Who else is suffering big time form Allergies right now?! I’m definitely feeling my symptoms in full effect over the last week. I have itchy eyes, a runny and itchy nose and a scratchy throat, it’s the WORST! I never had seasonal allergies as a kid or a teen. I only started to notice symptoms when I was pregnant and they have been haunting me every spring since. They are a pain in my butt, the upside is they are only temporary. I looked into some natural remedies to get relief for myself and thought maybe it might be a good idea to share them with any of you who might also be suffering. 😉 I don’t want to have to resort to taking antihistamines all spring! So here are my top 5 natural ways to help fight allergy season.
Allergies are your body’s reaction to allergens, a sign that your immune system is working overtime. The first time your body encounters an allergen, your plasma cells release immunoglobulin, an antibody specific to that allergen. Which then attaches to the surface of your mast cells. Your mast cells are found in great numbers in your surface tissues (i.e. the mucous membranes of your nose), where they help cause an inflammatory responses. This causes your mast cells to become activated and release a powerful cocktail of histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins, which trigger the entire cascade of symptoms you associate with allergies: sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, hacking cough, itchy eyes, etc.
- Local Honey: The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot.” So add a teaspoon or more of raw to your next cup of tea. The honey should be unprocessed local honey from as close to where you actually live as possible.
- Turmeric: This spice belongs to the ginger family. It is a natural nutritional supplement that helps to cure many beauty and health problems, including allergies, due to the following properties: it contains curcumin, a compound that acts as a decongestant, it acts as an anti – histamine which helps in reducing the mast cell de-granulation or histamine, and it has anti-inflammatory analgesic and anti-bacterial properties that help to cure allergies. I bought this great Turmeric Tonic from my local health food store and it’s amazing.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is an age old remedy that is great for a variety of health conditions. Some folks have used it for the allergies with great success. The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies.
- Probiotics: New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies. So taking a probiotic can help balance your gut bacteria, having a positive effect on your allergies. Fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha or Kefir can hep also boost gut bacteria.
- Meditation: I know this might sound far fetched but my boyfriend meditates and suggested it might help with my allergies. I will being trying this method out this week. I went on the internet to research this theory and found some testimonials that it really helped people. Allergies are caused by an improper response from your immune system. When you are relaxed your immune system works better. If you are stressed or depressed your immune system is impaired. People that meditate regularly are more relaxed. As a result their immune systems work better and allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated!
I hope you try some of these remedies and they give you some relief! I would love to hear your success stories or any other things that have worked for you. Please leave me a comment below.