Seeing those first sprouts of spring is always incredibly welcome and exciting after a frigid winter, but one thing is certain… the sneezes and itchy eyes are right around the corner.
That tickle in your throat and a dripping nose goes hand-in-hand with spring for millions of people. Many people turn to OTC options to help ease these symptoms so that they may enjoy springtime a little more.
Did you know there are a slew of things in your kitchen right now that can help ease your spring allergies? If you prefer a more natural approach, there’s a host of different herbs, foods, and other natural remedies to help reduce your allergy symptoms.
I’ll share with you a few of my favorites…
- DITCH THE DAIRY
For many, dairy stimulates an allergic response and they probably have no idea the two are related. Dairy can thicken the mucus in your body, causing congestion and creating a heightened allergic response. Lowering your dairy intake is certainly worth a try to see if it lessens your allergy symptoms. With so many different dairy alternatives on the market, it’s quite simple to replace dairy without too much of a headache or change in pace. Give it a shot!
- QUERCETIN & BROMELAIN
If you’ve never heard of these two, you’re in for a treat. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help fight those spring allergies like a charm. Some foods rich in quercetin include capers, red onions, buckwheat, and cranberries, to name a few. You can also take it as a supplement.
Bromelain is incredible for helping with sinus issues, which are closely linked with spring allergies. It also boosts your immune system, which is always beneficial when we're fighting to stay well. Pineapple is where you’ll find this along with the option of taking it as a supplement as well.
- HEALTHY FATS
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a great tool in lowering the histamine response and boosting the immune system. Foods high in omega-3 are different types of fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring. Aside from fish, you can get a good amount of omega-3’s in chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.
Try adding in at least one of these omega-3 powerhouses on a regular basis to provide your body with their wonderful benefits.
- STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle is an herb that can support you with lowering the spring allergy symptoms via its natural anti-histamine qualities. Stinging nettle can be found in dried herb, loose leaf form to make hot tea, a powdered version to add to your favorite green smoothie, capsule form or in pre-made tea bags. With this not being an actual food you have to prepare and make, it’s quite effortless to add this one into your day without much trouble at all — only benefit!
***Anyone on blood thinners or blood pressure medication should consult their medical professional before implementing stinging nettle into their lives.
- SUGAR INTAKE
Sugar is a staple in many of the holiday meals and treats we were surrounded by mere months ago, and it can be quite difficult to give up.
The unfortunate fact is that it’s not good for you and it disrupts many systems in your body. An overconsumption of sugar can lead to a host of health issues — specifically, for this topic, it can rev up your allergic response to spring allergies.
Try as hard as you can to alleviate processed sugar from your meals and drinks. Replacing them with healthier options is a great way to lower the desire for the sweetness until you’re ready to kick it completely.
- BEE POLLEN & HONEY
Bee pollen is an amazing tool for natural relief of spring allergies. The antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting benefits of bee pollen are too great to pass up. You can purchase bee pollen ground or in granules that can be mixed into foods or used in smoothies. Aside from bee pollen, raw honey is another simple and fantastic way to help alleviate spring allergy symptoms. If you can find local raw honey at your local farmers market, that’s the best option. Put a spoonful into your morning tea and enjoy all of the benefits it brings.
Seasonal allergies can take you down for the count but arming yourself with remedies from nature is the way to face the spring blossoms with a smile and not a sneeze.
Hey, I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you tried any of the above recommendations and if they helped you.