Tired of Sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes ?
Many people unnecessarily suffer from seasonal allergies and unfortunately Sara and I both suffer from this. When spring rolls around both of us start to experience all the symptoms that are associated with seasonal allergies. We knew we needed to do some research to find out exactly what our options would be to combat this. Neither one of us likes to rely on allergy medicine as a solution because we don’t like taking medicine if it can be avoided. So with that being said we’ve complied a list of natural remedies that you can try that can offer A TON of allergy relief!
As allergy season approaches …I’m sharing with you guys the natural remedies that we’ve found to be the most effective for seasonal allergies and that we use. These won’t be as immediately effective as a medication, but over the long-term they will lessen the effect of seasonal allergies on your body.
First of all: Your OVERALL HEALTH and DIET can make a huge difference when it comes to seasonal allergies!
We don’t suffer from many allergy attacks anymore after trying the GAPS diet, but I occasionally still get hit with an allergy attack from dust after cleaning or cutting grass or pollen (a reason not to clean or cut grass? I think YES! FOR SURE!)
Here are some natural remedies that we’ve both tried and have seen to be effective. Everyone will benefit differently from different natural remedies, so it would be beneficial to try more than one to see what works for you!
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1. Apple Cider Vinegar- If you haven’t already heard about all the wonderful benefits of apple cider Vinegar then you need to hear about it now! Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for a myriad of health problems, I personally have had great success using it for Heartburn and seasonal allergies both! Another great benefit that I LOVE and have seen it work for is weight loss! I highly recommend that you make this a part of your daily routine to optimize your overall health!
(This is the brand I use)
2. Neti Pot and Saline Rinse- This one can be a little more of a challenge to try if you don’t feel comfortable putting a solution in your nose, however if you can do it I would give this method a try! In simple terms the idea behind a Neti pot is to flush out allergens from your sinuses with a sterile solution that will cause overall relief.
This is the Neti Pot everyone I know uses ..over 1000 reviews
3. Local Honey– This is one method that I implement because its easy for me to do, not only do I LOVE honey on my toast but I also like to shop local when I can afford to. The theory behind this method is that by intaking local honey you are adapting your body to the local pollen in your area, in other words its suppose to work in a similar way that an allergy shot works. So if you like a little honey anyways, just go local with it!
4. Turmeric– Growing up my mother would often use turmeric in her cooking because she always told us of its wonderful health benefits, and guess what? Mama was right! Turmeric is good for many different health reasons but in relation to seasonal allergies it works because it can act as a decongestant and minimize the effects of allergy symptoms. My recommendation? Sprinkle some into your morning eggs!
5. Probiotics– These are more commonly known to be good for your digestive system, however, probiotics can also be good for seasonal allergies according to some studies. They can help lower nasal congestion and are a good boost to your overall immune system! My recommendation? Try eating a bowl of yogurt, granola, and berries mixed with your local honey! BAM! Double the action!
6. Moderate Intensity Exercise- Not only is exercising good simply for your mind, body and soul but there has been some research done that shows when exercise is done at a moderate rate it can cause an anti inflammatory effect in your nasal passages. This can reduce symptoms like itching, sneezing and nasal congestion! So in case you needed one more reason to start exercising already, you just got it!
7. Quercetin– This is an anti-oxidant and bioflavonoid that naturally occurs in: apples, berries, red wine, green tea, onions and many more foods! Quercetin works by preventing the immune system from releasing histamines that occur due to allergens. This anti-oxidant also works great because it contains anti inflammatory properties which helps to relieve sinus pressure and nasal congestion.
If you have any other natural allergy suggestions that have proven to be effective for you then please comment below and share!