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Fall Allergies

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Runny nose or itchy eyes, but its autumn. Maybe it's an allergic reaction to leaf mold. It seems that masking (although critical during COVID) may contribute to these symptoms.

One of my go-to's for allergy support is the flavonoid antioxidant Quercetin.

Quercetin gives a variety of plants their color, including elderberries, onion skins, green tea, berries, jalapeno peppers, apples and asparagus, to name a few.

It also colors the ginkgo leaves that turn a beautiful yellow in the fall. The fresh leaves can used for a tea. Just make sure that they are clean. My herbalism teacher, Teresa Broadwine recommends laying a tarp or sheet beneath a ginkgo tree, just before it’s about to lose its leaves. Use the leaves to make a quercetin-rich, antihistamine tea.

I also onion skins to soups or stews when I am cooking. Keep the skins and add them in with the other ingredients. Beforeyou're ready to serve, fish the skins out and compost them. The skins add additional quercetin to soups and stews.

You can also get dry eye drops. My preference are the homeopathic drops by Similaisan. You can get them at most major drug stores and some supermarkets.

Please continue to get out and walk and enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves. Take a tissue and use your drops and make sure to mask.

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