Spring is in the air and here in Houston we are experiencing some of the most beautiful weather of the year. But this beautiful weather comes with a price for many due to the high counts of tree pollen and other allergens in the environment. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, read on for some ideas for natural relief!
Keep those allergens out of your nasal pathways with a gentle wash. Neti pots work great for this. They take a little getting used to,but can provide some big relief from congestion. Make sure to use either filtered water or boiled water that has been cooled to avoid unhealthy pathogens that can be found in some tap water to make it into your nasal cavity. This is a great article on how to use a neti pot.
Doing a saline nasal spray in each nostril several times per day is also super helpful and even easier. Xlear saline nasal spray is one example of a great one.
2. Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that was conceptualized by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. It follows the concept of minute doses of substances used to stimulate the innate healing capacities of the body. There are many different homeopathic methods for treating allergies, but the key is finding the right method for your specific allergic condition. Boiron can be found in many stores and online here and has a range of remedies from which to choose.
3. Try a low histamine diet
If external histamine from the environment is ramped up, the body can become overwhelmed to the point that regular offloading of excess histamine is compromised. Reducing the burden of histamine wherever you can, including in the diet, can make a difference for some people. Low histamine diets can be burdensome but paying attention to the foods that make the greatest impact may provide much needed relief. A list of these foods is provided below.
4. Natural antihistamine supplements
A number of compounds found in nature can help reduce the bodily burden of histamine. They do not tend to act as quickly as traditional antihistamines such as benadryl but when taken over time can reduce the symptom burden for many. Nettle Leaf and Quercertin are two examples and it’s best to start taking these before the start of allergy season. However, many people have found relief by starting them daily when symptoms appear. As with any supplement, check with your doctor before using as interactions with certain medications and conditions can be possible. One of my favorite supplements is HistaEze from Designs for Health as it has both quercertin and nettle leaf along with Vitamin C and other plant compounds that can be helpful.
5. Local Honey
This remedy does not have as much scientific research behind it but anecdotally, many feel that taking a teaspoon or more of local raw honey daily has improved their allergy symptoms. The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside. To try this, you should buy local, unfiltered honey from as close to where you live as possible and take 1 teaspoon one or more times per day.