Oh, seasonal allergies. While I welcome spring weather, I don’t love the sneezing and itchy eyes that temporarily come along with it. I also don’t love loading up on over-the-counter allergy medications that leave me feeling spaced out and drowsy. I rather opt for a natural alternative.
There are a few natural remedies I turn to for seasonal allergies.
Quercetin is my go-to supplement when allergy season hits. It is a bioflavonoid – a compound that gives fruits and veggies their rich and bright colors. It is found naturally in foods like broccoli, berries and citrus fruits.
Histamine reactions are what cause allergy symptoms and quercetin is a natural anti-histimine.
Dr. Andrew Weil explains:
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is said to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best used as a long term remedy and many people start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms (Source).
Local Raw Honey
I will use any excuse for some raw honey. Raw honey has so many health benefits from wound healing to seasonal allergy support.
It’s very important not to confuse regular honey with raw honey.
Raw honey is completely unprocessed. That means no pasteurization or heating. Regular honey can lose its natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and healing properties during processing (Source).
How does raw honey support allergies?
When you consume local, raw honey, you are also consuming pollen (Source). Some research suggests that you can build up immunity to your local allergens by regularly exposing yourself to them.
Increase exposure by incorporating raw local honey into your meals daily. Add some to your tea, smoothies, oatmeal or spread on a piece of gluten-free toast.
You can find local honey at a farmer’s market or natural food store.
I’m adding the Neti pot to the list because my mother swears by this thing. I personally struggle to use it. The Neti Pot looks like a small teapot but used for cleaning out your nasal passages of allergens. It comes with a saltwater solution that you mix with sterilized warm water.
Do not use tap water for the neti pot as it can contain harmful substances that can make you sick. I use filtered boiled water that is then cooled to a warm temperature.
Once the mixture is in the pot:
- lean over a sink
- tilt your head to the side
- slightly insert the spout into your top nostril
- slowly pour the solution into your top nostril and allow it to drip out of your lower nasal cavity
Most people have no trouble using a Neti pot. I am not most people. This is not my preferred method but is a great way for immediate, drugless relief from seasonal allergies. Neti pots can be purchased at almost any local pharmacy and are relatively inexpensive.
There are so many factors disrupting our gut today, it’s hard to keep up.
Taking probiotics regularly can promote a healthy immune system by keeping your microflora in check. Your microflora is the balance of beneficial yeast and bacteria in your gut. When your gut is balanced it can fight off potential pathogens and infections including seasonal allergens (Source).
Your microflora is like having your own little army in your gut. If you are down a few soldiers, it will be harder to fight back. Without a strong microflora, you may get sick more often or become sensitive to certain allergens.
Probiotics are a great way to prevent and treat allergens as well as other ailments by keeping your gut health in check! I tend to change my probiotics up regularly and take ones with multiple strains of probiotics.
There are many natural ways to support allergy relief.
I’ve used all of these methods. Since committing to a healthier lifestyle, I’ve noticed my allergies have improved year-over-year. Let’s be clear, I’m not running a scientific study over here but I do believe that treating your body with care can only boost the immune system and keep your body in check.
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