Stuffy, runny nose? Sneezing? Tired? You may have seasonal allergies. In today’s guest post, Corey Walden shares with all a few natural solutions to treating allergies.
Many of us suffer with seasonal allergies, made worse by with various conditions in weather, pollen in the air, humidity, and other changes that come with changes in the time of year. From mild discomfort to severe impact in the ability to carry out daily activities, seasonal allergies have been suffered from and treated for eons. There are many pharmaceuticals made to help treat seasonal and other allergies, including Benadryl, and other antihistamines.
However, for those who want to stay away from over the counter medicines, there are a lot of more natural and healthier options that you can choose.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Sharing some similar symptoms as the common cold, nearly all of us have had at least a few of these symptoms before, though from person to person, and from year to year, seasonal allergies may actually vary.
In my late teens I suffered from terribly itchy eyes constantly during the spring and summer months, but now if I experience any symptoms, it’s just nasal congestion and a runny nose. Many people I know unfortunately suffer from many more symptoms than I do. Here is a fairly complete list of the common symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Post nasal drip
- Itchy nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watering and tearing of the eyes
- Sleep problems due to other symptoms
- Cloudy thinking
How can I treat seasonal allergies?
- Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, both supplemental and natural food forms will help suppress symptoms.
- Flavanoids will help with symptoms, and will also enhance the therapeutic effects of vitamin C. Eat apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans and tomatoes for strong sources of flavonoids.
- Reishi mushrooms have been found to be effective against some allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies, as well as other health issues.
- Honey can be a great help in preventing and treating seasonal allergies, if the honey used is raw, unfiltered, and local (within 100 miles of where you are suffering your allergy symptoms).
- Turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory, helping with fatigue, aches, and some other allergy symptoms.
- Peppermint and other mint oils, and the heat from their teas can help open airways.
- Nettle is another natural antihistamine, helping minimize the overall effects of allergies, and can be taken in capsule form as allergy season nears and occurs.
- Eyebright, often used in teas, can help minimize the overproduction of mucus during allergy symptoms, and help with itchy eyes.
Mixing and matching these various herbal and nutritional supplements to fit your particular symptoms can cover a wide spectrum of seasonal allergy symptoms. You may also find that some will work better than others, so experiment and find what gives you the best results and relief!
About the Author
Corey Walden is a licensed personal trainer dedicated to improving people’s health and quality of life. With a focus on preventing injuries, correcting misalignments and diet advice, Corey strives to improve people’s lives. Corey is also a writer for a Home Remedies site where he helps answer questions about natural treatments for common ailments.
Do you have any natural solutions that you use and work for treating seasonal allergies?