Monday, May 1, 2023


Brought May Flowers

Picture this: you’re tapping your fingers impatiently as a service representative reads your confirmation code, “‘S’ as in Sam, not ‘F’ as in Frank.” This tedious but necessary clarification was the impetus to create an audible distress signal to replace “S.O.S.” As air travel between France and England increased, Frederick Stanley Mockford proposed “Mayday” from the French M’aidez - “Help Me”. Mayday quickly became an international sign of distress and part of pop-culture vernacular.

Our bodies have numerous ways of shouting mayday. In the spring for many, that means hello Histamine with an H - the distress call made too loudly, leading to the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever. Both fascinating and infuriating, your body can behave like an overzealous sales rep, following you around the store, suffocating you. With a stuffy nose, lung congestion, and watery eyes, over-the-counter antihistamines often just don’t do the trick.

So, if spring allergies are getting you down, you have a few options. There is a solid consensus on useful natural antihistamines: quercetin, stinging nettle, vitamin C, butterbur, and bromelain. Often, products combine these ingredients with names like D-His - kind of a giveaway. However, these natural remedies may not elicit an immediate response amid an allergy flare. Much like getting ahead of pain, it is wise to begin a natural protocol a few weeks before your annual spring hay fever.

The severity and duration of your spring discomfort will help dictate your plan of attack. For instance, if your irritation is short-lived and easily managed with OTC meds, there’s no reason to call out for reinforcements. However, if you’re popping Claritin like M&M’s, you may want to incorporate the natural substances above. If the combination fails to offer relief, it is time to add other mitigating solutions and investigate ways to strengthen your overall constitution. Don’t wave the white flag, there are many other paths to be explored so you can enjoy the spring breeze. 

Please don’t let seasonal allergies be a forgone conclusion. The best medicine is often a phone call away. As it is Mother’s Day this month, I would like to thank my Mom who always answers my M’aidez call; j’taime. I am aware that these holidays for others can bring distress or grief. I am thinking of you and hope you don’t feel alone in your time of need. Often, we send out a distress signal and the most unexpected people answer. That is my wish for you. 


This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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