The history of celebrating Spring is thousands of years old. It is the day that there are 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. It is the celebration of the vernal equinox. There are two equinox’s per year, occurring around March 21 and September 21. An equinox is when the earth is neither facing toward nor against the sun. The center of the Sun is in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The earth is balanced.
For centuries, people across the entire world have celebrated spring as the time of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. Spring months are defined in most places as March, April and May. These are the months that the snow starts to melt, temperatures rise, the days are longer and plants are blooming. Spring is seen as a time of renewed excitement about life. It is the awakening of the dead from a long winter.
Spring is also a time of turbulent and unpredictable weather patterns as the cold air mixes with the warm air. In perfect timing with this wonderful day, we had thunderstorms and flooding yesterday here in Texas and today, it’s slightly colder with beautiful blue skies and no rain.
With the blooming of the trees, flowers and changing weather patterns, people also suffer from allergies due to the increased pollen and climate changes. As I sit home sick, due to a sinus headache, on the first day of Spring, I can’t help thinking about the timing of my illness. While I may be suffering from a stuffy nose and head, I look outside and can’t help but notice the beauty that the rains and warmer temperatures have brought. And so, like the earth, I search for balance between the turbulent storms and the beauty that new life brings.
A follower of meditation, yoga and natural remedies, I am taking this day to balance myself so I too can renew this Spring. Like me, you also might suffer from allergies. Here are some natural remedies that I have found to help with a stuffy head. These remedies may not work as fast as some of the over the counter remedies you can take but in the long run, these methods last a lot longer and make you feel clean, refreshed and renewed.
- Drink lots of water, hot tea (such as a sinus tea with nettle – Celestial Seasonings makes a great one), green drinks and smoothies.
- Eat hot soup.
- Clean out your sinuses by taking a hot bath or shower then doing a sinus irrigation.
- Place your face over boiling water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
- Use a nasal spray (water mixed with a little bit of salt) hourly.
- Rest. Sleep some, read, or watch TV.
- Exercise. When you feel well enough, sweating and getting your heart-rate up will help you detox.
- Do some light yoga.
- Mix 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp honey (preferably local) in a cup of warm water and sip throughout the day.
That’s it. If you can do these things you will not only feel better, you will be balanced and be in alignment with the changing seasons of the earth and your life.