pharmaceutical grade salt, pulverized into micro-size particles to allow deep inhalation into your respiratory system.  The salt will absorb many allergens, pollutants and toxins we breath on a regular basis.  Our body will then excrete these through the normal metabolic process.