A Natural Approach to Spring Allergies
The approach of spring brings sunny days, uplifted moods, beautiful flowers and the dreaded spring allergy season. Seasonal allergies due to pollen, trees, grasses, and weeds can wreak havoc on our immune system. Not to mention all the dust we stir up when we begin our spring cleaning! Many people take allergy medication all year round and it works well to quell those symptoms caused by allergies. However, some people cannot take these medications because they have a reaction to them, or they prefer a more natural approach to the allergy season.
What are seasonal allergies?
Spring allergies or hay fever happen yearly and develop when your body’s immune system produces too much histamine as a reaction to something in the environment – usually pollen from trees, flowers, plants, weeds, and grasses.
Seasonal allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, ear congestion, and itchy throat.
Foods that help quell seasonal allergies
Change of diet is often the first step in any condition when treating naturally. Certain foods can help your body cope or strength its functions.
Foods rich in vitamin C because they strengthen immune function – citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, and some berries
Your gut health is important to immune function and balanced digestion – eat more foods rich in probiotics, such as yogurt, fermented foods, and kombucha
Some foods that help reduce histamine reactions include peppers, onions, parsley and garlic
Herbs that help with seasonal allergies
- Butterbur – contains anti-histamine properties
- Elderberries - helps to clear the congestion and runny noses caused by allergies
- Stinging Nettle – anti-inflammatory properties and relieves symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes
- Garlic – contains quercetin, which acts as a natural antihistamine
- Rosemary – is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and has been shown to support respiratory functions (1)
Other ways to reduce symptoms from spring allergies
Check pollen levels before going outdoors and keep pollen out by shutting your windows
Wash pollen off your skin and hair after being outdoors
Take a long, hot shower – the steam helps with inflamed sinuses
Fill your diffuser with eucalyptus essential oil as a natural decongestant
Sipping water with diluted apple cider vinegar can help break up the mucus in the body
Dealing with seasonal allergies can be a pain, but with a few natural approaches, you can begin to feel better and enjoy the warm weather just like everyone else!
1 Stansbury, Jill. Rosmarinic Acid as a Novel Agent in the Treatment of Allergies and Asthma. Journal of Restorative Medicine, Volume 3, Number 1, 1 April 2014, pp. 121-126(6).
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