Springtime is here along with seasonal allergies resulting from pollen and mold blooms blowing throughout those calming early summer winds.
For most people spring is the most fascinating season of them all. The ground awakens as multi-colored flowers bloom, and grass thickens with more colorful shades of light and dark green.
And, the air smells springtime fresh as trees and flowers begin reproducing themselves. This reproduction process is known as “pollination”. Nature’s own replication process, evolving right before our very eyes, makes fascinating visual imagery.
But on the other hand, many people find spring to be their most grueling time of the year.
As a result, sales of over-the-counter allergy drugs soar higher than the Mount Everest stands tall!
In a rush to find the “latest and greatest” over-the-counter allergy drugs, natural cures for seasonal allergies tend to fly right under the radar for most victims.
Although some of the best remedies for allergy attacks may be in your very own kitchen , it is still very important to consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, currently on medications, or under medical supervision of any kind.
7 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
1. Quercetin: this plant-derived flavonoid is a powerful anti-oxidant found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. Quercetin has been proven to reduce sinus pain and congestion by inhibiting the release of histamine.
2. Nettle: this herbaceous perennial plant has been known to exhibit natural antihistamine properties. Nettle also contains high levels of quercetin, so do not take it along with quercetin herbal pills.
3. Antioxidant Fruits and Vegetables: many fruits, vegetables, and grains are filled with antioxidants which inhibits histamine release. Grapes, apples, bananas, onions and mushrooms, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates, and whole grains like rye, wheat, barley and oats are only a few of the many choices.
4. Ginkgo Biloba: contains ginkogolides which are known to stop or inhibit allergy attacks, as well as boost memory (which we can sometimes lack when under attack by pollination).
5. Omega 3: is one of the most essential fatty acids our body needs for many health and beauty reasons. Omega 3 is good for the heart, skin, hair and nails, respiratory and the digestive system (along with many other systems in our bodies). But Omega 3’s anti-inflammatory properties make it by far one of the best preventative weapons against seasonal allergies. Salmon and flaxseed are two of the best sources for Omega 3.
6. Local Raw Honey: Raw honey from your local bee farms works wonders for seasonal allergy symptoms. Local raw honey is effective because it is produced from local pollen. And small doses of local raw pollen acts like a natural antibiotic by reducing your bodies’ reaction. Therefore, it is important to start consuming local raw honey early in the spring.
7. Homeopathic Nasal Mists: Saline and salt water sprays help by removing pollen from nasal passageways. However, other entry ways such as the mouth and eyes are left unprotected with nasal mists.