Natural Remedies for Allergies

Over the past several months my son has been battling fluid in his ears, ear infections, and hearing problems. All this being caused by major congestion due to allergies. We finally tracked the source of the allergy – mold. But the specialist only said “here’s your drugs” and sent us on our way. Why I thought he’d have some other answer I’ll never know. I do know that I’m DONE fighting this battle with both the allergies and the “specialists”.

I’ve done a lot of reading over the past few weeks, and I’ve come to several conclusions. First off, drugs or no drugs, there is no quick fix. The problems won’t just “disappear” the next day. Even with a prescription he could still be dealing with this for another month. Which defeats the purpose of drugs, don’t ya think?

Second, I’ve realized my son is not healthy. If he was, he would not have these problems. His little body is not fighting off what it should be. It’s not working the way it should be. I feel like this is somewhat my fault for not making sure he’s getting the nutrition he should. His younger sister never has major problems, but she’s also not a picky eater in the least (in fact just the opposite – we have to watch her so she doesn’t eat too much because she’s already a bit “chunky”). She eats and gets what she needs. My son does not.

Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to fight the problems, we have to help his body first. The source of the problem is not what type of allergy he’s suffering from, but rather that his body can’t do it’s job. Instead of “treating” the problem, we are going to HELP his body fight it off on it’s own.

I’ve read a slew of resources for “treatments” and tried several things. After a few weeks, they really aren’t working. In fact, I questioned today if he’s not getting worse. This just confirms what I’ve already said – we need to make him healthy, not just treat the problem.

Currently he takes children’s vitamins that I picked up at Walmart. I like them, I really do. They have no added sugars, additives, or other garbage (I had to really hunt for those by the way – finding anything natural at Walmart is a real challenge!). He likes the taste and I know they are actually good for them. BUT they are not as good as they could be.

As I was doing some more research, I came across Eve’s Best. This is already a friend of mine (in business), and I already trust what she sells. In fact, the water distillers she sells was something I already had in my home long before I met her! She’s got a long article about allergies, which talked a lot about what I had already read in other places. Help the body, don’t treat the problem.

On her site she sells children’s vitamins, similar to what I give my son already. But there’s a huge difference between what she sells and what I already have. Granted they are both natural vitamins, but the ones Evie sells have more of the key antioxidant vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Her vitamins have more Vitamin C, E, and A, as well as more Zinc and other important ingredients that our vitamins didn’t have. It’s not that we have is bad, it’s just that these are better.

Evie’s vitamins are not the only thing my son is given. We also give him flax seed oil capsules which came from Shamanshop.net. We give him this not only for his allergies, but because he’s also got some behavior problems which may or may not be ADD (I refuse to get him tested, because I know the answer will be “yes he’s got it, here’s your drugs”). He was really lacking focus, and I can’t tell you how much he’s improved just from this one supplement. I think it’s also helped the school is now aware of his hearing issues, so they make sure he understands before he’s in trouble for not following directions.

For several weeks now, my 7 year old son has been taking children’s vitamins from Eve’s Best, and flax seed oil capsules from Shamanshop.net. While to me he still sounds slightly congested, I honestly believe his hearing is starting to improve. He has not had an ear infection, or so much as a cold since he started taking these on a regular basis. In fact, his little sister and I both caught a flu-like bug, but he has yet to get it (knock on wood) . If he hasn’t gotten it by now, I highly doubt he will. Which to me is absolutely amazing, because he was always the first to get sick. I do wish I would have been giving my daughter the vitamins all this time too so she wouldn’t have gotten sick, but the plus side is she bounced right back from it and wasn’t sick nearly as long as a few others had been. That’s proof enough to me our old vitamins were good, but these are so much better!

Our supply is starting to run low, so I’m off to buy more right now. 😉

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2 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for Allergies

  1. Hi. Just lurking here, and stumbled on this. Wanted to say that my 8 year old has some symptoms of ADD (and I too have resisted discussing this with his doc for the same reasons as you) I recently read a book on child nutrition that talked alot about kids who are ADD or ADHD having zinc and magnesium defiencies. I started my son on a magnesium citrate supplement that has zinc in it as well and also started him on fish oil (SPectum brand is what we use) for the omega 3’s. We noticed a significant difference in his mood, and ability to focus after about 3 weeks. It was honestly quite remarkable. We taught him to use a neti pot for his allergies (another commonality) which has been a lifesaver and I swear kept him off of the antibiotic cycle so many kids are on today. Hope this helps. Oh, and we’re homeschooling. Just started about two months ago for second grade, if you go that route, definitely read The Well Trained Mind if you haven’t already. It’s a gamechanger!

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  2. Hey,
    I’m speechless.
    I feel upon ur site looking for home remedies.
    I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight, knowing now that there are other parents out there who are going through the same thing I am, with my 8 year old son.
    I’ve read all the books on ADD/ADHD, did all the online reasearch on this and allergies and I have no come across your friends page. I started giving my kids vitamins as well and it never occurred to me that there was unnecessary ingredients like SUGAR. Dah….Stephanie I thought as I was reading your post. I have battled with the teacher’s and did get my son assessed. I believe he does have some sort of behavioural problem, but it’s not full fledged ADD/ADHD…..I could go on and on. I’ve been trying to change our lifestyle and go ‘au natural” for the past few months. What’s so ironic about this whole post of your’s is that, our children sound like they are identical. As I was reading I couldn’t help but think ” did I write this”.
    I’m going to your friends site and i’m ordering us some new vitatmins and those capsul’s for my son.
    Thank you for this! I’ll be back often to check up :O)

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