Ragweed 101

George and I try to avoid OTC meds. We hit a point in our 40’s when our car, my purse and the kitchen all looked like drug stores. We started eating right and got off all medications. It’s a lifestyle we embrace and it helps our wallets too.

My respiratory allergies diminished as we cleaned up our diets but this fall has been brutal. We had a summer with many rainy days. Our yard looks green and lush and the ragweed is blooming in the south with extra intensity.

Yesterday was misery. I wanted to claw my eyes out. Here are some tips that actually are working for me and maybe they’ll help you.

  • Shower and wash your hair at least once a day – it removes the pollen from your hair which is also around your eyes. If you work outside for any length of time, suck it up. It means another shower and hair wash.
  • Drink a teaspoon of pure raw apple cider vinegar when symptoms are acute. I get relief right away. Sometimes I have to do this 3 or 4 times a day.I try to direct the vinegar to the back of my throat and away from my teeth. I read the vinegar can etch the enamel from your teeth but my dentist has never pointed out any problems with my teeth due to this so I don’t worry about it.
  • Every time you shower, the clothes you just removed need to go to the laundry for the same reason. They probably aren’t dirty, but they are pollen magnets.
  • I crave sweets when my body is freaking out from the pollen. Our youngest daughter taught me to make a salad from chopped organic green apples, arugula leaves and grapefruit sections. It’s dressed with as much raw apple cider vinegar as you can take. This salad helps me a lot. It hits that craving for sweets while strengthening my immune system. Thank you Carmen. That salad is a solid home run and it tastes good too.
  • Avoid any personal care product like hair conditioners that act like magnets for pollen. I try not to wear makeup during this time for the same reason.
  • Use a freshly laundered pillow case each night until the ragweed stops blooming. This minimizes pollen particles near your face during the night. I change the pillowcase at night right before bedtime. As I type this out, I’m wondering if I should cover our bed with a king sized sheet during the day and then remove it right before we go to bed. That might be a good idea actually.
  • Freeze some fruit to snack on. A bite of frozen grape or banana can feel heavenly. I don’t know if it’s the cold or just the great taste that diverts, but it helps.
  • Cold packs on your face can give you some welcome relief.
  • If all else fails, jump on a plane headed for Seattle or Italy. I never had ragweed symptoms in the fall in either of those two regions.

These tips help me avoid allergy meds. Sorry Zyrtec but you cost a lot and I worry about side effects.

Today’s power up is courtesy of our grocery budget that got a much needed rest while we were on vacation.

Today’s Deposit: $50.57
Level Completed: 171 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $908.86
Total Balance: $21,093.82
Our Money Game fund has increased 4.5% so far this month.

$666.41 is needed to reach the next level

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Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game


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