Natural Remedies to Combat Seasonal Allergies
By Rachel Schwartzman
With the arrival of Spring, flowers are coming to life, trees are budding and people are suffering from allergy symptoms. This early part of Spring, with all its beauty brings a lot of suffering for those that are plagued with seasonal allergies. Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and congestion are just a few of the symptoms people complain of. So for today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I thought I would share with you some ideas on how to combat seasonal allergies with natural remedies.
Decrease dairy products. Dairy can contribute to congestion and inflammation, so minimizing or avoiding it during this time can be helpful. If you are worried about your calcium intake focus on calcium rich foods that are dairy free such as; almonds, dark green vegetables, sesame seeds, oranges, quinoa, black beans or figs.
Drink Nettle tea daily. This has to be one of my favorite herbs. It is effective in treating allergic rhinitis by reducing inflammation, relieving nearly all the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose. I steep a tea ball full in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drink once cooled. It also happens to be rich in minerals such as; iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and silica, making it an extremely nourishing plant.
Add Onions to your diet. Most people think of onions as that pesky food that irritates the eyes (which might be true), but they are also high in quercetin, a polyphenol compound that has anti-histamine properties, which in turn eases allergy symptoms such as sneezing and watery eyes. Other foods rich in quercetin are apples, olive oil, citrus and red wine.
Optimize Digestion. Our digestive system is connected to so many other aspects of our health, one of which is our immune system. Allergies are a sign of inflammation, and the root cause may be coming from the digestive system. Think about a probiotic daily to support your healthy bacteria and try to include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kefir and kombucha, as these also feed the healthy bacteria in the digestive system.
I hope these healthy tips help you survive the Spring weather so you can get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at rachelschwartzman.com