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Tis the Season for Allergies

file0001173275174I’ve always been a person who tended to get sick a lot. It has a lot to do with the tumor and surgery I had at birth–something about a weaker immune system. When I was six, they finally diagnosed me as being allergic to beans. When I was seven, they diagnosed me with asthma. By the time I was 13, they added several environmental allergies to a growing list of health issues. Once, when I was in the eighth grade (I think), I was sick for six months straight.

I went through a stint in my 20’s when I wasn’t sick very often, my allergies weren’t really much of an issue, and I got a taste of a “normal” life. I don’t even think I ever had to be rushed to the ER for anaphylactic shock during those few short years (I think I went about once a year at least during my school years). Then I had kids, and that all changed.

A couple of years ago, I went to an allergist to get tested because I hadn’t been since high school. They tested me for 42 local environmental allergies.

I was allergic to all 42.

Yes, allergies are lots of fun. (That was dripping with sarcasm for those who don’t know me well enough to recognize it.)

Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that for me, allergy shots don’t work. Zyrtec takes the edge off, but that’s about it–Claritin doesn’t work at all. So the spring and fall seasons can be pretty miserable for me–especially the spring.

This year, I’m hoping to try two new treatments.

Several people have mentioned to me in the past two weeks (which is odd because I’d never heard this before) that I should try local honey. Something about the pollen the bees use to make the honey helping to build up an immunity–something like the flu shot. A teaspoon or 2 every day, and I should start to see a difference in a couple of weeks. Interesting… I just have to find someplace that sells local honey.

The other thing is that I’ve been getting into essential oils lately. I ordered a Family Physician kit from DoTerra. My husband and I have already tried the Deep Blue, an oil mixture for aching muscles and joints. It really works! I saw somewhere that a friend had found or made an allergy remedy from their oils.

Maybe “all natural” can fix what man has not–or at least help.

Allergies, I will not let you keep me down!


About Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is being published as a 4-part serial! When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

One comment on “Tis the Season for Allergies

  1. The local honey must be raw, too. Be prepared to pay through the nose, but it’ll be worth it to breathe through the same nose. 🙂

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