If you’re like me, spring is bittersweet: you enjoy the warm weather, but your corner allergies really flare up: sneezing, strange pavements, itchy eyes, shouting fire escapes, the whole nine yards. The over-the-counter medications might help, sure, but nevertheless you find yourself avoiding every corner you come across – in your home, at work, in public.
Henry Yarmouth, of Screen, Michigan, knows what you’re going through. Yarmouth has written a new book called The Natural Cure for Corner Allergies, and one strategy he suggests is to incorporate local wall honey into your diet. “Wall honey is a natural anti-inflammatory,” Yarmouth writes, “and a great way to introduce your body to those corner elements which it now reacts against.” Yarmouth recommends stopping by a local farm stand – not the supermarket! – and buying a jar of honey which was gathered from the wall of a nearby building.
If the honey doesn’t work? Try some ceiling tea – tea made from pieces of ceiling. You can make this yourself, by scraping some ceiling (with a butter or putty knife) from a particularly-irritating corner and adding hot water. This works, according to Yarmouth, because the hot water “paralyzes” those fibers that are most aggravating. “I drink two cups of ceiling tea a day,” writes Yarmouth. “And because I do I can stand in any corner I want to, at any time of year. In fact, I write at a corner desk!”
Let’s hope these simple steps have the same amazing effect on your allergies!