Ugh, it’s that time of year many of us dread! The itchy eyes, the stuffy nose, the sneezing, the scratchy throat… Yep, there is nothing fun about allergies, that’s for sure! And while it is easy to grab some over the counter medications, there is actually some promising relief in natural approaches. Here are my top 7 ways to alleviate allergies naturally:
- Essential Oil Steam:
Boil some water in a saucepan or tea kettle. Turn off the heat and add some essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, myrtle, or tea tree oil. Take a few deep breaths of the oil-steam mixture for a few minutes to help alleviate nasal congestion.
- Stinging Nettle Tea:
Stinging nettle is a natural antihistamine. 1-2 cups a day will offer the same alleviating effects that over the counter medicine may offer. In a double-blind study -58% of people reported it to be effective and 48% said 300mg of freeze-dried herb was equally or more effective as other allergy medications.
- Get Your Healthy Bacteria:
Eating foods with plenty of probiotics is essential for keeping your immune system healthy. Look for products with probiotics such as Lactobaccilus rhamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus acidophilus, all of which help keep allergies in check. Supplementing with a probiotic is also a great idea.
- Swedish Massage:
Sounds tough, huh? ; ) Among many other great things, massage promotes a calming effect through the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing the body’s level of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that are often found responsible for an allergic response.
- Minimize Sugar, Wheat & Dairy Consumption:
All three are known to excess produce mucus in the body. Reducing the amount may help relieve nasal congestion and irritation. A 7 day elimination diet is the best way to find out if taking these foods out of your diet can help.
- Bee Pollen:
Sounds confusing, right? It is actually thought that ingesting pollens will help the body to build resistance to these potential allergens and, in turn, reduce allergy symptoms. A teaspoon of bee pollen sprinkled on a spoonful of almond butter is a great way to get it down the hatch! For those of you who have severe allergies, starting with 1 teaspoon a day and working your way up is the best way to know your tolerance.
- Homemade Nasal Rinse:
One of my favorite Chinese Medicine doctors, Dr. Maoshing Ni suggests that you use a drop each of wintergreen and oregano oil and mix with one teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Fill a small squeeze bottle with the solution, and squirt it into each nostril, one at a time. Blow your nose each time and repeat until you finish the solution. This procedure can be repeated daily.
Hoping you find a bit of relief this season!
Until next time…
Lindsay- Your Blooming Moon Nutritionist : )