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Month: May 2018
Ever since I remember spring and summer, it was in the form of a runny nose, sneezing, eye itching and skin rashes.
Allergy to pollen, because I talk about it, spent my dreams.
Drugs desensitizing, eye drops, “waiting” for the time of pollen at home, when other children enjoyed the beautiful weather and played in the garden, these are my spring and summer memories.
Over time, my allergy gave me a gentle forget.
Until … when I again experienced contact with amazing nature, blooming flowers and trees and waking up to nature in winter.
I caught up in Minnesota – 10,000 lakes, forests and trees!
This time I decided to act fully naturally, without unnecessary, pharmaceutical chemistry!
As you know, I love natural methods of treatment and thus avoiding the chemical drugs that pharmaceutical companies offer us.
Always at the beginning we should reach for the natural means that nature offers us (of course, whenever we do not have health or life risks).
Allergy medications have now become so widely available that they can be bought without a prescription in pharmacies, shops and even at gas stations.
I don’t know if you know that research into the safety of the use of anti-allergy drugs is still underway, even though they have been released for sale and sale.
Many of them, despite their antihistamine action (consisting in inhibiting the production of an inflammatory mediator – histamine), have side effects.
The most common are:
– drowsiness and slowed body reaction
– coordination disorders
– and even heart rhythm disorders
What are my natural ways to allergy?
1. EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
All good and secret lies in the seeds of this plant, which conceals an extremely valuable and nourishing oil.
Particularly noteworthy is the gamma-linolenic acid, which is the precursor of PGE1 prostaglandin.
Evening primrose oil is very helpful in the case of atopic dermatitis.
The most valuable is the oil from the evening primrose seeds – it retains its properties.
We can add to “raw” (without heating) to salads and vegetable, cottage cheese or directly consume on a teaspoon.
You can buy evening primrose oil in capsules in the form of a dietary supplement.
Remember to be from a proven source and without unnecessary additional substances and fillers.
The best is the liquid, closed in a gelatin capsule, which we can translate, and the contents squeeze on a teaspoon.
Gamma-linolenic acid also occurs from the seeds: borage, hemp, blackcurrant.
Interesting fact: Gamma-linolenic acid is found in breast milk, hence the importance of women eating evening primrose oil, so that valuable fatty acids penetrate into her milk and enrich the baby’s food. It can harden and prevent the occurrence of allergies at a later age.
2. BLACK SEED OIL (BLACK CUMIN OIL)
Oil from these small grains has a strong antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effect, which is very well used in the treatment of allergies.
Specific action was found in hay fever, atopic dermatitis and difficulty in breathing after contact with the allergen.
What’s the secret?
In oil from seeds abounds essential fatty acids, which are responsible for the production of, among others prostaglandins – substances necessary in immunological processes (stimulate the body to produce antibodies).
Particularly noteworthy is thymoquinone, a substance in oil, which has a strong antibacterial, immunostimulatory and antiseptic effect.
It has been shown that thymoquinone blocks the production of PGE2 prostaglandin in the case of allergic airway inflammation1.
How to use?
In the form of cold pressed oil (1 teaspoon 2 times a day), similar to the oil from evening primrose oil – we add it to salads, vegetable, cottage cheese.
Seeds can be added to dishes or sprinkled with bread, which will further enrich the taste.
Externally: applied on the skin – moisturizes, smoothes the epidermis and accelerates the healing process in the case of AD (atopic dermatitis).
Is black seed oil safe for everyone?
Although it has been used for centuries and does not cause side effects, pregnant women should refrain from consuming black cumin seed oil.
There are not enough studies confirming the safety of use, in this particular period.
Some active substances in the oil may cause uterine contractions, which may result in a miscarriage.
NOTE: As with other herbs and medicinal plants, noticeable therapeutic effects of evening primrose oil and black cumin seed oil can be observed after about 2 months of regular use.
However, it is worth conscientiously and regularly consuming vegetable oils, because thank you also our skin (will become elastic, firm and smoothed), hormonal system (often vegetable oils have a very good effect on the hormonal balance of women – regulate menstrual cycles, reduce the unpleasant symptoms of PMS), nails they will stop breaking and the hair will shine (bulbs will be nourished = less hair falling out).
Advantages only 🙂
3. VITAMIN C (in its natural form)
At the moment when we get an allergy, vitamin C turns out to be extremely helpful.
It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies, thereby mobilizing our body to fight allergens.
In what form is the best?
Naturally, in which vegetables and fruits abound.
Most of it can be found in the fruits of wild rose, acerola fruit, blackcurrant, paprika, kale, parsley, as well as in kiwi and citrus.
Spring and summer is a good time to eat citrus fruits, because thanks to its cooling effect they help us maintain proper thermoregulation on warm and hot days. Additionally, they hydrate the body.
I especially recommend you a delicious cocktail with kale and freshly squeezed orange juice! Nutritious and antiallergic bomb!
In the case of natural vitamins, it is not possible to overdose them, because the body itself “regulates” the amount of ingredients that it absorbs.
If we want to use the dietary supplements available on the market, we always choose which ones are completely natural, without unnecessary additional substances, and the producer is a trusted and worth buying retailer.
During periods of increased pollination of plants, I often reach for vitamin C, which comes from the fruits of acerola.
Usually in a dose of 1 gram 2-3 times a day.
And I give a word, the amount of 3 grams a day does not cause side effects (sometimes sensitive people may come to a diarrhea).
4. EYE COMPRESSES FROM BLACK TEA
Ordinary black tea in bags can sometimes work wonders.
The tea has astringent and soothes irritated conjunctiva.
How to use?
Pour 2 tea bags of black tea with boiling water, leave to stretch for about 1 minute.
Gently remove the bags (do not press the water) and leave to cool.
Warm (but not hot) tea compresses put on irritated eyes and leave for 15-20 minutes.
We can repeat the conflict.
Why not use herbs on allergen-prone eyes?
Because often herbs and plants are strong allergens that can aggravate the allergic reaction.
Such plants include, in particular, chamomile, yarrow, bycat and wormwood.
Are you looking for a light dish that will also work well in the form of a snack?
Perfect for summer meetings with friends!
Surprise your guests (and yourself :)) with these delicate eggplant rolls with refreshing rice 🙂
What are dolma?
This is a kind of “rolls” that we can prepare in a meat or vegetarian / vegan version with rice, nuts or raisins.
The only difference is that the stuffing is wrapped in grape leaves and not in cabbage.
I suggest to you instead of grape leaves, generally available eggplant, which in this edition tastes delicious!
To prepare 3-4 servings:
1 cup of cooked basmati rice
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint leaves
freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
2 tablespoons of raisins (previously soaked in water)
½ cup of olive oil (the amount for baking eggplants, rice stuffing and the top of dolma)
Himalayan salt, freshly ground black pepper
- Wash the eggplants, cut into long slices, sprinkle with salt and leave for 10-15 minutes until they release the juice (this way you will get rid of bitterness and harmful solanine).
- Wash eggplants slices with water, gently dry.
- Arrange on a baking tray, sprinkle with olive oil and bake until they are brown (when baking, turn to the other side) *.
During baking, prepare stuffing:
- Combined cooked rice with finely chopped fresh mint leaves, soaked raisins, squeezed lemon juice and 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season to taste with Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Baked eggplants slices cool down for each and put a stuffing of rice and wrap in a roll.
- Finished dolma put on a platter or in a deeper dish and topped with the rest of the oil.
- You can also sprinkle mint leaves.
- Serve chilled, because these are the best 🙂
* we can also garnish eggplants slices and prepare stuffing earlier.
In this way, we have a delicious barbecue starter 🙂