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Mar 24 2014

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Spring Has Sprung, Natural Remedies for Allergies

Natural remedies for spring allergies
My daffodils and tulips are in full bloom, cherry blossoms are filling the neighborhood trees and tee-ball season is in full swing. Ah choo!

I love the spring season. The sun is shining and everything is green but I could do without the sneezing, the watery eyes, and the itchy nose.

This season I am prepared to fight back the best I can against ol’ Mother Nature and get through this season without suffering too much. I really don’t like taking meds unless absolutely necessary, so these are the natural remedies keeping me well.

 

 

  • Neti Pot, Neti Pot, Neti Pot! Flushing out my nasal passages with salt water is keeping my nasal passages moisturized and flushing out the allergens that I breathe in all day. My kids haven’t quite got this down so I use prepackaged nasal irrigation for them.
  • Shower at night. After a day outside, the pollens and dust are stuck to my clothes and hair. Showering at night keeps them off my pillow.
  • Spicy food. It doesn’t prevent any of my allergy symptoms but I reach for the spicy mustard or chili powder to work as a decongestant. Oh darn, more sushi nights to have wasabi work its magic.
  • Peppermint tea. It acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial components. The steam helps break up mucus. Fun.
  • Probiotics. I’m not positive how much of an effect this one is working, but it can’t hurt. I’ve read a lot about the connection between an imbalance in the immune and digestive system causing allergies. I love Greek yogurt and kefir and already include it in my diet, so I’ve stepped this up a notch.

If you have more natural remedies that work for you, please share!

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2 comments

  1. Patti Hancock

    Enzymatic therapy has a product called Petadolex. Not cheap. But it contains butterbur which is super helpful for allergy season. Stinging nettles (yeah, the name is weird) is also suppose to help. And also QBC Complex made by Solaray. Contains Quercetin, Bromelain and Vitamin C.

    1. Jen

      Thank you!!

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