Allergy season is upon us. YAY. In the UK (milder climate, more wet climate) it hits me harder than at home. If you’ve been in a Whole Foods or health store lately, you would see there are TONS of options. I remember being completely clueless and was introduced to some of these products by both British and American singers. I am not a doctor, but wanted to share the things I use and maybe we can compare notes. JHere we go!
8. Neti Pot.
This is no new thing for singers, and personally I think some people do it too much. But it has helped me on occasion to clear out the dust spring cleaning brings up. I love the Nasopure because it can collapse into your luggage easily if you squeeze it!
Similar frequency to the neti-pot, they are good if you can’t find a tea nearby to soothe the throat. Very sweet IMO. You can get them in the US and UK at most grocery and drug stores.
These tablets are not meant for immediate relief, but they build in your system and are for long-time use. I take one every morning in the winter and spring.
This stuff is GOOD, ya’ll. I take it when I feel extra stress come on – stress makes you SICK. It’s a supplement (amino acid derived from plants) that reduces mental and physical stress, improves cognition, and boosts mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffiene.
Apply this on wrists, back of neck, and shoulders. This concoction of spruce, rosewood, frankincense and blue tansy works wonders for me on a stuffed up day. You could also try something like Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil!
Another essential oil. Lemon water in the morning right when you wake up – it supports your organs and immune system. Put it in your smoothie or your tea, too!
These little buggers are pretty expensive at Whole Foods, but they sure do stop a cold in its tracks! You have to take a bunch and they taste kinda jank.. garlicky and garden-like.
Oh my gosh, I’m so excited for number one. These things have improved many a rehearsal and performance when I was feeling under the weather.
These are peppermint, myrrh and menthol in a mini tablet that packs a punch! They open up your sinuses really well in my experience. I usually can’t keep it in my mouth and just set it on my tea cup handle so I can occasionally pop it in my mouth.
Hope this helps! Happy Spring singing to you. Please leave a comment about things you use that might help others get through this icky season!