Are your eyes itching?
As I get older it seems like my allergies get worse. Every spring my eyes start itching, nose running and I end up feeling miserable. I thought I would share some home remedies I found here in case you suffer too. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if you have any to share with the community.
Red Onion Water
Onions contain a water soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been demonstrated in preliminary studies to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. It is, essentially, nature’s version of an anti-histamine. Quercetin itself has also been shown to inhibit inflammation, as well as act as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier.
You will need…
-1 red onion
-4 cups of water
-Organic, raw, honey to taste
Directions: Thinly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times daily. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like (I personally recommend it.)
Nettle has such a negative image, but it’s one of the most incredible herbs you will use once you add it to your repertoire. From relieving arthritis (link), lowering blood pressure, and (of course) helping seasonal allergies, it performs a wide variety of functions thanks to its (find property names.) The peppermint contains a type of flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can help inhibit the activity and secretion of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines, and greatly reduce the dreadful discomfort that comes along them.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon of dried peppermint OR ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint
-1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf OR ¼ cup chopped fresh nettle leaf
-Honey and lemon to taste (optional)
-8 ounces of fresh water
Directions: It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Place the nettle and peppermint in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes, strain; add honey to taste, and drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.
Recipes from Claire at http://everydayroots.com/allergy-remedies
Hang It Up
After Friday’s post of the photographs edited to remove smartphones I thought I’d share this article by an author who has chosen to hang up her cell-phone for good. It’s worth a read and maybe even worth considering.
A Screen-less Life?
I thought that this poignant compilation of photos was worth a share today and I’d love to hear what you think.
Wake up my friend! Wake up every fiber, organ, and cell of your body. This is the only life that you get and it is time to get the most out of it. You are an amazing person with purpose there is a reason you are reading these words. What is the legacy that you will leave to the world? Is it a legacy of how much television that you watched, how may video games you played, a legacy of over indulging your senses in an attempt to feel good?
If you are struggling to be happy and fulfilled, it could be because you are only living for yourself.
You need to get outside of yourself, wake up, and go out to serve others. By giving selflessly to others without hope for reward or recognition we will find our true higher self and be in the flow of who we are meant to be.
Make YOUR Minutes Matter