One week ago, there was over a foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures were bone-chilling. As I write this on St. Patrick’s Day, it is currently 50 degrees outside at 10 AM and the sun is shining beautifully. The Spring weather is here, and it’s here to stay, but it may not be time to celebrate just yet.
You know those “Spring Allergies” are coming. It happens every year. When the weather changes abruptly, you start to notice more congestion, sniffling, sneezing, headaches, etc.
There are 2 root causes for these seasonal allergies, and they both can be handled using natural allergy remedies. The first trigger for these pesky allergies is pollen.
The snow has melted and now plants feel like they can grow again. Pollen is the collection of microscopic grains that are released into the air by trees, grass and plants. Pollen is meant to fertilize other plants in the environment, but when pollen gets into the nose/lungs of someone who’s allergic, that’s when allergy symptoms occur.
Unfortunately, you have no control over the pollen count. You do have control over how you deal with the allergens, so stay tuned and I’ll highlight some natural allergy remedies after covering the second seasonal trigger; Non-Allergic Rhinitis.
So, what is non-allergic rhinitis? It’s when you get all the symptoms of allergies, but have no clue what the cause is because you have no allergies. Let’s say you know for a fact that you’re not allergic to pollen (lucky you!), but when the weather changes you still experience the same runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat as everyone else who is allergic to pollen.
Why is that? Because weather changes are one of the most common triggers for non-allergic rhinitis. It can be as drastic as leaving a warm room and entering a room at a cooler temperature. Or it could be just as common as the transition from winter into spring. Each case varies from individual to individual.
Here’s the kicker: Non-Allergic Rhinitis does not involve the immune system. Your antihistamines will not help you in this case. But that’s why I’m here. Check out some natural allergy remedies for both of these conditions below!
Natural Allergy Remedies
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you read my first blog about ACV, you know how much I love this stuff! Add this to the list of reasons you should be drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with about a cup of water in the morning and you’ll enjoy tons of health benefits, including help with your allergies. The science behind it all infers that ACV can lower mucous production and cleanse your lymphatic system, making it a useful remedy for both pollen allergies and non-allergic rhinitis. Try it out. I guaranteed you’ll love it.
If you’ve never used a Neti Pot, or any other type of nasal irrigation product, you’re missing out! Simply mix distilled water with about half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt, pour the solution into one nostril, tilt your head and watch it flow through the nasal cavity and drain from the other nostril. Seems weird, and it is. It feels pretty bizarre, but when that water drains from your nostril, so does all the allergens and irritations that are causing you discomfort.
This is a great remedy for both of the causes listed above, especially the non-allergic rhinitis. Since that’s not a immune system issue, there are a lack of fixes for the symptoms. This is by far the best!
This is a natural bioflavonoid that can be taken in a concentrated pill form. Quercetin is helpful for your allergies by stabilizing cells, keeping them from releasing histamine. In a way, it’s a natural antihistamine. Foods such as broccoli and oranges are also a great source of this natural allergy remedy. I would suggest combining these foods with a concentrated dose to receive the full benefits. Also, this is more of a long-term and precautionary measure. Start taking it now and you’ll be good to go by the time spring weather fully hits.
Nettle Leaf is another natural antihistamine that effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. You can find this in teas or in pill form, both of which I recommend. The best thing is that you can take this, along with all of the other listed remedies, in conjunction with numerous other vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements to find the allergy relief you need.
Hopefully you can get your spring allergies under control with these natural fixes and without the use of other medications. I stand by every single one of these products and take them all daily.
Cool story: I was on prescribed allergy medication from the time I was 10 years old, until about a year ago (I’m now 25) when I decided to stop taking the meds. I also went out and got a puppy, which I’m very allergic to. Ask to see my allergy test results if you want a good laugh. Thanks to a regimen that includes these 4 products, and a few more, I feel great year around and rarely experience the allergy symptoms that used to haunt me!