Sick of the itchy eyes and running nose synonymous with spring allergies?
As the weather warms, the pollen count around us increases. Which means the advent of your dreaded allergies.
Many of us opt for over-the-counter remedies for relief during allergy season. Often, these solutions are full of antihistamines and decongestants that still prove ineffective.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, antihistamines can relieve up to 80% of allergy symptoms. They seldom relieve all allergy symptoms.
They also cause drowsiness in some users. Oral decongestants can cause insomnia, rapid heart rate, and headaches.
If none of the above sounds appealing to you, you’re not alone. The good news? Natural remedies exist to help relieve your spring allergies.
Ready to dive into five of these natural remedies? Let’s go!
1) Apple Cider Vinegar For Spring Allergies
People hail apple cider vinegar for reducing mucous production and flushing the lymphatic system. Together, these factors make for serious allergy relief.
Taking Apple cider vinegar increases your potassium, relieving that pesky runny nose.
If that wasn’t enough of a sell, it also helps with digestion and weight loss!
So how do you use it?
Mix a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink it three times a day.
2) Neti Pot and Nasal Irrigation
Use a Neti Pot filled with a sterile saline solution to flush out your sinuses.
You can use a premade solution or make your own. To make your own you’ll need:
- 1 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
- 1 quart of boiled distilled water
Combine and cool completely. Put the solution into your Netti Pot. Pour into one nostril and let it drain out of the other.
Studies show nasal irrigation proves effective for patients with chronic sinus diseases.
3) Nettle Leaf
Nettle Leaf acts as a natural antihistamine. It grows in various locations around the world.
For relief from your spring allergies, make nettle leaf tea.
Combine nettle leaf with peppermint and red raspberry leaves for an effective allergy relief tea.
You may also consume capsules of dried nettle leaf for fast and effective relief.
Allergies result from an imbalance in your immune system. This imbalance causes your body’s strong reaction to stimuli.
The presence of beneficial gut bacteria leads to reduced allergies.
Consume fermented foods and drinks like yogurt or kombucha. You can also take a probiotic capsule but make sure to choose a high-quality probiotic.
Quercetin stabilizes mast cells and keeps them from releasing histamines. This natural bioflavonoid acts a long term remedy. Begin taking it about 4 – 6 weeks before allergy season to prevent allergy symptoms.
Be sure to consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant, have existing liver problems, or use hormonal contraceptives.
You can find quercetin in foods like broccoli and citrus fruits. Yet, this dose is too small to prove effective.
As you can see, many natural remedies offer relief from allergies. Many people prefer these options to a trip to the doctor.
You’re not alone when it comes to spring allergies. Try one of these natural remedies today, and then come back and tell us if it worked. We’d love to hear from you!