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Red itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing and sneezing……Is this  happening to you and/or your loved ones?

Allergies do not just show up with foods and the onset of Spring  will bring airborne allergens called Spring Allergies.

We are now enjoying our (later than usual) spring and the last thing we want is to be held back by spring allergies!

Our family suffers from spring allergies that range from moderate to intense reactions. There are a number of tried

and tested remedies to take on the allergy-causing particles in the air from the grass, plants and trees that surround

us.  We have all heard of these remedies ranging from antihistamines to decongestants. It’s just not fun when you have

to continually explain that the sneezing and runny nose is not a cold or a flu and declare “don’t worry, it’s just my allergies”.

The symptoms can be especially difficult for  children who want to be outdoors playing,  going to the park and participating

in outdoor sports/teams.

Alternately, here are some natural remedies listed below that may help to battle spring allergens.Thanks to webmd.com                                       for their input.

 

Top Ten Tips – Natural* Remedies for Spring Allergies:

1. Butterbur is an herb (comes from a European shrub) that has shown potential for relief from seasonal allergies.                                                        The butterbur extract called Ze399 has been shown to reduce symptoms as effectively as over-the-counter and                                                          prescription drugs such as Allegra and Zyrtec.

2. Quercetin is a flavonoid found naturally in onions, apples and black tea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that                                                          have been shown to block histimines. Perhaps more of these in your diet during the spring season might provide                                                          that extra boost to ward off stuffiness and sneezing.

3. Stinging nettle comes from the roots and leaves of the stinging nettle plant (Urtica diocia) in newer and has been                                                           used by some in a freeze-dried stinging nettle leaves form to treat allergy symptoms. There has not been much                                                               research to date on this potential remedy.

4. Nasal irrigation is a simple process that uses a combination of warm water, a quarter- teaspoon of salt and a                                                                  quarter-teaspoon of baking soda may assist in clearing  out mucus and opening the nasal passages. You can use                                                              this method by way of a squeeze bottle or a neti-pot (a device that looks like a small teapot).

5. Acupuncture has it’s fans who support it as allergy remedy, yet studies on the subject have been mixed. Researchers                                                    advocate a large clinical trial for a better understanding of the merits of acupuncture to fight spring allergies.

6. Immunotherapy for allergies,  also commonly known as “allergy shots” involves exposure of the allergen in                                                                  small amounts to the immune system. Continuing with larger amounts of the allergen over  time, will serve to teach                                                    the body to not see the allergen as as foreign invader and develop a tolerance to it.

7.  Keeping Yourself  Clean  is a preventive and for some an effective way to deal with the spring season allergens. Start                                                   with increasing your showers and most importantly having your shower at the end of the day, when allergens may be                                                 present on the body and hair. Cleaning clothes more frequently will also help to keep allergens at bay.

8. Keeping your Surroundings Clean  can be accomplished by keeping windows and doors closed, more frequent                                                              vacuuming and dusting of shelves and bookcases where pollen can collect.

9. Avoid outdoors during high pollen levels is best to minimize your allergy reactions. If possible, stay indoors when                                                             it is high, especially in the mornings when pollen counts peak.

10. Air Purifier /air conditioning are also good defenses to minimize air borne allergy particles.

 

While the above is not guaranteed to eliminate spring allergy symptoms, it is a natural way to minimize the debilitating

effects of spring time allergies. Our family benefits from practicing the “clean routine” both personally and with our

surroundings. We can benefit from natural solutions and use over-the-counter remedies as needed. The  spring is a

wonderful time of renewal and growth. The natural remedies offered can help to make this time a  healthy and

active one for all ages!

  * Any use of natural remedies that include herbs and plants should be confirmed with a medical doctor to ensure there                                                  is no interference with prescribed medications.