Well, there’s an interesting topic! I’ll explain. One of my students gave me an Easter gift and part of it was a Godiva chocolate Easter bunny! So I ate it. All. Of. It. Might as well just get rid of that temptation all at once! And besides, it was hollow. Still not a good idea. In the past eating chocolate sometimes triggers what would at first seem to be seasonal allergy issues. But I’ve kind of noticed a pattern after eating chocolate. Not all chocolate – just the ones that are more white sugar filled. Like my family favorite chocolate pudding – especially when it’s still warm. And apparently Godiva chocolate Easter bunnies. What happens sometimes is that I’ll start getting that feeling of acid being dripped down my throat. Then the cough develops. Starts as a tickle and is especially a problem when laying in bed. Occasionally even leads to congestion. Not often but sometimes. So when everyone else is complaining of seasonal allergies, I tend to blame it on that – not the chocolate. But for whatever reason there seems to be a connection. And for whatever reason, I succumb to the temptation of eating junky food! Not all the time – but sometimes.
Which now leads to the discussion of post nasal drip. And more importantly, what to do about it. Great topic, I know. It is important to know that when using natural means to alleviate whatever issue is going on, time is of the essence. Which means you need to be prepared ahead of time. It’s hard to start a natural remedy quickly if you don’t have any. With my recent bout of allergy conditions I decided to put together a list of helpful ideas so I could quickly refer to it and choose a couple. Now I want to pass that along to you.
1. The first, and probably most effective is nasal irrigation. Many think that is disgusting, but in my opinion, it’s more disgusting to leave pollen, dust, etc. up in your nasal passages and sinus cavities. I used to use a neti bottle but my friend passed along a suggestion that her ENT gave her. I now use this method so I don’t have to worry about a contaminated neti bottle. In a pot, place 2 cups of distilled water. Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of salt. I just use the pink Himalayan sea salt that I use in the kitchen. Warm the water and stir so the salt can dissolve. Keeping your mouth open, cup some water in the palm of your hand and gently inhale it into the sinus’. Repeat until the water is gone. You’ll have all manner of stuff drain out through your nose. I’ll spare you the details. You’ll probably need to stop frequently to blow your nose during this process.
2. Gargle warm salt water, about 1/2 teaspoon to one cup of water.
3. Try drinking fresh ginger tea. Grate a couple of tablespoons or more into water. Add cinnamon sticks, green tea, red rooibos tea, or whatever you like. Simmer about 10 minutes unless using green tea. For that turn off the heat and add about 1 teaspoon green tea leaves and steep 5 additional minutes. Add raw local honey to taste.
4. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas, or water with fresh lime juice.
5. Keep higher humidity in the house. This keeps the dry air from irritating the throat even more that it already is. One simple way to do this is to simply simmer a pan of water on the cooktop, being careful not to let it run out of water.
6. Add Eucalyptus essential oil to very hot water and inhale the steam.
7. Drink 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 1 cup warm water at least 3 times per day.
8. Take plenty of Vitamin C or drink lots of lemon water for the vitamin C.
9. Avoid spicy, cold, or dairy foods. Keep stress low. Avoid sleeping on back and running the air conditioner, esp. directly on you.
10. Purchase a saline only nasal spray from the drug store and use it frequently throughout the day. Can also add lavender essential oil to it.
11. Hot soup made with chicken bone broth.
12. Grapefruit seed extract – 10 drops in a glass of water 3 times per day. I use NutriBiotic brand. It’s also good for colds, flus, purifying water, and many other things.
13. Lavender, lemon, peppermint essential oils – 2 drops each in a small amount of water. I suggest Young Living brand. Repeat this several times per day.
14. Seagate Olive Leaf nasal spray. This is excellent for congestion.
15. Elderberry syrup. Use this recipe.
16. Traditional Medicinals brand Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat tea. It really soothes a raw throat.
I hope you find some ideas that work for you on this list! Another thing to keep in mind is to eat and do things that will support your body’s immune system. Refraining from adding toxins to your body is important as well (like chocolate Easter bunnies) – but that’s a subject for another day!