Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. Come springtime, the sneezing, watery eyes and itchiness go into full effect.
Spring allergies typically start in February and last all the way through early summer.
The good news? There are many natural remedies to seasonal allergies that you can use regularly to alleviate those annoying symptoms.
Causes of Seasonal Allergies
Tree pollen is the most common cause. When trees begin to bud and leaves sprout, they release tiny particles of pollen into the air.
The body recognizes pollen as something foreign, and that triggers the immune system into action. The unfortunate result is inflammation.
Typical Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms are similar to that of the common cold: sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, headache, cough and fatigue.
While colds usually last about a week, allergies can come in bouts and last for several weeks.
It may be confusing at first, especially if you've never experienced allergies before, but allergies can actually begin later in life and even worsen over time.
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
You don’t have to try synthetic drugs to have a clear head when seasonal allergies come on strong.
There are a number of holistic remedies you can try.
Flushing your sinus cavities out using a neti pot can keep your nasal passages moist, clean and free of debris.
- The saline solution used in neti pots helps the little hairs (called cilia) move mucus along to wash out the pollen and other allergens trapped in the mucus.
Quercetin, stinging nettle, and histamine-degrading enzymes can be beneficial.
- Holistic supplements can be used to help balance the immune response during allergy season.
Herbal remedies like stinging nettle, peppermint and elderflower have natural histamines and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.
- You can take herbal remedies for seasonal allergies in the form of teas, capsules or as liquid in a tincture formulation.
- Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before adding herbal supplements into your daily routine to determine potential side effects or reactions with any current medication you are on.
Diet Plays A Role
Maintaining a healthy diet is a great natural way to combat seasonal allergies.
- Gut health, and in particular adequate stomach acid, is intricately tied into many cases of seasonal allergies.
- Avoiding and minimizing dairy is helpful during allergy flares, as dairy tends to increase mucus production and respiratory congestion
- Eating quercetin-rich foods such as apples, onions, peppers, broccoli, and leafy greens can be helpful
- Figuring out YOUR individual inflammatory dietary triggers and reducing their consumption is tantamount to regulating the immune system as well.
Lifestyle Changes To Try
Consider going to a sauna, cryotherapy (whole body or local) and red light therapy (which emits red low-level wavelengths of light) as helpful ways to ease inflammation and congestion.
When you're gardening or doing any yard work, it's a good idea to wear a mask in order to reduce exposure while pollen is in full force.
Don't Let Seasonal Allergies Win
Finding the best combination of natural remedies to fight your seasonal allergies may take some time, but will be well worth it.
You shouldn't have to avoid fun in the sun during spring and summer simply because of your allergies.
As with all health-related topics, allergies are a very individualized approach and there are plenty of options available for you to try.
Remember, it’s always best to work with a practitioner to help make those decisions.
To your health,
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