Reviewed by Lisa Blohm, PhD, MSN, RN
This year, it felt like spring took longer than ever to arrive. But for some of us, warm weather brings with it a host of far less pleasant signs as well: runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, clogged sinuses, scratchy throats, and aching heads. All those beautiful blooming trees and flowers are causing some serious spring allergies and inflammation.
Before you go racing to your medicine cabinet to grab your anti-mucosals, antihistamines, eye drops, and mountains of tissues, hold up. You may be able to get that immune system and inflammation to chill out without resorting to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.
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Natural Allergy Alternatives to the Pharmaceuticals
Antihistamines can be hugely helpful — even life-saving. But regular use of these pharmaceuticals is anything but ideal. Most antihistamines come with a list of side effects as long as your arm and many of those side effects, ironically, are the very symptoms that they’re working to remove!
Some frequent side effects of common allergy medications include:
- Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
- Weakness, tremors, or sleep problems
- Severe restless feeling, hyperactivity
- Problems with vision
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
Additionally, allergy medications can’t target all of the pesky symptoms common to seasonal allergies, such as a runny nose, clogged sinuses, itching eyes, hives, rashes, and more. So, many people are forced to take multiple types of antihistamines and decongestants in order to relieve all of their worst symptoms.
One of the most common and frustrating side effects of allergy medications is drowsiness. Most of us have busy lives, full-time jobs, and kids running around, so being drowsy all day is not an option.
So, what’s our trick for natural allergy relief? You guessed it. Supplements! These are non-habit forming, won’t make you sleepy, and will help your body overcome allergies holistically, instead of merely masking symptoms.
So, here’s your line-up for a sneeze-free spring.
Curamin is one of our absolute favorite products for reducing inflammation and supporting the overall health of the body. Curamin’s anti-inflammatory powers help reduce eye redness and irritation, ease swollen nasal passages, and lower histamine levels by reducing overall inflammation in the body.
While individual responses vary, most people notice an improvement in their symptoms within the first 24 hours of taking high doses of Curamin. This supplement is non-habit forming, and the massive amount of nutrients in it helps your body heal and become more resistant to allergy triggers.
- Pain relief
- Eases both acute and chronic allergy discomfort
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is becoming well-recognized for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. So, it comes as no surprise that this oil can help with the inflammation related to allergies too!
Research is showing that CBD oil may prevent mast cells from releasing histamines. Histamines are produced by inflammation and allergic reactions, and are the cause of those seasonal symptoms you know so well; sneezing, coughing, itching eyes, etc. By preventing the histamine response, CBD oil can significantly cut down on symptoms.
Other cool benefits of CBD oil for allergies include; reduced inflammation, pain relief, cleared sinus passageways, reduced nasal pressure, lowered anxiety and stress, and better sleep.
- Lower the production of histamines from mast cells for general symptom relief
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Promotes better sleep
Allurtica is an immune-supporting blend of natural flavonoids, antioxidants, and herbs that gives a powerful boost of seasonal support. It promotes healthy sinus passages and soothes respiratory irritation, clearing mucus from the lungs and nasal passages for easy breathing, and better sleep. It also supports healthy levels of histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins — all key factors in allergy discomfort.
I use this product every spring and can personally say its impact on my seasonal allergies is HUGE. I struggle most with clogged sinuses and burning, itchy eyes. Allurtica helps to lessen those symptoms significantly!
- Reduces mucus
- Immune system support
- Balances histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins
Controlling Allergies Through Lifestyle
Another way to control seasonal allergies is through your diet and lifestyle. Before you run away clutching your candy and carbs, hear us out.
Supporting your immune system and using food to limit the amount of inflammation in your body can be quite helpful for reducing seasonal allergies. Some types of foods trigger or contribute to inflammation in your body as a whole.
A few of the worst offenders include;
- processed foods
- white flour
- refined sugars
- saturated fats
- most forms of dairy
This list looks intimidating, but swapping out inflammatory foods with healthier alternatives isn’t nearly as hard as you’d think.
- Cut back on foods sweetened with sugar and corn syrups and reach for fresh fruits instead. It’s spring after all — after months of citrus fruits, you’re about to be enjoying an abundance of berries and early summer produce!
- Rather than purchasing processed foods, such as prepackaged meals, canned soups, and frozen pizzas, opt for simple made-from-scratch meals that feature more veggies.
- Instead of buying white bread, stop by your local bakery for a delicious, fresh loaf of whole wheat sourdough, rye, and other options.
- Scrap the soda and enjoy sparkling water with lemon and honey.
The world won’t change overnight, and neither will your diet. But even just a few changes can make a big difference.
Additional Natural Allergy Relief Options
Get Plenty of Sleep.
Sometimes, the best way to get better is to just go to bed. Getting lots of deep sleep will help your body stay healthy and naturally relieve inflammation. Ideally, sleep in a closed bedroom with an air purifier. The air purifier will help keep the air clean, protecting your worn-out body from being exposed to more allergens while you sleep, giving you time to heal.
Give yourself a break.
Spring is often the season of go-go-go. School is wrapping up, we’re jumping back into gardening and lawn care, and prepping for the summer. If you’re struggling with spring allergies, give yourself the grace to take some time to rest and relax. If you’re always running around, forgetting to care for yourself, and exposing yourself to various allergens, your body can get worn down quickly. You may find that you are more vulnerable to viruses and worsened allergy symptoms.
Find Natural Allergy Relief Options at Apple Wellness
We’re here to help you find your healthy place this spring. This beautiful season shouldn’t be spent indoors, feeling miserable and exhausted. Our team of Wellness Consultants can help you get back outside to enjoy warm, sunny days. Just stop in one of our store locations, or give us a call.