The Season Of Snuffles Is Upon Us

That moment when you want to rip your face off and wring it out

That moment when you want to rip your face off and wring it out

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 ‘AaaaaaCHOOO’ 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 …

Star anise – Naked and un-smooshed, baby!

Star anise – Naked and un-smooshed, baby!

First thing I did was make a big pot of star anise tea and added a bit to everything I drank.

Mrs Widds found the giant mouse tea-cosy in her favourite thrift store

Mrs Widds found the giant mouse tea-cosy in her favourite thrift store

It worked, but after a while everything tasted star anise-y.

Enter, my handy-dandy essential oil tea light diffuser.

Much better

Much better

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.

35 comments on “The Season Of Snuffles Is Upon Us

  1. Jay says:

    I could probably use some of this. I had allergies in Canada, when we had a thaw, and now that the snow’s back I’m in Texas and going through it again.

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  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Thats a good one to know 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Will it help asthma and hayfever? If it will, you deserve sainthood status!


  4. Good stuff for snuffles, which I hope will soon depart


  5. Sorry to hear you’re ‘under the weather,’ because that’s literally what it is: time of year and wind patterns are bringing your poor nose things which make it unhappy. I thought you were already in your forever home – didn’t realize you’re in the search, too.

    Dejunk sooner than later. I thought I had. Ha! Boxes and boxes. Stuff to take, stuff to donate, stuff which my lovely assistant makes disappear (long may her tribe last), stuff which will stay only as long as the staging ladies need it. STUFF!

    Enjoy your tea – I think I’d not be able to tolerate the smell of licorice or star anise. Not for long. Smells don’t saturate for me – they just never go away. So we live in a odor-free environment (except when the spouse cooks his many foreign dishes – he loves spices – and I can’t breathe for a few hours).


    • Widdershins says:

      The Island’s been an interim step between living in Vancouver and the final move … We’ve been switching the ‘junk’ for items we’ll need when we get to wherever we’ll end up.
      I can’t deal with smells that I consider overwhelming either.

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  6. Good to know! And I hope you continue to be able to breathe. 🙂


  7. I wonder if the allergy cause is pollen from alder trees. Their blooms are quite subtle; sort of a pinkish blush when seen from a distance. I used to get wet, itchy snuffles after biking to work through patches of alders. Good to know about licorice/star anise being helpful.


  8. Cool! Glad to hear you found a natural solution. Star anise is a strong taste. The Mama added it to her beef stews, now and then. Made the stew tasty if used in the right amount. Hmmm, now I want stew.


  9. Suzanne says:

    That’s interesting. The star anise tea must have a strong flavour though.

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  10. […] you’re wondering why, ‘star anise’, look no further than this post I did about it a while back. There’s something about the ‘star’ that mitigates […]


  11. I never realised this benefit from a flavouring I have sometimes used

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  12. susielindau says:

    Wow! I’m going to pass this along to my son. Do you just steep a few dried anise in the pot?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. acflory says:

    The Offspring gets bad hayfever so may try the licorice first then progress to the star anise. Thanks for the tip!

    Liked by 1 person

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