by Matt Hansen
Spring is in bloom and allergies are in full swing. Holistic remedies for allergy relief are some of the most powerful allies you can have to continue enjoying the great outdoors. Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis) is a seasonal allergy caused by airborne mold spores or pollen from grass, trees, and weeds. The body’s immune system becomes sensitized to these things in its environment causing symptoms such runny nose, stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion, and itchy eyes, mouth, or skin.
To manage these symptoms, avoid triggers by changing your home and behavior; keep windows closed to keep pollen out, wear glasses or sunglasses outside to protect eyes from irritation, use mite-proof bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, get a dehumidifier to control mold, and wash hands after petting animals.
Bees pick up different pollen from each plant they land on and take it with them back to the nest when they go to make honey. Consuming raw honey boosts your immunity to allergy symptoms by exposing yourself to small amounts of bee pollen from each of those plants. Look for locally sourced honey at a farmer’s market to insure your exposure to the local plant pollens.
A serious symptom of allergies is the closing or blockage of airways which leads to coughing and breathing difficulties. Airways close in this way due the inflammation. CBD can help to relieve pressure in nasal cavities and guard against nasal congestion. It does this by regulating the behavior and production of white blood cells. This activates immune system receptors that will then release fewer harmful agents called cytokines, which are pro-inflammatory mediators. CBD oils in particular are great for reducing inflammation in the airways and releasing nasal pressure. A great source for all sorts of CBD oils and extracts is Elevatehemp.com.
Probiotic Rich Foods
These types of foods support the healing of leaky with is an intestinal condition that effects the immune system. The intestines can become damaged to the point where they become permeable to different types of bacteria and toxins. Probiotic Rich foods help repair damaged intestinal lining. These foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, raw cheese, miso and kombucha. Bone broth from beef or chicken stock are also rich in minerals and amino acids that support intestine health.
Anti-Inflammatory, Alkaline Diet
Alkaline Foods contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that aid in detoxification and help reduce inflammation. This can help reduce the risk of serious allergy symptoms. These foods include garlic, which is a natural antibiotic, lemons which contain immune boosting vitamin C, and green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine, arugula, and watercress.
Essential oil has a detox effect that helps the body eliminate harmful bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and toxins that can trigger an allergy attack. Eucalyptus in particular is known to be the most potent essential oil in killing dust mites. Use eucalyptus oil in a neti-pot, inhale it through a diffuser, or use it in laundry detergent as antimicrobial agent (25 drops per wash). You can also mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub the mixture on the chest or behind the ears.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid which means that it stabilizes and releases histamines to naturally control allergy symptoms. It also helps maximize the benefits of Vitamin C by inhibiting its breakdown in the body. Bioflavonoids are also known as Vitamin P. This is a family of over 5,000 hydroxylated polyphenolic compounds that support key functions in plants such as attracting pollinating insects, fighting environmental stresses and modulating cell growth. When humans consume plants that are rich in vitamin P, they can expect benefits such as anti-inflammation, anti-thrombogenic (blood clot), antidiabetic, anti-cancer. This is naturally found in plant foods such as cruciferous veggies (like broccoli and cauliflower) onions and shallots, green tea and citrus fruits.
Holistic remedies are easy to incorporate into your diet and nutrition routine. Enjoy spring to the fullest and don’t let seasonal allergies get in your way.