Holistic Allergy Remedies
Spring has sprung, the landscape is awash in blossoms and you couldn't be more miserable. Why? Seasonal allergies, of course. But with our trusty natural remedies in hand, you need not suffer this Spring.
Eating locally harvested, raw honey is a traditional folk remedy that's all the buzz. The honey, which contains trace amounts of the very pollen triggering your symptoms, acts like a homeopathic of sorts, alleviating the bothersome symptoms while also boosting immunity.
A substance found in the skin of apples and onions, Quercetin is nature's anti-histamine. Look for 400mg, 2x daily during peak allergy season.
WILD NETTLE LEAF TEA
Deeply nourishing, the leaves of wild nettle inhibit your histamine production and also act as a potent anti-inflammatory. Find it in capsule, tincture or tea bag form or better yet, make your own strong herbal infusion. Akin to a multi-vitamin for the entire body, this simple tea requires you to combine 3 parts wild nettle leaf to 1/2 part peppermint leaf. Infuse 1 heaping tablespoon in freshly boiled water for 10-15 minutes, strain and enjoy hot or iced.
While it can take a few tries to get the hang of using a Neti Pot, the relief it provides to allergy sufferers is well worth the effort as it's a highly effective way to wash away allergens and common irritants. Simply fill your Neti Pot with 8 ounces of pure saline solution, lean over a sink and pour the liquid through one nostril while allowing it to drain out the other nostril. Repeat on the other side. You can also mix your own saline solution by combining 1 quart of freshly boiled water with 2 tsp Celtic sea salt (non-iodized) and mixing gently. Let cool to room temperature and store any excess in the fridge for up to several days.