ACHOO! Here’s Your All Natural 🌿 Allergy 🤧 Relief Guide

Your dosha determines your allergy
symptoms and how to best relieve them

The gorgeous spring flower blooms and blossoms can come with a hefty price for many of us – sniffles, sneezes, watery and itchy eyes, cough, congestion, headache and more!

Your primary dosha, and your current state of balance/imbalance, will determine what allergy symptoms you experience, their severity, and the most effective ways to reduce them naturally.

Everyone has a predominant Prakruti, one of three Ayurvedic constitutions, or doshas. (Learn your dosha with this quiz). And when our lives and wellbeing get out of balance we also have a specific Vikruti, the way that imbalance shows up in our unique body, mind and spirit.

A person with a kapha imbalance could experience kapha-like allergy symptoms any time of year, but especially during the kapha seasons of late winter and spring. Kapha dosha presents with cool, damp, dense, moist, soft and slow qualities. When kapha gets out of balance, it often causes excess mucus, slow digestion, swelling or edema, and feelings of lethargy or even depression. When we honor the seasons by aligning our habits with nature (adjusting to seasonal foods, activities and self care routines) and natural cycles, we can help manage, and reduce, seasonal allergy symptoms.

There are three types of allergies

  1.  Vata allergies show up as dry cough, wheezing, sneezing, dry eyes, bloating or burping, aches and pains, insomnia and restlessness. We recognize vata as the dosha made of air and ether, very mobile and dry, qualities that dominate during fall and early winter.

  2. Pitta allergies often manifest on the skin as dermatitis, rashes or hives that burn or itch, red, inflamed eyes, heartburn, nausea and inflammation in the respiratory organs. Pitta symptoms have qualities of heat, flushing and inflammation that can cause itching and burning sensations. Summer is pitta’s primary season.

  3. Kapha allergy symptoms present as congestion, mucus, runny nose, productive cough, sinusitis, heaviness and headaches. The wet, heavy and dense qualities of kapha show up in these symptoms – and in spring’s natural characteristics of dampness and fullness of new growth bursting forth.

What causes spring allergies? The Ayurvedic perspective:

During the winter, kapha often naturally accumulates in our bodies, to help balance out the cold and mobile qualities of nature’s vata time – winter – with the heavy, dense, warm, oily qualities of kapha. When the season transitions to spring, our weather warms up, spring rains come, and that accumulated kapha inside us gets a boost from nature’s kapha increasing. We can begin to have an overflow of kapha that can clog up our body’s channels. Those clogged channels, plus the build-up of ama (the natural build-up of toxins and undigested “stuff” in our bodies, minds, spirits) manifest as allergy symptoms. It’s all just trying to clear out of there! 🙂

In Ayurveda we approach symptoms by first looking for causative factors and eliminating as many as possible.

Then we incorporate the key principles that ‘like increases like’ and ‘opposites balance each other.’ For instance, to avoid heaviness, we eat lighter foods and stay active. To combat the cold, we consume warm foods seasoned with warming spices—and wear our coziest clothing!

9 Ayurvedic Tips to Combat Spring Allergies

Try the tips here that will fit easily into your day and that resonate with your level of comfort.

      1. Eliminate ama (toxic buildup) and strengthen agni (digestion) by drinking digestion supporting teas like CCF (equal parts coriander, cumin & fennel seeds), as well as Tulsi tea and fresh Ginger root tea. Fresh, organic herbs & spices provide more potency than dried, so use them whenever you can. The steps below will also help balance and strengthen your agni.

      2. Deal with any underlying dosha imbalances you may have to combat allergies (schedule a complimentary 30 min consult with me to identify how your doshas may be out of balance).

      3. Favor a kapha pacifying diet. Minimize cold, heavy, fried, sour and salty foods, sweets, refined sugar, refined flour and dairy. Favor bitter, pungent and astringent tastes, legumes, whole grains like brown rice, basmati, barley, millet, quinoa and amaranth, along with lightly cooked vegetables particularly greens, warming spices like ginger, cumin, mustard seeds, cardamom, turmeric and cinnamon. Reduce fermented foods, nuts/seeds, and nightshades. Avoid salads, yogurt, ice cream and cold beverages.

      4. Incorporate daily self care routines (dinacharya) that help clear the channels and help your systems function optimally.

        • Start the day with warm water, lemon (if it suits your constitution), a pinch of real mineral salt (or himalayan pink salt) and local honey if you like. This kickstarts digestion and elimination. ** ONLY ** add honey once beverage have reached a drinkable temperature – overheating honey increases ama!
        • Use a neti pot to gently rinse and flush out mucus, dust, pollen and such from the nasal passages. Kapha congestion responds particularly well to neti treatment. Neti can be used 2 – 3 times a day as needed.
        • Apply a couple of drops of oil (sesame, coconut oil or ghee) inside the nostrils daily (AKA nasya therapy) to soothe the nasal passages and clear mucus.
        • Try inhaling steam infused with mint, eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil.
        • Oil pulling helps clear ama from the mouth, keeping teeth and gums healthy, and stimulates digestion. In the morning, after you brush, take a teaspoon of sesame, coconut or other organic oil, and swish it around in your mouth for 1- 3 minutes and spit it out in the trash.
        • If allergy symptoms irritate your throat, gargle with warm water, a pinch of turmeric and salt to soothe and clear that pathway.

               5.  Get outside and enjoy that spring weather! Bike, hike, walk, garden, dance, whatever
                    you enjoy. Of course, if going outdoors triggers your allergies, stick to exercising indoors.
                   Movement is the key, as it increases circulation, lymph flow and clearance of  stagnant
                     energies from the channels.

               6.  If you practice yoga, include sun salutations, back bends, warrior, triangle,
                    tree pose, legs up the wall and bridge pose along with other poses that open
                    the chest and abdomen to expand the lungs. These are warming and
                   invigorating poses
    that help create the heat and movement that loosen up
                    the tissues and allow for clearing toxins out through our natural detox
                    pathways.

               7.  Daytime sleep increases kapha, so avoid naps unless you are sick or
                   recovering.
    Try this yoga nidra if you need an afternoon refresher.

               8.  Do a seasonal cleanse. A springtime cleanse improves digestion and
                    elimination, helps balance the doshas and works to strengthen the body to
                    prevent future imbalances. Use this DIY cleanse guide for step by step
                    guidance to complete your cleanse.

               9.  Start, or continue, a regular meditation practice. Meditation helps reduce
                    stress. Stress weakens our constitution so it can worsen allergy symptoms.
                    Meditation also helps boost your overall immunity, calms your mind and
                    refreshes your spirit, plus a myriad of other health benefits. New to
                   meditation? Try one of these short guided practices to begin with.

    With some simple self-care adjustments and herbal supports, you can greatly reduce allergy symptoms naturally. If you experience severe allergy symptoms, of course, consult with your medical doctor before making any changes to your current treatment plan.

    Hope these tips help you enjoy stopping to smell the flowers. 🙂

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