Allergy season has arrived. For some of you, this is true. For others, allergy season is year-round and the allergens just change from mold to pollen to ragweed to dust and there is no relief. Allergy season’s cousin, cold and flu season, often comes with similar complaints with the stuffy nose-sneezing-coughing scenario. That’s coming right around the corner.
While I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, I do have a few pearls of wisdom to impart, both on the organizational side of this topic as well as the health side of it.
Let’s start with the practical and organizational aspect. Do you have tissues in the house? Do you have EXTRA tissues in the house? This is one of those things you MUST have. If you need some, immediately run to put it on your shopping list. I am a big list person. (A shout out to Mom for this habit). A magnetized pad of paper on the fridge is a must. I know some people just tear off toilet paper and use that in place of tissues, which is witnessed from the schools I’ve taught in, but then that creates potential problems in the bathroom. ‘Nuff said. Send your kids to school with their own stash of tissues. DO NOT depend on the teacher nor classroom to have tissues available. After 20 years in a classroom, the classic sneeze, cover the nose, and raise the hand in need of a tissue is all too familiar.
So before you re-stock your medicine cabinet. First take stock what you have. Look at those expiration dates on the packaging. If it is outdated, chuck it. I’ll leave it up to you to decide to how dispose of it. I’m sure there’s some You-tube video out there on the best way to do it. I know some people say “companies put dates on products to make you buy more”. I don’t think 3 seconds elapsing after an expiration date warrants throwing something out, but I wouldn’t let years pass either.
Medicinal relief-whether you take allergy medication either prescription or over-the-counter have some on-hand. Same goes for pain relief, stomach problem relief, boo-boo cream (more commonly known as antibiotic ointment), band-aids, etc. As long as you are re-stocking, you may as well inventory what you have.in your medicine cabinet. Since things expire, I don’t suggest buying in bulk, except for maybe the band-aids, which don’t expire and one can never have enough of those.
I love health food stores and all the alternative products they have to offer. I’m not recommending which to get–whether “standard” or “alternative” cold or allergy relief. Just please be prepared with something. Just don’t stick a vegetable on your feet to cure what ails you. In not that into alternative. Stick with a product. Read the package insert and follow the dosing directions, obviously.
Besides your tissues and medicinal relief have on hand:
- a Neti pot. It looks like an Aladdin lamp. You fill it with warm salty water. You lean over the sink with your head tipped and pour water into your nostrils, one at a time. Then you expel all the gunk into the sink. I learned about this years ago when I took a yoga class. It really really helps. Google a how-to video if you are curious to learn more.
- Eucalyptus Oil. A few drops in the shower, bath, or in a diffuser works wonders and helps you breathe again. You can put drop on your wrist or chest, too (use a carrier oil). Vicks Vapor rub works great, also.
- Honey. Tea with honey and lemon is something Mom and Grandma always said to drink. If you don’t like the tea, at least have the lemon and honey available.
- Homemade chicken soup. It’s the Jewish penicillin. If you are vegan or vegetarian, well, skip this one. You paleo folks can still partake. Plan ahead–cook now and freeze in serving-size containers for the proverbial rainy day. When your allergies are going haywire or you are under the weather, I know cooking is the last thing in the world I want to do.
- Vitamin C
There is a great children’s book my kids love. It’s called ‘The Grandma Cure’ by Pamela Mayer. It’s about a little girl in kindergarten home with a cold. The first day she is out sick one grandmother comes to watch her when her parents are at work. The second day her other grandmother comes. The third day, both grandmothers show up. They argue over which is best for their granddaughter-orange juice or tea with lemon and honey, rice pudding or chicken soup, etc. The little girl gives over lessons to the feuding grandmothers about lessons she learned from her teacher about getting along and sharing. The message is that there is not only one correct solution to a problem.
So, be well, be healthy, and be prepared for allergy season.
The Klutter Koach