Spring is my favorite season. I love watching the bare, dormant trees blossom and bloom before my eyes. Colors erupting all around as flowers pop up from the ground and grass becomes green once again. Unfortunately, with all this beauty and change comes my enemy: pollen.
Some days my allergies have been bad enough to keep me home from school or work because I cannot breathe. Other days my vision is blurry and my eyes won’t stop itching. But everyday, as soon as I walk outside, a sneeze shoots out and my eyes begin to water. Seasonal allergies seriously ruin my favorite season!
During my second year of college, I overheard a girl talking about how she fights allergies with a more natural approach. I didn’t hear her entire conversation, but it intrigued me. I began to research allergies and natural remedies. After research and testing, I found a concoction that helps me battle allergies.
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp of local honey
- 2 drops of lemon oil
- 2 drops of lavender oil
Each morning leading up to and all the way through allergy season, I drink a glass and take allergy medicine. I am still taking allergy medicine because it helps with the symptoms while the drink helps my body create an immunity. Since starting this new routine, I have found my allergies to be less invasive and spring even more enjoyable.
Now, I know that spring will come every year. No matter how harsh winter is or how long it lasts, I know spring will come. And with that, I know summer will come too. I have learned that each physical and spiritual season has its own type of allergy whether it’s pollen or pain.
The writer of Ecclesiastes warns us of this by writing
“There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Just like I found a way to lessen my spring allergies, I can find ways to ease my allergies no matter the season I’m in. It is helpful to remember that seasons come and go. A season can’t last forever. So, while the allergies may make the season less enjoyable, I can find ways to ease the allergies and rest on the promise that the season will change.