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Easing Seasonal Allergies Naturally
Posted on April 11 2023,
Tis the season of seasonal allergies! Many of the most beautiful aspects of Spring – budding flowers, blooming trees, and fresh cut grass – can also trigger uncomfortable symptoms for many this time of year. If you find yourself with a runny nose, cough, chronic sneeze, or itchy eyes come Spring, then consider the following natural remedies to help bring some relief.
Oftentimes, seasonal allergies are linked to an underlying cause. A weakened immune system, high levels of inflammation, underlying illnesses, ongoing stress, chronic lack of sleep, and pregnancy are all potential contributors for seasonal allergy sufferers.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of holistic recommendations to help ease the unpleasant symptoms of seasonal allergies, by not only bringing immediate relief, but also working to address the potential root cause.
Try a Natural Allergy Supplement
Unlike conventional allergy medication, natural allergy formulations offer a safe, gentle, and effective alternative that’s safer for the body and doesn’t pose the same risk of side effects.
Ki Allergy & Hayfever – a powerful blend of antioxidants and antihistamine herbs to relieve allergy symptoms and support the immune system
Boiron RhinAllergy – a gentle homeopathic remedy for allergy relief that’s safe for both adults and children 2 and up.
Harmonic Arts Allergy Ease – an immune enhancing tincture blend of nettles, scullcap, eyebright, reishi, and oregon grape for daily allergy relief.
Incorporate Local Honey
Numerous studies show consuming raw, local honey reduces symptoms of seasonal allergies. This is because the pollen in honey exposes your body to the allergen itself, building immune-system resiliency. We recommend Roberts Creek Co. Honey, harvested right here in Roberts Creek, B.C.!
Wild stinging nettle contains a compound called formic acid, which naturally reduces histamine levels to ease an allergic response. In addition, they’re rich in trace minerals and Quercetin to support overall immunity. Create a nourishing nettle infusion to drink daily throughout the Spring by steeping 1-2 tbsp nettles in boiling water for 4+ hours (or overnight). We recommend using freshly foraged nettles (they grow wild on the Sunshine Coast in Spring!), or dried nettles from Robert’s Creek Wellbeing’s bulk herbal apothecary.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
Reducing internal inflammation by removing inflammatory foods, common food allergens, and any known food sensitivities will naturally reduce the body’s histamine stores and strengthen immune health. Focus on a diet that’s filled with fresh organic vegetables and fruits, berries and dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and hormone-free animal protein. Stay hydrated, and incorporate garlic, onions, ginger, and turmeric regularly. Reduce or eliminate refined sugar, alcohol, excessive caffeine, conventional meat and dairy, inflammatory oils, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.
Up Your Probiotics
Seasonal allergies are linked to our gut-microbiome. Support good gut-health by incorporating probiotic-rich foods like coconut yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, and kombucha. In addition, we recommend taking a daily probiotic like Garden of Life’s 30 Billion Once Daily.