It’s allergy time! I am reminded of this each morning that I wake up. That being said, I seriously love this time of year. Summer is almost here, my coat is being downgraded to a jacket, and I am always thinking about spending more time outdoors. One problem with that…I can’t stop sneezing! Every morning, my non-stop sneezing starts like clock work. In the past, I have used Benadryl and Claritin, but the drowsy side effects are not worth it for me. Using natural remedies for allergies has minimal side effects, and can help with plant based allergies.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, over 26 million Americans are reported to have seasonal allergies. Most of these people are devoted pharmaceutical supporters, and they don’t understand that after long-term use, their bodies build up a resistance to the drug. Also, think about all of the money being spent on these pharmaceutical agents that make us drowsy. Take a moment…really think about it. Most of the time, our allergies flare up in the morning. Then, you have to go to work. For those of us who drive, this is a No No! These drugs can severely impair one’s judgment behind the wheel.
Here are some simple things that you can do to alleviate symptoms. Most of these are no brainers, but it is well worth mentioning. During peak allergy season, try to go outdoors for less periods of time. Using the air conditioner is also a great idea, because it wards off allergens. Also, keep all windows closed…this includes car windows and home windows. Remember, we want to keep pollen outdoors where it belongs.
Natural Allergy Treatments
One great way to naturally combat allergies, is by taking a bioflavonoid named Quercetin. Quercetin is a mast cell stabilizer, and halts the progression of histamine. Histamine is what makes our noses run, and causes us to sneeze every 2 seconds. Quercetin is also known for its antioxidant qualities, and works to rid the body of free radicals, which are linked to the progression of cancer. Quercetin is found in foods, such as, broccoli, apples, and citrus fruits. Even though it is found in foods, it is necessary to take a supplement of 1000 MG daily at least 6 months before allergy season. *If you are pregnant or have liver disease, do not take Quercetin, and be sure to contact your primary care provider prior to use.
*For those of us that have asthma or breathing issues during peak high pollen months, cooking with chili peppers, horseradish, or wasabi can decongest the airways.
A natural alternative to a pharmaceutical antihistamine is stinging nettle supplements. This is a great option, because it does not cause drowsiness. Stinging nettle works as a histamine antagonist, and it is amazing what this little plant can do! Evidence based research shows that for subjects that took 300MG daily, their symptoms were resolved, but for only a few hours. For those of us who suffer in the morning, like me, this is great!
These natural remedies are definitely worth a try, and if there is a way to relieve these annoying symptoms, and get out there and enjoy life, then why not! I personally have found these remedies to be effective, and what has worked for me, may work differently for someone else. It may be worth your while to try more than one of these remedies in order to see what actually works best for you!