This time of year, I get many questions from my clients about how to treat allergies. Often these clients have been taking A LOT of over-the-counter allergy meds, and are no longer getting the relief from their symptoms. Further, these meds often mask the underlying problem and can come with side effects such as dry mouth, fatigue, and headaches. Household toxins can exacerbate the allergins as well. If you want to both remove toxins and relieve allergies, there are some plants that will do the job for you! I’ve made a list of allergy treatments that I often recommend.
Natural remedies for allergies to try:
- Shower before bed, close bedroom windows at night, don’t sleep with outdoor pets, if your budget allows, put a good HEPA filter in your bedroom.
- Use a neti pot or saline rinse twice daily: once in the morning and again right before bed. You may find extra benefit from using an Ayurvedic naysa oil after in your a.m. rinse or just a simple application of coconut or sesame oil into your nostrils with your pinky. This can offer protection from allergens during the day.
- Stay well hydrated! Mild dehydration can activate histamine production.
- Take 2000mg vitamin C daily; this antioxidant can lower histamine levels in the bloodstream.
- I usually recommend supplementing with 350mg Quercitin daily. If this doesn’t alleviate symptoms, slowly increase to 1000mg. Quercitin is a potent bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of antihistamines. 350mg of nettle, a herb, can also be helpful. Lastly, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples, can help reduce inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Many good supplements, such as D-Hist, will combine the these for you.
- Start action BEFORE your allergies symptoms start. This will catch it early and can make management much easier.
- See your provider to get tested. Underlying issues can cause worsening symptoms during allergy season. I have witnessed people’s allergies clearing up as soon as their gut is healed. This may sound crazy, but up to 80%, potentially more, of our immune system is in our gut. When the gut is having issues or suboptimal health, inflammation in your body will be increased, and allergies will be exacerbated.
For even more tips for managing seasonal allergies, check out Northwest Integrative Medicine’s article, Seasonal Allergies.