It’s that time of year again, folks! If you’re new to the “joys” of cedar fever in central Texas or got caught off guard this year when the pollen started falling, there are still natural ways you can find relief with effective, locally-made remedies, free of side effects and safe for all ages!
Cedar season typically starts in mid to late November and lasts until March. (See this great Austin allergy chart by UT Health Austin – a good one to print for the fridge!) It’s ideal to prepare your body’s natural defenses early, but it’s not too late to start now since symptoms typically last all season. Allergic reactions can include headaches, congestion, mild facial pain, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, sensation of plugged ears, fatigue, and sneezing. For those with severe reactions, a combination of products are often needed to manage the symptoms and provide relief.
One of our top recommendations to battle cedar fever is Cedar Serum from Biostar Botanicals–there is no other aid quite like it! This tincture provides specific relief for allergies against local cedar trees and is made here in Austin. Our customers and employees swear by this remedy as the biggest game changer for them when trying to combat cedar fever.
It is recommended to take one drop in 8 ounces of water the first day, then increase by one drop each day until 15 drops are tolerated. Once 15 drops are reached, continue that dosage each day until cedar season is over. We also provide an acute dosing schedule if you are starting a bit late taking the remedy and need to dose quicker. Our knowledgeable wellness employees can provide those instructions.
Cedar Allergy Mix from Professional Health Products is another heavy hitter for cedar allergy sufferers. It is a homeopathic spray that includes two different homeopathic preparations of cedar, as well as remedies to address symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. Homeopathic remedies like these work quickly to provide relief and can be safely used throughout the season.
It is recommended for adults to take 2-3 sprays orally, 3 times daily. Homeopathics like this are best taken away from food and beverage and not to be taken close to the times you brush your teeth. Children can take this remedy, but be advised that there is some alcohol in the spray for preservation.
A personal favorite of many Peoples employees is D-Hist from Orthomolecular. This capsulated herbal and nutritional formula is great for all types of allergies and helps address congestion and nasal drainage better than most other products on the market. D-Hist Jr is a tasty chewable, great for kiddos who are also experiencing the worst of cedar season and need support as well.
Here at Peoples, we are more than familiar with cedar fever and are equipped to help you find the right products to address your unique symptoms. If you are suffering from a combination of allergies, we can help with that too! We have products that provide quick relief whether you are starting now or are already experiencing full blown cedar fever wrath. We are happy to educate you on all your options and how to reduce your risk of suffering from cedar season each year. From homeopathic remedies to over-the-counter medicine, we have dozens of allergy relief options so you can function normally again.
Lauren Sanchez, ND* received her Naturopathic Doctorate at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Her natural approach to medicine facilitates healing by respecting the mind, body and spirit connection. She also specializes in helping individuals reach optimal wellness through a plant-based regimen.
*Naturopathic doctors are not currently licensed in the state of Texas.
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