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Spring Fever: Natural Allergy Remedies

The sun has finally come out in Denver – and after a few weeks with snow and rainstorms – it looks like it’s here to stay.

This is great!

Except for one thing…

Allergies.

All of the sudden, myself and everyone around me, is sniffling, sneezing, and coughing up a storm. The problem is that most over the counter treatments are only temporarily effective and can make you either drowsy or jittery depending on the formula.

So, I decided that I would track down some of the best all-natural allergy remedies and share them with you…

Peppermint Tea:

More than just a good remedy for a stomach ache, it seems that peppermint tea can also help calm the effects of some allergies. The essential oil in peppermint leaves works as a decongestant, and it can also have anti-inflammatory effects. You can buy it at the store, or make your own by steeping dried peppermint leaves for 5 minutes in boiling water.

Neti Pots:

I know people who use them daily during flu season and allergy season. If you have never seen one before, it looks like a tiny teapot, and is used to flush the nasal passages with warm water or saline. It may not be pretty, but this will help to clear out allergens and loosen mucus. You can get one at just about any drugstore, and most come with everything you need.

Local Honey:

More evidence is still needed, but I have friends who swear by this technique. A simple way to potentially help allergies is to consume honey produced by bees in your region (easily found at most farmers markets). It is essentially a way to build up your body’s natural resistance by introducing it to honey made from the pollen in your area. Kind of like an allergy shot, only sweeter.

Quercitin:

Quercitin is a bioflavonoid naturally derived from plants. It works by helping your body to produce less histamine. It can be found in many health food stores, and the recommended dosage for allergies is 1,000 mg per day, ideally starting about 6 weeks before the onset of allergy season. Note: If you have any health issues, please consult your doctor before using quercitin. It is not recommended for those with liver disease.

Stinging Nettle:

This is another supplement that can be found in most health food stores in capsule or tincture form. Stinging nettle can be helpful because it also works as a natural antihistamine, but without the unwanted side effects that many allergy drugs have. The recommended dosage for stinging nettle is 300 mg per day.

Shower:

The benefit of a good shower during allergy season is twofold. First, a steaming shower can provide temporary relief by soothing and moistening your sinuses. Second, a shower after spending time outdoors can help to remove allergens from you skin and hair and prevent them from spreading around your home. This is particularly recommended after you have spent any time gardening.

Do you have any natural allergy remedies that work for you? I would love to know.

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