Itâ€™s upon us. That itchy, runny, sneezy time of year. Sure, the fall weather feels great, but for allergy-sufferers this time of year can be torturous. Whether youâ€™re like me (only mild sneezing), or like my husband (runny nose, runny eyes, shortness of breath, and LOTS of sneezing), or somewhere in between, thereâ€™s no escaping the onslaught of Autumnal allergies. Claritin and Kleenex may be your best friends, but did you know there are many natural remedies for allergies?
Hereâ€™s the scoop:
- DO use air conditioning (if possible and/or necessary). This limits the amount of allergens that make their way into your house.
- DONâ€™T use fans to cool the house. They only stir up the dust, pollen, and dander.
- DO your research. Know what allergens bother you the most and where they are found. Going camping or hiking? Call the campgrounds ahead of time or research online to determine how badly you might be bothered.
- Quercetin. A bioflavonoid (plant compound), quercetin is also an antihistamine and an antioxidant. Quercetin works best when taken regularly in supplement form (Such as Metagenics, Sinuplex 120 Tablets).
- Neti Pots. They kind of look like Aladdinâ€™s lamp (but they donâ€™t contain a genie). Fill one with a saltwater mixture, pour into one nostril and then let it drain out the other. Voila - you can breathe again.
- Stinging Nettle. This herb is a natural antihistamine and works like an over-the-counter drug. Stinging Nettle is available in both capsule and tea form.
Allergy Fighting Foods
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to fight inflammation and reduce allergy symptoms. Try foods like cold-water fish, walnuts (just not if you allergic to them!), flax seeds, beans, and olive oil.
- Temporary decongestants. Â Horseradish, hot mustard, hot peppers, etc... all help to clear the nasal passages.
What do you think? Whatâ€™s the craziest thing youâ€™ve ever done to relieve allergy symptoms?