Each year many Americans search for ways to naturally relieve seasonal allergy symptoms without reaching for medicines and tissue boxes. Seasonal allergies usually occur in the spring or fall and the allergens are various pollens from flowering trees, ragweed, goldenrod, and various grasses. Over-the-counter drugs alleviate the symptoms without helping the underlying cause and the side effects are sometimes intolerable for many allergy sufferers. Natural supplements relieve the symptoms and also work gently to help the body find its own balance without causing side effects or suppressing the immune system.
Supplement your diet with buffered Vitamin C bioflavonoid capsules. Vitamin C acts as a mild antihistamine and boosts your immune system. Take 1000 mg daily. Take Quercetin, a natural antioxidant anti-inflammatory flavonoid to ease pollen allergies. Begin with 250 milligrams daily and increase the amount incrementally to 1,000 mg if the low dosage amount does not alleviate the symptoms.
Take Reishi mushroom supplement. Reishi mushrooms boost the immune system’s ability to fight infections and supports the adrenal glands. Take 400mg three times daily. The herb stinging nettles is an old remedy for preventing and relieving runny noses, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of seasonal allergies. Begin with two 175 mg capsules three times daily.
Use eyebright herb for teary eyes. Eyebright contains tannins that reduce wateriness and inflammation in the mucous membranes. Make a tea from the herb and soak cotton pads in the infusion. Place the cotton pads over your eyes. Use honey or honeycomb as a natural sweetener. Honey provides propolis, a mild antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Unclog sinuses by inhaling steam from a vaporizer.
Purchase homeopathic remedies to alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms. Health food stores sell a wide variety of homeopathic formulas specifically designed to provide allergy relief. Some of the homeopathic formulas target specific pollen profiles for regional areas of the country.
Keep pollen out of the home with air purifiers, filters, and air conditioners. Dust your home weekly and keep windows closed until the allergy season subsides. Wash hands, hair, and clothing often and rinse eyes with cool water after being outdoors. Avoid over-sensitizing your nose by staying away from dust and scented odors.
Maintain a healthy diet and cut your intake of junk food. A healthy diet will help to balance your immune system and reduce overreaction to airborne substances. A low sugar diet will also promote healthy functioning of the adrenal glands which is responsible for the production of vital hormones and adrenaline. Stressed adrenal glands can cause allergic responses.
Source: Better Nutrition Magazine