With the turn of Daylight Savings, I see the light! Not just the literal light of longer days, but the light of Spring time approaching! So long awaited, so preciously missed! As beautiful and energizing the beginning of Spring time is, it also brings in something not so energizing: seasonal allergies.
Sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, itchy and watery red eyes. Not exactly the look you were going for, huh?
As many as 35 million Americans face seasonal allergies each year as the pollen from trees, grass, flowers and plants make their way into the air.
For many, relief is just a trip to the drug store and loading up on conventional medications. Conventional medications for allergies have been known to have troubling and harsh side effects. Allergy sufferers may get mild relief from symptoms, but not without feeling fatigued, drowsy, disoriented and even unable to function or drive a vehicle.
Mother Nature, on the other hand, has got you covered, in a more natural way, with less harsh side effects to boot.
(Disclosure: Remember, I’m just a natural-minded Mom, I’m not a doctor, so always consult yours before starting a new regimen)
“Using nature-based products can be a very useful way to handle mild allergies and a useful adjunct for more significant allergies, and there are many types of treatments you can safely try,” says Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Natural Remedies For Seasonal Allergies
1. Buterbur Leaf Extract
Buterbur is an herb that has been used to treat a variety of ailments. You can see it here. Butterbur contains chemicals that might relieve spasms and decrease swelling (inflammation). Taking a specific butterbur leaf extract seems to decrease nose discomfort in people with hay fever.
Kick Your Conventional Meds To The Curb!
Some evidence even suggests that this extract might be as effective as 10 mg per day of cetirizine (Zyrtec) or 180 mg per day of fexofenadine (Allegra).
Note: Do not use butterbur products unless they are certified and labeled as free of PA’s (pyrrolizidine alkaloids). Do not use butterbur if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take if you have liver disease. Always consult your physician before starting a regimen and for proper dosage.
2. Grapeseed Extract
Grapeseed is derived from the seeds (and sometimes skin) of red grapes. It doesn’t need to be anything special, just something like this. Grapeseed is a natural antihistamine and could control coughing, sneezing, congestion and other symptoms of seasonal allergies. The extract also holds back the release of chemicals called “prostaglandins” that can generate inflammation during allergy attacks.
Consistent, daily use of the grapeseed extract yields the best results for combatting allergy symptoms.
3. Streamline Your Diet
Were you expecting this one? You’re probably wondering what your diet has to do with seasonal allergies. As more research becomes available, it is becoming more known that food intolerance may be more closely related to seasonal allergies than before thought.
Curing From The Inside Out!
Cut out any foods that may trigger even a mild sensitivity for you. These same foods may have an impact on seasonal allergy attacks also.
According to New York University allergist Clifford Bassett, MD, if you suffer from ragweed or other weed pollen allergies, you should avoid eating melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and any herbal supplements containing echinacea, all of which can make symptoms much worse.
Getting stuck with needles might not seem like it will help with allergies, but the ancient Chinese practice is based on creating change outside of the body to initiate reaction on the inside of the body. This practice has been linked to considerable allergy symptom relief.
Acupuncture can be a good choice for you if you are suffering from multiple allergies. Acupuncture has been known to control the areas of the immune system that are overstimulated by exposure to multiple irritating factors (not just allergies).
5. Spicy Foods
Uhh, did this turn into a “Go Into Labor Quick” post? Not quite! But you can still whip out the same spicy foods! Cayenne pepper, hot ginger, fenugreek, onion and garlic.
The reason: Experts say the spicier the cuisine, the more likely it is to thin mucous secretions, which can clear out those nasal passages!
Note: If you are already on conventional allergy medications, adding these to your routine may end up harmful and you will end up with too much antihistamine in your system. Consult your doctor before starting a regimen.
Hopefully, with using Nature’s Pharmacy, you can fully enjoy the beautiful budding of Spring approaching us! Stay well, my friends!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
NATURALLY NICOLE XO