“Many people coming to New Mexico thought they were coming to the Southwest desert and then are surprised to discover just how much pollen is in the air here.” Plants actually thrive high above sea level, which is a large portion of New Mexico. Even at the bottom of the Rockies, there are “large forests of Mountain cedar and Juniper trees.” The Cedar trees pollinate for 5 months out of the year (January-March and September-October) and Juniper trees pollinate for 3 as well (February-April). So New Mexicans experience a lot of pollen.
New Mexico is also the #2 Pecan tree producer (behind Georgia) in the United States, and these trees produce a lot of pollen.
Did you know tumbleweeds pollinate as well? And there are plenty of those in New Mexico.
Thanks to the New Mexico Allergy Society for this information. You can click here to read the full article.
Interested in some natural remedies to help treat your sinuses this year?
Thanks to an article in Woman’s Day, we can help bring you 10 tricks of the trade.
Each of these remedies has been endorsed by a doctor.
- Saline Nasal Rinse: A Neti pot, or something like it, can help flush your sinuses with a saltwater solution. “I tell patients to pant like a puppy, which lifts the palate and closes off the back of the nose so you don’t get that drowning sensation,” says Sezelle Gereau Haddon, MD. Need a recipe to make your own solution?
- 1 Quart of Distilled or Boiled Water (Cooled)
- 2-3 Teaspoons of Non-Iodized Salt
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
- Coost-Mist Humidifier: “When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air,” says John Salerno, DO. It helps by binding with allergens in the air and falling as water droplets so you don’t inhale them.
- Air Purifier with HEPA Filter: The filter can help remove spores and pollen from the air.
- Steam Inhalation: With a solution of essential oils and breathing deeply, the oils and help deep in your system. Need a recipe? Here’s one from Dale Bellisfeld, RN, AHG.
- Boil Water, Then Remove From Heat
- 3 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 3 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Myrtle Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Mix and Breathe Deeply for 5-10 minutes, 1-3 times a day.
- Probiotics: Also known as “good” bacteria which works to keep your immune system well-balanced. “Dr. Haddon recommends choosing a brand that contains Lactobacillus chamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis and Acidophilus.”
- Honey: Since bees use pollen, it’s like a mini allergy shot. Put some local honey in your tea.
- Quercetin: This natural antihistamine can be found in the skin of onions, apples, or in pill form.
- Stinging Nettle Leaf: A common ingredient to a lot of allergy products, but it can also be taken in tea form. “To make sure you get enough of the medicinal oils, pour boiling water over the tea bag and cover the cup for 15 minutes to let the oils seep in before drinking.”
- Homeopathic Treatments: Certain herb and flower essences, diluted, can do a lot for allergy symptoms. Euphrasia helps burning and itchy eyes, and Allium cepa can help out a dripping nose.
- Acupuncture: “Dr. Salerno says it’s possible that stimulating some of meridians (channels through which energy flows) may help to temper an overactive immune system that can lead to a bad allergy season.”
If you want to read more about these allergy remedies, go ahead and click here for the Woman’s Day article. Feel better, ladies and gents!