Allergies are hitting hard this year. Having a warmer winter in Ohio has made for a higher pollen count and it is taking a toll on many Ohioans. Here are some natural ways to relieve those nasty allergy symptoms.
1) Neti Pot
A neti pot rinse can clear the sinuses by rinsing out dust, pollen, and any other debris that might be causing congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
This stuff seems to have the spotlight lately in the media. To add to it’s glory, it is also a natural allergy reducer. By cleansing the Lymphatic System and reducing mucus production it proves to be pretty effective in relieving allergies.
3) Local Raw Honey
By consuming raw honey, from a local apiary, we can build up an immunity to the pollen in the area we reside. The honey has to be raw because, when bees make honey, the pollen spores left over from pollen collecting ends up in the honey. Raw honey, when consumed in moderation daily, will allow our bodies to adapt to the pollen in our area.
4) Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is similar to local raw honey. On top of improving the immune system, it can also support a healthy respiratory system and digestive tract.
5) Essential Oils
Essential oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint are great for opening up nasal passageways. Eucalyptus has anti-bacterial and ant-inflammatory properties. Peppermint is a natural expectorant and decongestant, allowing it to break up mucus and drains the sinuses.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms. It is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli cabbage and brussel sprouts, peppers, citrus fruits, and green tea.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies give these a try. Please, consult your health care provider before trying anything new.
Written by Diamond La Croix Integrative Nutrition Health Coach