With spring beginning to start, all those beautiful flowers are starting to blossom which unfortunately for many of us means watery, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and coughing just to name a few of the wonders that spring brings. Wonderful right? If you are an allergy sufferer you are not alone. Acccording to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, 1 in 5 people (roughly about 50 million people), suffer with some form of allergies. With that many people suffering I wanted to let you in one a couple of my favorite natural remedies for allergy relief to help you enjoy spring this year.
Anti- Inflammatory Diet – providing your body with nutrient- dense foods will help support your immune system, allowing it to repair itself and ward off signs of infections including, bacterial, viral as well as even allergies.
- Foods to Include:
- Garlic (Allium sativum)– bring on the garlic. Raw garlic contains amazing healing properities including it is a natural antibiotic as well as antioxidant. Eating 2 cloves of garlic per day (add it in a salad or any meal you have) can actually ward off many types of allergies as it works by supporting your natural immune system.
- Green- leafy vegetables – (which includes: spinach, Kale, collard greens, romaine and arugula), contains many essential vitamins and nutrients that helps support your immune system as well as help with your body’s ability to detoxify leading to reductions in inflammation.
Raw Honey (Bee Pollen) – This remedy has been used for years and although simple, it works wonders. Consuming 1 tablespoon of raw local honey every day actually allows your body to be exposed in small doses to many of the common allergy-causing pollens. This allows your body to build an immune response against these common pollens, so that when you are exposed to them at a larger scale your body already knows what to do to fight against it. My favorite local raw honey is from H&H Honey in Arizona.
Neti Pot – Neti, which comes from Ayurvedic medicine means “nasal cleansing” in Sanskrit. It has extremely powerful benefits when it comes to seasonal allergies. If you don’t have a Neti Pot I would highly recommend getting one. For those of you who have never heard of a Neti Pot, it is a nasal irrigation sytem that allows you to flush your nasal sinuses clearing any congestion.
- Neti Pot Solution– Mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free, preservative-free salt with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Then mix 1 teaspoon of this mixture with 8 ounces of distilled, sterile or previously boiled and cooled water.
Quercetin- is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine (what your body naturally releases against pollen). By stabilizing the release of histamine, quercetin helps your body to control allergy symptoms naturally. Quercetin is a powerful natural allergy fighter, but it does take a couple of months to fully fight allergies, so keep this in mind. For this reason, start taking quercetin a few months prior to spring. Typical dosage is 400mg twice a day with meals.
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)– another powerful herb that stabilizes the release of histamine. It too will take a few months to see its full effect and should be taken a few weeks prior to spring. Urtica dioica/ Stinging Nettles can be found as a tea. Mix 1 tablespoon of stinging nettles loose herbs with 8 ounces of water. Steep for 15 minutes prior to consuming your allergy-fighting tea. Drink this tea 1-2 times per day.
With these easy but powerful remedies you can go an enjoy spring the way it is meant to be.