March 23, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller
As I look out my office window and see it snowing once again, it’s seems untimely to be writing about hay fever and seasonal allergies, but we here in North Dakota still believe that Spring will come, even here, and hopefully sooner than later!
Whether the Spring allergy season has already hit or you’re wanting to enjoy a much less stuffy, sneezy Springtime when it finally does come, check out these safe, natural and effective options for minimizing seasonal allergy reactions. Notice they include much more than just basic supplements. You’ll notice that the action of many of these include strengthening the immune system which plays an important role in minimizing the allergic response.
*Butterbur (an herb) blocks histamine production (a good thing!) and lessens inflammation, which can help relieve itchy eyes and sneezing. Available as a tea or a supplement. (AVOID if you’re allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum)
*Nettle (an herb) helps reduce the body’s response to pollen and is available as a tea. Butterbur and Nettle work well together.
*Quercetin helps block histamine production and is found in apples, berries, red grapes, red onions & black tea. Also available as a supplement.
*Green tea also blocks histamine production and helps strengthen the immune system
*Ginger tea provides antihistamine action and helps strengthen the immune system.
*Garlic relieves inflammation and strengthens the immune system.
*Omega-3 fatty acids can help lessen inflammation and are found in salmon, walnuts, flaxseed and as a supplement.
*Homeopathic remedies are also effective and are based on your individual symptoms.
*Neti pot (also called nasal rinse) one to three times a day can help decrease allergy symptoms (avoid using tap water).
*Aromatherapy with steam inhalation (using a few drops of eucalyptus oil) helps relieve inflamed tissues.
*HayMax is a natural balm that is applied to the base of your nose to reduce pollen entering the body.
*Raw honey (grown locally) helps strengthen our immune system.
*Maintaining an alkaline diet (a discussion for another blog posting!) helps keep our immune system strong to minimize allergic reactions.
*Regular exercise helps strengthen the immune system. (Hay fever is found more frequently among the physically inactive.)
I wish you a beautiful Spring, whenever it arrives where you are…minus the sneezes, itchy eyes, etc! Please comment or refer to my website if you have specific questions: http://www.healthunlimited.biz