There's nothing more annoying that seasonal allergies. The sinus pressure, the irritated eyes, sneezing, headaches. Anyone that suffers understands. There are a few natural remedies that use can do NOW to try and build up a resistance. This way, as the weather gets warmer, and wetter...you might be prepared for the pollen that blows through that Spring-time breeze.
LOCAL Honey is one very interesting way to try and ward-off allergies. The pollen is local, so if you start adding it into your diet now you may have a fighting chance! Try by sweetening a cup of Cure-All Tea with some local honey!
Other Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Neti Pot--Cleansing your nasal passages 3-5 time/week with saline solution through a Neti Pot will clear away environmental irritants. Ear, nose and throat surgeons recommend this form of nasal irrigation for their patients who've undergone sinus surgery, to clear away crusting in the nasal passages. Many individuals have used them to alleviate congestion, facial pain and pressure, and reduce the need for antibiotics and nasal sprays. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments
Grapeseed Extract--Snack on a big bowl of red grapes every day& it will help build your bodies immune defenses.
Vitamin C w/bioflavonoids--Natural Antihistamine and boosts adrenal function. Lemons, oranges, limes, kiwi, peppers, strawberries and grapefruit are all great sources of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Echinacea-- Also known as purple coneflower, this herb is one of the best immune enhancing supplements you can take. Brew it as tea with some local honey and you've got a yourself a great start to building armor against the Spring nuisance!
Quercetin--(bioflavonoid) quercetin helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine. Citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine are naturally high in quercetin. Some experts believe those who suffer severely from allergies should supplement 1,000 milligrams a day, between meals..I recommend speaking to your health care provider before taking ANY supplements. Especially if you have liver disease, pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Stinging Nettle --(Urtica dioica) behaves like an antihistamine, but without all the nasty side effects. Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. It’s a common weed found in the U.S. You can ingest it in the form of tea...but the most common way is through capsules. Again, check with a doc before using any supplements.
Omega 3Fatty Acids--Almonds, Flax Seed and Fatty fish will help reduce allergic reactions.
Garlic--it has antimicrobial agents that act against bacteria and yeast
Experts recommend starting remedies at least 6 weeks before allergy season. This, aside from the obvious things (keeping the windows closed, or not using the ceiling fan when they are open, limiting outdoor activities high risk days, etc). Spring can't come fast enough...hopefully we can all enjoy the beautiful season without any suffering!