Two Ancient Therapies To Help You Enjoy The Outdoors This Spring
We are now well into Spring - the days are longer, the weather is warming up and flowers are in bloom. While that may entice crowds to run out and play, some of us have to think twice before stepping out as seasonal allergies start to make their appearance.
During this season pollen, the biggest culprit, is released into the air causing - you know it! Sneezing, runny nose, post-nasal drip, congestion, itchy eyes and throat.
Thankfully, there are two traditional Ayurvedic therapies that can relieve nasal allergy symptoms - Jala Neti (nasal cavity water cleansing) and Nasya (nasal cavity oiling).
Jala neti is the practice of cleansing the nasal cavity by pouring lukewarm saline water into one nostril and out through the other. This helps remove bacteria, allergens and excess mucus that could be causing irritation and congestion.
All you need is a neti pot and saline solution (1 teaspoon of salt mixed well in 2 cups of warm water). Here is a very helpful video on jala neti (note: this therapy can be done in the comfort of your own home and above a sink. You do not have to be out in the woods as demonstrated in the video 😉 )
Nasya is the therapeutic process of oiling the nasal cavity. This is simply done by pouring a few drops of sesame oil or Ayurvedic herb-infused oil in the nostrils and allowing it to coat the nasal passage. The oil provides healing and protection from dust and allergens. It is a good practice to do this daily and especially before stepping outside.
My preferred nasya oil is by Banyan Botanicals. Alternatively, you can simply use 2-3 drops of organic cold pressed sesame oil.
These two Ayurvedic therapies are natural and very gentle. They may bring relief without the use of allergy or sinus medications which can often cause drowsiness and increased dryness of the nasal passage. In my own practice, I have witnessed several clients who have been able to wean off antihistamines and nasal sprays such as Flonase.
Do try and feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
*Unless you have had surgery in your nose, or are severely allergic to particular ingredients in the oil, nasya is generally a very safe therapy.
🎯 Quote of the week
You can’t go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending.
— C.S. Lewis
🎥 Recommendation of the week - Documentary
Earlier this year I watched ‘Rising Phoenix’ - a heartfelt and inspirational documentary that celebrates the fortitude and passion of Paralympians. The film spotlights a group of athletes and their backstories which are incredibly moving.
If you haven’t already, do watch this film. I’d love to know your thoughts.