Winter may be coming to a close, but for some people, allergies kick in where cold season leaves off. You’ve seen stuffy nose remedies here before, but I’ve got more up my sleeve than just a wad of tissue. Most of these are remedies safe for any age.
Boil 4 cups of water with 1/4 cup lemon thyme and inhale the steam. For little ones, use very close supervision and inhale with them. Then you’ll be certain the steam isn’t too hot or too powerful. Or try 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Boil and inhale the steam, same as with the lemon thyme concoction.
Here’s a slightly unorthodox remedy: Put lots of ice cubes in a tub of water and submerge ONLY your toes! Pleasant? No. Strangely effective? Yes.
If that doesn’t have you shivering already, consider my favorite – the neti pot. This is a solution for older children and adults, and although the neti pot may seem like an unpleasant idea, it’s actually the most effective way of relieving a stuffy nose that I know. The neti pot looks like a squat watering can made of ceramic. With warm water (not too hot!) and about a teaspoon of sea salt, you flush out your sinuses by leaning over the sink and pouring into one nostril. The water comes out the other nostril, thus giving your sinuses a full cleansing. Trust me – it doesn’t hurt at all. If it did, I’d never use one.
If you’d like a demonstration, you won’t be getting one from me. But Dr. Oz showed Oprah’s audience how to use a neti pot , and you can see for yourself. Notice the smiling, pain-free woman demonstrating. See? When you have sinus pain, there's nothing more soothing than the neti pot.
So pack up those tissues and be prepared for relief from allergies this spring. The sun is shining and the outdoors is calling you!