Handling Seasonal Allergies, The Natural Way

Let’s talk about seasonal allergies.

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I know I have them! Personally, mine are icky enough that I do buy over the counter stuff (Allegra), but I know plenty of people who prefer to use natural remedies. I’ve done this too, and it is completely manageable.

Here are some of the things that actually work:

  1. Bee Pollen. Some people recommend that you eat local honey. This has never worked for me. What has worked is a daily dose of Bee Pollen. Don’t buy the capsule stuff; go to Whole Foods or your local co-op and find the refrigerated vitamins & supplements–buy that stuff. Eat it raw, put it in your cereal, sprinkle it on your yogurt.
  2. Quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that is in lots of leafy green veggies. It fights free radical damage, inflammation, and (here’s the kicker) it’s a great decongestant. You can buy it as a supplement, and it will be effective. It’s not the cheapest option, but it definitely gets the job done.
  3. Chrysanthemum Tea. You can find dried chrysanthemum usually at your local Asian supermarket, or you can buy it online. If you want to, you can place it in boiling water to make herbal tea. Or, you can go ahead and buy it in tea form. It doesn’t always taste great, but if you drink enough of it, it will kick that hay fever in the butt. It also promotes heart health, serves as a nerve relaxant, and will boost your immune system.
  4. There are a few herbal brands you can find at your local co-op or Whole Foods that pack a punch. Some of the top brands are: Boiron, Source Naturals, Native Remedies (usually found online), or Rainbow Light.
  5. The last option isn’t exactly a last minute one, but the Nettie Pot is excellent for preventative care. It clears nasal passages, and gives relief to many. Despite what many people may tell you, DO NOT wait until you are suffering to use it. The Nettie Pot is meant to keep things from getting guncky; it’s not a de-guncker. Instead of getting the Saline Nasal Spray, get the actual pot to use with the salt formula (please don’t just use table salt) and warm water.
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