Here comes the spring
Trees and flowers pollen they fling
My eyes and nose remembering
Itching, running, dripping thing.
Poem by Robert and Lynn Hasel.
Seasonal allergies affect a large number of people in the springtime when trees and plants begin to release pollen into the air.
Spring is Kapha season, which is when the environment is warming up and fluids start to flow again in plants that have been dormant over the winter. Because our body is a microcosm of the macrocosm(our environment), many people will feel the effects of seasonal changes in their respiratory system.
The word “cough” is derived from the Sanskrit word Kapha. The seat of Kapha in our body is in the chest, where more mucous will develop in the spring. Kapha dosha is easily aggravated in the springtime, and will cause mucous to increase. This leads to congestion in the sinuses, asthma, and other seasonal allergy reactions.
In Ayurveda, a strong and resilient immune system function, or a strong Ojus, is the product of excellence in the body tissues from the proper metabolism of the food we consume.
When Ojus is qualitatively, quantitatively and functionally optimal, it protects the body against disease causative factors by identifying potentially harmful substances from our environment, such as, toxins, bacteria and viruses and eliminates them.
Conversely, when our immune system is compromised in any way and seasonal allergens are present, Kapha dosha is aggravated. Our immune system gets overly involved with an excessively forceful reaction to a substance that is typically harmless. This response causes symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Symptoms are uncomfortable, including sinus congestion, dripping nose, itching throat, or watering, itching eyes. Sometimes the overreaction of the immune system can escort symptoms toward the lungs in the form of asthma, or toward the skin in the form of a rash or eczema.
When strong and resilient, our immune system will not build an aggressive reaction to pollen, but will eliminate pollen in a milder, more constructive manner with less symptoms.
The following recipe is helpful for relief of acute seasonal allergy symptoms:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric into
one teaspoon of raw honey and make a paste
eat small bites of paste alternating with sips of one cup of hot water.
It’s delicious and helps clear sinuses.
This following recipe helps to keep metabolism strong and the immune system resilient:
Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel powder 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
Slice of fresh ginger 1/4 inch chopped
Place above ingredients in coffee filter and pour 12 ounces of hot water slowly through it into large coffee mug or thermos. When cooled enough to drink stir in 1 teaspoon of local honey.
Sip on this throughout the day, especially during the allergy season.