5 Natural Remedies To Relieve Spring Allergies
As the warmer months are finally upon us, unfortunately, they often bring with them a slew of spring allergies. Spring allergies are most commonly caused by pollen, which is a tiny grain released by grass, trees and weeds to help fertilize other plants. The symptoms often result in sneezing, itchy eyes, an itchy and runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing. While over-the-counter medicine can certainly help to relieve symptoms, there are also natural remedies that can help. Here are five natural solutions to try to alleviate spring allergies either on their own or in conjunction with an over-the-counter med.
Drink Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea contains an abundant amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, peppermint tea is beneficial in relieving allergy symptoms as it contains something in it called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside that can reduce the number of histamines being released in your body. By reducing histamine production in the body, you thereby simultaneously reduce allergy symptoms, which are caused by histamine production (that’s right, all of them). Mix a 1/4 cup of fresh peppermint with hot water and a splash of honey and lemon to get the benefits of peppermint.
Increase Your Intake of Quercetin
Quercetin is a flavonoid most commonly found in apples, onions, peppers, tomatoes, red wine, cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens. Quercetin reduces the production of histamine in the body that can help keep your allergy symptoms to a minimum. While getting quercetin from food is a great option, getting it from a supplement is also a possibility. However, it is essential to check with your healthcare provider for any possible interactions with other medications that you may be on before taking it.
Add Walnuts to Your Diet
Walnuts are high in vitamin E, which boosts the immune system and as a result helps to curb allergy symptoms. Walnuts are also high in Magnesium, which reduces any coughing or wheezing associated with your allergies. Grab a handful daily to experience the benefits. Of course, when it comes to adding walnuts to your diet, it is essential to ensure that you are not allergic to walnuts first. And of course, if you are not sure if you have a walnut allergy but have maybe suspected some symptoms in the past then get some blood work done to find out.
Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cide Vinegar has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help with boosting your immune system and combatting allergy symptoms. At the same time as increasing your immune system, it can also help to relieve a sore throat and provide sinus relief, which is often one of the main areas affected by spring allergies. Just mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with some warm water and drink. You can also add some honey if you don’t like the taste of apple cider on its own. Please check with your healthcare provider if you have never tried it before.
Increase Your Intake of Fermented Foods
Whether it is kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt or kefir to name a few, fermented foods are not only great for your digestive health, but they are great for relieving allergy symptoms. The probiotics within fermented foods may help to boost your immune system and inhibit your body’s response to allergens.