7 Amazing Natural Remedies for Allergies!

by Michelle on May 8, 2018

It’s that time of year again!  The red, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, sneezing, and runny nose symptoms of Allergy Season are here!  Spring is considered to be a tree pollen season but flowers, grasses, and mold spores wreak havoc on us as well as we sniffle and sneeze our way through the day.  When a harmless substance like pollen or mold enters the body of a person that’s allergic to it the immune system overreacts by producing antibodies that attack the allergen…this is what causes those annoying allergy symptoms and can make life miserable for anyone prone to this reaction.

There are different allergic responses that people have to seasonal allergy triggers that sometimes make it difficult to function properly.  Occasionally fatigue and body aches can be a part of an allergic response to seasonal triggers so it makes it difficult to differentiate allergies from a cold.  Both conditions involve sneezing, a runny nose, and congestion, but colds usually include coughing and a sore throat, but some people do have these symptoms with severe allergies as well.  The itchy, watery eyes, however, are common for seasonal allergies but rare for colds.

The toll that allergies take on the body varies by individual as do the symptoms so the treatment can vary as well.  Many people reach for an over-the-counter solution if symptoms are bad enough but more and more people are opting for the more natural remedies available to achieve relief. A Neti Pot is one way people are finding allergy relief…it “rinses” out the sinuses with a salt water solution that relieves congestion and clears out allergens.  Also, staying indoors when outside levels are high and using a good air purifier are ways to ease symptoms. Here are some other ways that many people can treat and sometimes prevent allergies:

  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet (the earlier you start this the better it works)…include ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemons, leafy greens, probiotic-rich foods, bone broth, coconut milk, almond butter & seeds, Gluten-free flours/grains, etc.
  2. Have local raw honey (bee pollen) to help build up your immune system to lessen and prevent attacks
  3. Try Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic unfiltered with “The Mother”…mix 1 tablespoon in a glass of water and drink 3 times a day)
  4. Quercetin…a plant flavonoid that’s a natural antihistamine and is found in various foods like apples, peppers, dark cherries, dark berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc.) tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, spinach, kale, citrus fruits, red wine, and others
  5. Stinging Nettle…soak the leaves for a medicinal tea that helps relieve allergy symptoms (they can be used alone or added to an herbal tea of your choice)
  6. Eucalyptus Oil & Frankincense Oil…use them topically as a massage oil or in a diffuser
  7. Probiotics…these improve gut health (more than 80% of immune function is stored in the gastrointestinal tract); works in the gut to improve immune system function and help defend you against infections, viruses, allergies and more.

However, you choose to treat and/or prevent allergies just keep in mind that natural remedies are a bit of a commitment compared to over-the-counter options and take longer to work.  As always, please check with your healthcare provider for specifics about any remedy and your personal health situation.

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