Stinging Nettle

It’s not about finishing anything! Say what??

What do you mean? How can I achieve anything if I don’t finish it?

This is not controversial. How many times we set goals, make vision boards and mood boards, just to abandon them when things don’t work out as expected and we don’t know how to get to where we want to be? Nir Eyal says, to be indistractable, you need to only look at one thing: How would a person I want to become spend their time? And starting tomorrow, block the amount of time to do what that person does every day. Gradually becoming that personality will yield more results than setting goals we are not able to keep. Results are in doing, not thinking.

My body seems overreacting in the last year and I take notice. Are these mosquito/insect bites or allergy hives all over my face and arms? Have I eaten too many [enter any fruit name here] or was there some nasty additive in last chorizo I enjoyed? And why do I worry about that? – because it’s itchy like hell what distracts me from my day’s activities or night’s sleep! So, as usual, I took to reading (because my doctor is not reachable again – but yours may be, so get your own medical advice!).

Overactive histamine problems

I read that symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, food allergies and sensitivities or allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, watery, red itchy eyes, rashes, and breathing difficulties such as wheezing, coughs, or hiccups – may have to do with an overactive histamine response as the root of those issues. Herbs and plants can gently help.

Blue Tansy essential oil

Is known for neutralizing histamine and helping to control allergic reactions, however it is one of the most expensive essential oils ever. Key constituents such as sabinene and camphor contribute to blue tansy’s anti-inflammatory properties, including its ability to counteract allergic discomfort by reducing the levels of histamine in the body. Blue Tansy EO is often an ingredient in luxury beauty products.

Natural antihistamines

Can be found in foods like Stinging Nettle (make a tea!) and Rosemary, Pineapple, probiotics, and quercetin – found in foods like fennel, dill, cranberry and blueberry, cherries, spinach and more.

Soothing roller

Lavender and peppermint essential oils mix, on a roller, is pretty fast relieve of the itch, calming and soothing the spot. (Beware that excess of oils can slowly leak from the forehead to eyes!)

Other oils worth a look to balance histamine levels (not block it) are Rosemary, Roman chamomile, Manuka, spruce oils and Vetiver.

Symptoms present when too much histamine builds up in our body because of an inability to break it down by two specific enzymes in our gut.

Foods and histamine

Some foods like red wine, avocados, green and black tea, most citrus, aged meats and fermented milk products, can either be high in histamine, or histamine liberating, meaning that they free histamine from other proteins. They may also block the activity of the enzyme which is responsible for breaking down histamine in the gut.

Taming overreactions…

…is easier when we keep learning, approach challenges with open mind, spend time in Nature and stay active, but not over-active [pan intended].

Most days bring troubles smaller or bigger. Staying the course (what would a person I want to become spend most of their time on?), expanding contact circles, scouring media, having a laugh, discovering affects of today’s food on our mood, brain, immunity, skin, heart, and all the other systems is fun, when you’re retired or have spare time. Thanks for YL essential oils – so many things I would not be able to do without you!

So I share my experiences and knowledge with you, the Reader. With lots of Love – Hanna