Seasonal allergies can take the fun out of the season change from cold to hot. Itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, headaches, weezing. All the common allergy symptoms that make doing even the smallest things outdoors almost impossible. Don’t let this be the reason you don’t get outdoors this spring!  There are natural allergy remedies that you can try!

All the common allergy symptoms that make doing even the smallest things outdoors almost impossible. There are natural allergy remedies that you can try!

Here are 10 natural allergy remedies:

    1. Use local honey – bees in your area pollenate from the plants that give you allergy symptoms. By ingesting local honey, your body may be able to develop an adaptation to the environment and you not have such severe allergic reactions. So go visit your local farmers market and get a jar of local honey! Make sure the honey is raw and unfiltered!
    2. Use a neti pot filed with a saline solution (1 tsp. of sea salt or Himilayan salt in a quart of boiled distilled water, cooled). Pour the saline solution through one nostril and let it drain out the other. This will help flush out the sinuses and help reduce inflammation.
    3. Nettle Leaf tea – nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine (blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine which is what over the counter allergy medicines do). You can make a nettle leaf tea or take capsules made from dried nettle leaves found at your local health food store.
    4. Probiotics – the health of your gut will play a big role in your body’s ability to fight infection and inflammation. By taking a daily probiotic, you can help ensure your gut is getting the healthy bacteria it needs to help fight infection.
    5. Take fish oil or eat more fatty fish – fish oil can help your body fight inflammation, which may help you fight allergies. In studies, people who took fish oil capsules for a month had lower levels of the chemicals in the body that contribute to allergic reactions.

All the common allergy symptoms that make doing even the smallest things outdoors almost impossible. There are natural allergy remedies that you can try!

  1. Wear sunglasses! Especially when outside during the time when all the trees and plants are pollenating. This will help keep pollen in the air out of your eyes, reducing the amount of itching and swelling in your eyes.
  2. Acupuncture – acupuncture can help reduce inflammation in the body. In studies acupuncture has helped bring relief to people suffering from hay fever.
  3. Cook with turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric contains curcumin, which can help reduce allergy symptoms, ward off colds and act as a decongestant. Black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin, so it’s advised that you also add black pepper when cooking with turmeric.
  4. Shower often – After being outdoors during the allergy months, come home and shower and change clothes immediately. This will help reduce your exposure to the allergens at home.
  5. Don’t take your daily walk in the morning – many of the trees and plants that cause seasonal allergies release their pollen at first light of the day. So moving your walk to later in the day (4-5 pm or later) will help you reduce your exposure to pollen.

These natural allergy remedies are easy enough to implement and are worth trying if you typically suffer from allergy symptoms during this time of the year!