As the allergy season continues to press forward, it is important to stay on top of our preventative measures to combat the symptoms. If you have symptoms like I used to have you, then you are probably sick and tired of the itchy eyes, sneezing, scratchy throats, headaches, and nasal congestion. Lucky for me (and now you!) it only took 20 years of my life before I found some natural allergy remedies that have helped me to be completely symptom free from all allergy symptoms!
Natural Allergy Remedies
1. Nettle Leaf
This is one of my favorite natural allergy remedies because this was what really took the symptoms away from myself and my father. We used a strong nettle infusion and would take a shot whenever symptoms would pop up (especially after mowing) and within minutes we were free to go about our day. Now I use a concentrated version in tincture form that I have created just for pollen allergies that you can buy here!
Nettles is a natural anti-histamine which will help to lessen the inflammatory response your body has towards pollen. It is also one of natures “multi-vitamins”, containing many important vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to support the immune system. You can read more about nettles here.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for a variety of health conditions, especially to improve the way your body digests food. One of the thoughts behind this remedy is its ability to reduce mucous production and to help cleanse the lymphatic system. My thoughts on why this works so well is because it helps to fully digest foods which takes strain off of your immune system which allows your body to process the allergens coming through the system better.
3. Local Honey/ Bee Pollen
There is some strong support behind using local honey as a way to combat allergies. A big reasoning behind this is that the bees collect pollen from the plants in your area that you may have reactions to, and because you are ingesting it, your body builds necessary antibodies that will fight off any invading pollen. This works similar to an allergy shot, except you don't have all the unnecessary binders that allergy shots carry. The best way to use this method is to start a month or two before allergy season, and consume a teaspoon of local raw honey or bee pollen. When symptoms are stronger, then consume more.
*For people with sugar intolerances, try to stick with bee pollen and avoid the honey*
Probiotics are microorganisms within your body that help break down foods and absorb their nutrients. If you break down the word probiotic, pro means promoting and biotic means life, so probiotics literally mean to promote life. With a disrupted gut bacteria, we can be susceptible to many forms of disease. By adding in beneficial probiotics from naturally fermented foods (such as sauerkraut, full-fat yogurt, pickled foods), you can improve your gut bacteria which will improve your immune system!
5. Diet Change/ Improve Gut Health
This is the toughest remedy, but the longest lasting. If you can figure out if certain foods don't work well with your body (causes gas, bloating, mucus formation, acid reflux) and remove them from your diet, I can almost guarantee you will start to notice big changes in your allergy symptoms. Typically if you have reactions to foods or are not fully breaking foods down, this will start to cause damage to the lining of your GI tract. Once the lining is damaged, the immune system will start reacting to the foods you eat, and your body won't have the capabilities to protect you from airborne and environmental pathogens. By reducing the stressors to your GI tract, this will allow the body to heal and be able to keep the allergies away. I typically use this product with clients to help their GI tract to heal faster.
I would love to hear what natural allergy remedies you have used over the years. Comment below if you have used any of these or use a different remedy!
I think the best thing to help mitigate seasonal allergies is to eat local honey. It isn’t going to make much of a change to your lifestyle…OK, I admit it, I just don’t want to make any drastic changes in my lifestyle to deal with my allergies. However, I do think eating healthier would help a lot. Nasal spray works well, but overall health will probably make me feel even better.
The key word there is ‘Local’. The closer the source of honey is to where you live, the more likely the honey will contain pollen from plant sources that you react to. I have known people who have tried honey from places 45 minutes from their house and it doesn’t help, but the honey that is from a place within 5 miles of their house works like a charm!
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