Every year an estimated 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. For many, spring and fall are miserable seasons, with blooming trees setting off many people’s allergies in the spring. But in the fall, it’s the ragweed and outdoor mold that can run rampant. Both seasons bring about sinus pain, sneezing, itchy eyes, and chapped nostrils to many individuals. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, these symptoms usually last until the first freeze of the season.
We recently went over the ways to ward off seasonal allergies, but even with the best intentions for prevention, allergies can still put a damper on your day. Even though over-the-counter antihistamines work for many, they can come with unwanted side effects. If you want to avoid the side effects of your allergy medication, check out some of the natural ways to beat allergies.
1. Ingest foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have an amazing ability to fight inflammation from allergies. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in eggs, tuna, mackerel, salmon, milk, yogurt, natto, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts.
2. Add some spice to your life! Eating foods that have a spicy kick have an amazing ability to clear the sinuses. So the next time you have congestion and sinus pain from elevated pollen counts, eat foods that come with a naturally spicy kick. We recommend trying hot mustard, horseradish, jalapenos, or chili peppers. However, use caution with this method if you suffer from stomach ailments and start off small.
3. Eat local honey. Ingesting honey from your area can help your body become “immune” to the local pollen. By doing this, over time your body may become less sensitive to your local allergens. If you want to give this delicious trick a try, make sure you add one to three teaspoons of locally produced raw honey into your daily diet.
4. Take the antioxidant, quercetin. You can find quercetin pills or get it naturally, from fruits and vegetables. Quercetin acts like an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce irritation and itching. Some of the fruits and vegetables that contain quercetin include peppers, onions, apples, tomatoes, red wine, blackberries, blueberries, bilberries, spinach, kale, and broccoli.
5. Take some stinging nettle, 600 to 1,200 mg of dried extract to be exact. This herb is a natural antihistamine and can help with the sneezing and sniffles of fall allergies. Stinging nettle has a long medicinal history and has been used for centuries to help treat allergy symptoms. You can use the dried herb to brew in tea, or you can take it in capsule form.