Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes… oh my!

Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms lately? If so, you will be pleased to learn that there are several natural remedy solutions for your seasonal allergies!

Here are several things that can help:

1. Eat honey
Local honey contains small amounts of the local pollen and by consuming regularly it can help to desensitize our immune system, much like how allergy shots work. Consume approx 1 tsp daily before and during allergy season.

2. Keep mucous membranes moist
Use a simple saline nasal spray. Saline (salt water), helps maintain the integrity of our mucous membranes. Additionally, using a saline nasal spray on a regular basis can help rinse out allergens from the nose and decrease the number of irritants.

3. Do a sinus saline wash
Use a neti pot (sinus lavage). This can be extremely beneficial for those who are having a lot of nasal congestion. Prepare a saline solution: ¼ heaping tsp salt to 1 cup warm water. Put this into your neti pot. Tilt your head to one side and slightly forward (over a sink) and insert the nozzle of the pot into your top nostril. Gently allow the warm saline solution to flow through your sinuses and it will begin to flow out of your bottom nostril. Now be certain to breathe through your mouth as you do this. After you finish one side, blow several forceful breaths out of your nose to expel any excess saline or mucus. Repeat on the other side.

4. Avoid foods that at you are sensitive to
One of the best ways to reveal food sensitivities is through a blood test.  Immuno labs, through our office, can test your body’s immune reaction to up to 154 different foods.  This can give you the information that you will need to identify hidden food challenges.

5. Stabilize your mast cells
Consume more fruits and vegetables – especially the colorful ones: broccoli, citrus, red peppers, purple cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables. There are also several herbs that are very effective: Nettles, turmeric, bayberry, feverfew, eyebright, goldenseal and yarrow. A product that contains these herbs is Aller-leaf by Gaia Herbs, a North Carolina based company.

 

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