In frustration in the midst of an allergy attack at work I decided I’d be less miserable with some candy. I joked with a co-worker that I was testing the allergy reduction properties of the York Peppermint Patty. About 30 or 45 minutes later I suddenly realized my eyes had stopped itching, my sinuses were clear and I hadn’t sneezed for quite a while.
Very odd and interesting.
Since then I’ve repeated the experiment a couple times and had similar results. Now perhaps if I just wait 30 or 45 minutes after any allergy attack the symptoms will abate, but I’m thinking perhaps I’m onto something here…
(Note: it’s not the peppermint oil. I had Altoids before I resorted to bigger candies and they didn’t have the same effect.)
If you’ve got allergies and proper medication is unavailable, you might give it a try. Let me know what happens.
I told someone about this (Dunstan, was this you?) and he said his family always used completely flat Coke (not any other cola, only Coke works, apparently, and even Diet Coke won’t do) as a cure for major digestive upset.