Now it’s spring. Trees and flowers are in bloom and the pollen is everywhere. You may be finding that your allergies are acting up This is because of histamines that cause an inflammatory response. I want to introduce you to some of my favorite natural remedies to soothe your symptoms by reducing histamines and boosting your immune system. These are much better than drugstore medicines, which can make you feel either drowsy and dopey or hyper and unable to sleep. Over-the-counter medicines can also raise blood your pressure. While they may alleviate your symptoms, they don’t actually heal your body or give it the power to fight off allergens the way natural remedies can.
Some symptoms of seasonal allergies or “hay fever” are:
Some reactions may be more severe such as:
1. Stinging Nettle:
Yes it burns and stings when you brush up against it but once it’s dried, tinctured, or made into a tea, Stinging Nettle is the number one herb for seasonal allergies. It has anti-inflammatory properties and many vitamins and minerals. Steep some dried or fresh nettles in boiled water and drink three cups a day or try it as a tincture if you prefer. As a bonus stinging nettle may also ease your gout or arthritis.
2. Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is the most popular vitamin for good reason. It reduces histamine reaction to allergens, it boosts the immune system and is has anti-inflammatory properties. There are many food sources of Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, broccoli and kiwi, so eat lots of those to boost your health. However, when you’re fighting an illness or allergies, take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, with flavonoids, up to three times a day.
3. Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray:
Colloidal silver is a natural remedy that has been around for hundreds of years. The nasal spray is extremely beneficial for sinus pain, blocked sinuses and sinus infections. Try two pumps of Colloidal Silver in each nostril two or three times a day, until you’re symptom-free.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
There are so many healing properties in Apple Cider Vinegar, it deserves, and will get, a Newsletter all on its own one day. In terms of curbing allergy symptoms, ACV reduces inflammation and clears mucous. Always buy organic ACV with the “mother”. Although some sources say you can just drink a shot glass of ACV, I don’t recommend that, as it may burn your throat or esophagus. Best to drink a tablespoon in an 8 oz. glass of warm water, two or three times a day (plus it doesn’t taste as strong). Bonus: drinking ACV can also relieve heartburn.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid antioxidant that inhibits mast cells from releasing histamines, which is why it is so beneficial to seasonal allergy sufferers. It also reduces inflammation and therefore eases allergy symptoms., Stinging nettle contains Quercetin. There are a number of food sources as well, such as leafy vegetables, green tea, red onions and broccoli, among others. During allergy season, take Quercetin as a supplement 200 – 500mg a day.
Zinc may be the second most popular supplement after Vitamin C for allergies. It is an important trace mineral that helps regulate histamines in the body, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. The best food sources of zinc are meat, legumes, nuts and shellfish. Take Zinc Picolinate 30mg once a day. Zinc lozenges help with itchy and sore throats. Some people don’t tolerate zinc well. If it makes upsets your stomach, discontinue.
7. Eye Drops (Similisan):
I don’t usually recommend anti-histamine eye drops. They may provide some temporary relief, they aren’t very effective at getting to the cause of the allergic reaction. And they contain artificial ingredients. However, Similisan brand eye drops are homeopathic and contain remedies that relieve itchy, red, reactive eyes. Put 2-3 drops in each eye as needed.
8. Crabapple & Walnut Bach Flower Remedies:
Flower remedies are a complementary approach to the remedies we've looked at so far. Rather than treating physical symptoms, they relieve the emotional challenges that can underlie these symptoms. For example, runny nose and post nasal drip can make you feel a bit gross. Taking Crabapple will make you feel clean and clear, even if you're still symptomatic. And if the explosion of pollen, buds and blooms is making you feel overly sensitive to your environment, you can take Walnut to help you deal with change.
8 ½. Raw, Organic, Local Honey:
Why only half a mention? Some sources say that, because honey contains pollen, it can act as a natural vaccine against pollen allergies. Local honey is recommended because it would contain pollen in your area. There’s not a great deal of evidence to back that up. But we do know that honey soothes the throat and the better quality of honey, the more nutritious it is. So enjoy a spoonful for the flavor and the see if it makes you feel better.
Other things to consider when dealing with Seasonal Allergies:
Green tea can help lower histamines.
If you try any of these remedies, I'd love to know how they work for you. And if you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear those too.