Written by Naomi Neustadt, LMT
Allergy season is upon us and like many of you, I experience seasonal allergies. Symptoms can vary from a headache and sinus pressure to congestion and itchy eyes or just a general tiredness I can’t explain. Clients have asked me – what do I do for allergies? To combat my symptoms I try to regularly do the three following things:
Drink lemon water in the morning (or at least at some point in my day): I juice 1/2 of a lemon and add it into a mug of warm or room temperature water.
Clean my sinuses from the inside using a netti pot: I prefer the squeeze bottle option from NeilMed as there is less awkward tilting involved. I try to do this 1-2x a week for maintenance and daily if I feel allergy symptoms. Make sure you use distilled or boiled water. **For instructions on use please consult with your doctor.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage focused on my sinuses: MLD can help relieve sinus pressure and congestion. I use MLD techniques on my face about once a week for maintenance. When I am actively experiencing allergy symptoms, I will use the techniques daily. **To learn MLD techniques you can use on yourself, book an MLD session and one of our practitioners will happily teach you how to use MLD on yourself. Here is a link to an awesome interactive tool for understanding sinus anatomy.