Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Put those drugs away...Natural Remedies for Allergies

My Dogwood
 The sight of a blooming dogwood...it can almost take your breath way.  Throw in the flowering pears and azaleas and it's like you've stepped into a painting.  Unfortunately, here in the south, all this abundant beauty brings misery for young and old alike.  I have suffered from allergies since I was a young child and my children have inherited that wonderful trait from me.  How is it we seem to pass down all the undesirable traits for sure?  This year has actually been a little better for us thanks to the discovery of some little white pills.  A few months back, I purchased Hyland's Allergy Relief 4 Kids homeopathic pills on a lark.  I didn't expect them to do anything but thought it was worth a try.  Occasionally someone eats something or is exposed to a fragrance and the sneezing begins.  The suggested dosage is every 15 minutes for the first 8 doses but the sneezing stopped after the first dose!  We were shocked.  My kids are firm believers now and as soon as the sneezing or watery eyes begin, they're asking, "Mom, where's the allergy pills?"

There are a couple other things that are supposed to really help with allergies but I have never done either consistently enough to vouch for them one way or the other.  One is eating local honey.  I do buy local honey and use it but I read that you should take a couple teaspoons a day to receive the allergy benefits.  I have a hard time taking it straight but have been mixing it into my green tea.

The other natural allergy reliever is Quercitin.  I found some great info at the following link:
http://www.immunesupport.com/92fal004.htm.  According to this site, taking 1000 to 2000 mg per day will help with allergy and asthma symptoms (I suffer from both).  It also suggests taking Bromelain with it to improve the absorb-ability of the Quercitin.  My mom swears by quercitin (which can be obtained through onions and apples as well) but again, I've never been consistent enough with it to know whether it would work for us.

Both Hibiscus and Nettle are great antihistamines and since they can be taken in tea form, would be easy to administer to kids.

I usually order my herbs from either Iherb.com or Vitacost.com and for this I found Iherb to have the better pricing if you buy the Now Foods brand.   I may have to place an order and give this one a try as well.  I purchased my Hyland's pills through Frontier and they had the absolute best price but if you don't have a way of ordering through them wholesale, then I suggest Iherb for the next best price.

So, I hope this helps.  I'm gonna go help myself to a teaspoon of honey and let the experiment begin!

We've got babies!!!

As I mentioned previously, our Silkie, Aretha, has been sitting.  We weren't due until tomorrow but two adorable little peeps decided to grace us with their presence a day early.  As you can imagine, there is much excitement in the air, tempered by a little reality.  We are only going to name them if they are girls.  So we are giving them girl names and hoping for the best!  If they turn out to be a boy, they will be "chicken".  With 3 roosters already strutting their stuff in our chicken/goat/duck yard, we can't afford to keep anymore.  So we have decided that the boys will be dinner.  I'm not sure yet if they will be our dinner but for sure we won't be the ones preparing them for dinner!  I know the old farmer's creed is "if you raise it to eat it, you should be man enough to kill it" but it is gonna have to suffice that I fed it, loved it, gave it a really good life and let somebody else take that life away in the most humane way possible.  Anyways, we are letting the babies stay with Aretha as opposed to last time when we had to take them away immediately from our Black Stars that were sitting.  They have no idea how to mother and the babies that got left with them were dead by the next day.  The ones we took and put in a little box all survived (until the oppossum got them :(   However, I have been doing a lot of reading and Silkies are supposed to be the best moms and so far, that seems to be the case.  Here's a picture of one of the new babies, I think this one is Daisy (or "chicken").