We live in the southeast and deal with seasonal allergies perpetually due to our warm moist climate. I get a lot of questions about how to relieve seasonal allergies naturally … without adding a lot of additional toxicity.
Seasonal allergies can be a nightmare for those who suffer from them. The constant sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes can make life miserable. Many people turn to over-the-counter medications for relief, but these drugs have unwanted … possibly even dangerous … side effects.
It’s helpful to understand how seasonal allergies affect our immune system so that we can avoid the triggers and mistakes that just make the situation worse.
What Triggers Seasonal Allergies
There are many causes of seasonal allergies, but one of the most common triggers is having an overactive immune system. People with hyperactive immune systems tend to be more sensitive to allergens and experience more severe symptoms.
These people know who they are. They may have even moved to a different geographic location hoping to relieve their seasonal symptoms only to find that “wherever they go … there they are.”
When moving to a new area, the immune system must adapt to new pathogens. For those with a normal immune response, this is typically experienced short-term and for one or two seasons. For those with an immune system that flares easily, the new pathogens may cause an even worse reaction than what they were seeking to escape.
As we age, our immune system may struggle to keep up with the toxic burden that accumulates in our bodies. Climate change can also exacerbate seasonal allergies, as pollen season seems to be a year-round phenomenon in many areas.
Our immune system is designed to learn and adapt over time making us less sensitive to these seasonal aggravators. If that’s not happening, you may be making some common mistakes when trying to relieve your seasonal allergy symptoms.
Common Mistakes When Trying to Relieve Seasonal Allergies
One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to relieve seasonal allergies is turning to over-the-counter medications. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the number of allergy sufferers who use OTC medication has increased from 66 to 75 percent in less than 10 years. Source
These medications are designed to dry up the symptoms, but they leave the toxins in the body as a result. And, this accumulates over time. Long-term use of these medications can also create a host of long-term symptoms that will require medical attention.
One of the side effects of these medications is dryness. Another mistake people make is to treat the dryness with nasal sprays … yet another OTC medication.
While moisture can help capture toxins in the nasal passages, it won’t relieve allergy symptoms and chemically introduced moisture can make the problem worse in the long-term. Nasal sprays are not meant for long-term treatment of allergy symptoms and can cause serious harm if not used properly.
In this video, I share some additional insights to help manage the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms without adding to the toxic burden on your body. Here are some of our top picks:
- Local Honey: Eating local honey can help desensitize your immune system to pollen in your area. Be sure to choose raw honey that hasn’t been heated or filtered to retain its natural allergy-fighting properties.
- Quercetin: Quercetin is a natural antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables. It helps stabilize mast cells, which release histamine during an allergic reaction. Taking quercetin supplements or adding quercetin-rich foods like apples, onions, and broccoli to your diet can help reduce allergy symptoms.
- Neti Pot: A neti pot can help flush out allergens from your nasal passages, reducing inflammation and congestion. Be sure to use distilled or boiled water and a saline solution to avoid introducing additional toxins into your system.
- Probiotics: Taking probiotics can help strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation, which can lessen allergy symptoms. Look for a high-quality probiotic supplement or eat probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and can help reduce inflammation in your body. Taking a vitamin C supplement or eating vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, bell peppers, and strawberries can help alleviate allergy symptoms.
Seasonal allergies make many dread the signs of spring. Reducing the triggers and avoiding common mistakes can help to prevent long-term damage to your respiratory system. By taking a proactive approach and incorporating natural remedies into your routine, you can help strengthen your immune system and reduce the severity of seasonal allergy symptoms.
If your seasonal allergy symptoms are extreme, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements or do-it-yourself treatments … including natural remedies. And remember, a spring rain is never too far away and helps to remove pollen from the air reducing the triggers and easing symptoms.