Up until we moved here to Widder Island six years ago I never suffered from seasonal or pollen allergies.
Although we’re protected from the worst of the ‘eau de cow-poo’ fertilizer smells this time of the year, the same cannot be said of the airborne things that cause one to go ‘AaaaaaCHooooo’ in the middle of the night, morning, afternoon, evening, that is the by-product of swathes of farmland in the Fraser Valley.
This is another reason we’re planning on moving to the Interior as soon as we find our forever home.
Pseudoephedrine is a snuffler’s best friend at these times … unfortunately it’s also a toxic friend when it has overstayed its welcome.
And then, one day quite by accident I uncovered, not a cure, but a tasty remedy for the symptoms.
The good stuff, not the flavoured sugar kind … and therein lies the issue with eating even little nubs of the stuff all day – sugar, which is an ingredient, no matter what the quality. (as far as I know)
Never fear, Widders is here. (Lost In Space reference – the trailer for the re-boot looks … not terrible) I found a magnificent alternative in the spices isle of our local bulk health and organic food store – star anise!
I suppose it comes in a powdered form but in it’s un-smooshed state it looks like this …
First thing I did was make a big pot of star anise tea and added a bit to everything I drank.
It worked, but after a while everything tasted star anise-y.
Enter, my handy-dandy essential oil tea light diffuser.
I wouldn’t normally have used so many ‘stars’ but these were left over from the last pot I made and they still had some smell to them so I chucked them in the top added some water … three days later they’re still going strong.
The aroma isn’t too overwhelming, Mrs Widds hasn’t fainted dead away, and I …
I … Can … Breathe!
Of course, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re doing the sneezy two-step like I am, give it a try, see what happens.