Fun Fact: April, derived from the Latin term meaning “open”, is believed to be a reference to the “opening” or “blossoming” of flowers and trees.

Spring is officially here; warm weather, blooming plants, outdoor activities, sunshine and allergies. Don’t let allergies control or ruin your spring or summer. Allergies, also referred to as Hay Fever, are usually caused by indoor allergens, pollen, dust mites, molds, and/or pets. Imagine, it’s 7a.m. and you are enjoying a cup of tea on your porch, inhaling the fresh smell of flowers and then suddenly “ah-choo”. What happens is that our bodies identify a foreign (harmless) substance (pollen) and as a response, antibodies are produced; every time you come in contact with those substances. Now, it would be wonderful to write about the perfect cure but unfortunately, there is no surefire way to prevent allergies. However, there are things you can do to suffer less. Please talk to your doctor before trying any of the suggestions below.

Symptoms include: Runny nose and nasal congestion, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy nose, itchy roof of mouth and throat, fatigue and post-nasal drip.

Helpful Relief Tips: Always check the pollen levels and weather daily • Don’t dry laundry outdoors • Wash hair and body after pollen exposure •  Start spring cleaning before allergy season begins (or climax) •  Go outside after it rains •  Drive with windows up •  Buy a humidifier •  Wear protective eyewear

Talk to your doctor before trying: Acupuncture, nasal sprays, allergy medications, probiotics, and allergy shots.

Alternative Activities: Indoor swimming • Beaches • Indoor rock climbing • Indoor tennis • Indoor go-karting • Indoor volleyball

Allergy Relief Recipes:

Allergy Relief Tea: Apple Cider Vinegar (substitute w/ chamomile) • Local Honey • Water • Lemon

Nasal Relief Wash: Boiling Water • Salt • Baking soda • Comfrey • Rosemary • Violet and Chamomile • Neti pot, bottle, or spray bottle

Essential Oil Allergy Blend: Chamomile • Lavender • Cedar wood — inhale deeply • Add Beeswax — rub on wrist or under the nose

Important Dates: Next RAYSAC Steering Committee Meeting — June 13, 2019 from 4:30pm—6pm • DEA Take Back — April 27, 2019  from 10am to 2pm • Elevate Your Vibe — May 11, 2019 from 10am to 3pm

Reference: Seasonal Allergies: Nip them in the bud.