April showers bring May flowers, but for seasonal allergy sufferers they can also bring an onslaught of itchy eyes, runny noses and uncontrollable sneezing. While over-the-counter and prescription medications can be very effective, there are also many natural remedies that can help boost immunity and reduce inflammation and the severity of symptoms.
Local Honey and Bee Pollen
Consuming regular, small amounts of local honey or bee pollen before the start of allergy season has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms. The key word is Local. Local honey will proved the best immunity for local pollen.
Stinging Nettle Leaf
Stinging nettle is a natural antihistamine that blocks the body's ability to produce histamine which is produced in response to allergens. Stinging nettle leaf can be found at health food stores in the forms of tea, capsules or tinctures.
Quercetin, found naturally in red onions, cruciferous veggies and citrus fruits, is a bioflavonoid that helps stabilize the release of histamine. It is also a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation and act as a bronchodilator, opening airways and allowing for easier breathing.
Bromelain is an enzyme naturally found in pineapple. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing nasal swelling and thinning of mucous.
Frankincense can stimulate the body's immune system and Eucalyptus can be effective in opening up airways as well as killing house mites.
Lymphatic massages can stimulate lymph flow and promotes drainage along with boosting the immune system.
I hope these tips have been helpful.
Dr. Kevy Smith