Don’t let itchy eyes and a runny (or stuffed up) nose dominate your days this spring. Instead, try these natural tactics that can help keep allergies at bay. Start now to get ahead of the springtime allergy onslaught.
If sneezing and itchy eyes are affecting your day-to-day routine during specific times of the year, you may have seasonal allergies. The following natural approaches may have beneficial effects on your symptoms - give them a try:
- Take freeze-dried stinging nettles and butterbur. Both herbs may perform as well as antihistamines, without the drowsiness.
- Eliminate dairy and any products that contain the protein casein (to avoid potential immune-system irritation).
- Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids - they help combat inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Wild Alaskan salmon or high-quality fish oil supplements are good choices. The body can convert the fats in freshly ground flaxseeds to omega-3s, but the process is inefficient – fish oil is a far better source.
- Eat foods rich in quercetin. This bioflavonoid can help prevent the release of histamine. Citrus fruits, garlic, parsley, apples, broccoli and tea all contain quercetin.
- Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits, such as berries and cherries, to help modify the body's inflammatory response.
- Try nasal douching with a warm saline solution by using a Neti pot.
- Drink plenty of water to keep nasal passages hydrated and to help flush out your system.
- Consider acupuncture. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma, can be relieved with acupuncture.