It is so exciting that spring is here! We get to look forward to so many wonderful things; longer days, beautiful flowers, and warmer weather! What is not super exciting is the amount of pollen and irritants that have exploded in our faces practically overnight. If you’re like me and live in an area that hasn’t seen a real winter in awhile, you know all too well that that means the pollen coat is off the charts and everyone is sneezing their faces off. My poor husband looks like Rudolph in April, but he refuses to take any allergy medicines because of how they make him feel. I am 100% with him on that. They leave you feeling foggy, tired, and all dried up, which is not what you want when you’re trying to enjoy this beautiful weather. So what’s the alternative? Well, in my house, we stock a number of all natural allergy busters to help us get through that mating-of-the-flowers season.
This stuff is amazing, it is one of my favorite go to allergy relief supplements. It is completely all natural and is used as food for young bees in the hive. It is essentially pollen that has been collected and moistened with honey from the beehive. It is about 40% protein and contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and is an antioxidant. It also helps to detox the liver and contains high amounts of vitamin C and magnesium. When you buy local bee pollen, it can really help with your allergies because you’re basically introducing your body to all the pollen that is in the air around you. Except, instead of breathing it in, you’re ingesting it. This will help you build up an immunity to the plants in your environment. Essentially, bee pollen reduces the histamine response in the body because it is allowing your body to become more familiar with the pollen in your area.
Remedy: Add 1-2 teaspoons of bee pollen to your tea, smoothie, juice, or yogurt in the morning and again at night if your allergies are really bad. Continue until your allergies subside.
Just like bee pollen, local honey contains a lot of pollen from your area. It is basically immunotherapy, which is introducing your body to the irritant in a different or milder form in hopes that the irritant will become less sensitive over time. That is what raw local honey can be for your allergies. You will be ingesting the pollen from your area over time in the honey and hopefully become less sensitive to it during allergy season. Honey also contains antioxidants; it is great to put on wounds, dry skin, and ulcers because it has healing powers; and, it is a natural cough syrup and can help you sleep.
Remedy: Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey to your tea, smoothie, juice, or yogurt in the morning or at night or both until your allergies subside.
When bought with the “mother,” bacterial culture that ferments the apple juice, it contains a bunch of good gut bacteria that can help fight allergies. Apple cider vinegar also reduces inflammation and helps keep mucus levels down in the body. It also has been shown to help clear out the lymph system, which can reduce sinus pressure.
Remedy: Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, tea, smoothie, or green juice daily.
You know how some people can grow out of allergies and some people can grow into them. I believe, and some other people have it also, that it could be related to the health of your gut. When your body contains a lot of inflammation, allergies (food and environment), and is experiencing digestive problems, this could mean you have leaky gut. Your body can be more reactive to things when your gut isn’t healthy. Usually, this means you contain a lot of bad bacteria that feeds off of sugars and yeasts. Also, it could mean that you’re eating something to which you’re allergic. Using probiotics can help alleviate the symptoms and begin the healing process. Some of the best sources for probiotics are locally sourced yogurt and kefir, fermented foods, kombucha, and breast milk.
Remedy: Start incorporating more probiotics into your diet.
Many scents have healing properties and can help prevent or relieve allergies. Many of them have been used for thousands of year to help allergy sufferers. Most of them work by boosting the immune system or opening up the sinuses to get better lymph drainage. Just a few to add into your routine if you think it is going to be a high pollen count kind of day: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, and Lemon Oil.
Remedy: Using 1-2 drops on your finger and place oil behind ears, on the nostril edges or at the temples. Be careful not to use too much or if you are sensitive mix the oils in a little bit of water before applying.
Dairy causes our body to produce mucus and so do allergies. So when your allergies flare, it might be time to cut out some or all of your dairy products, just until your symptoms subside. This can make a world of difference in your quality of life during allergy season. This is also a great opportunity to try to find substitutes you like. There are plenty of dairy-free products out there that can help ease your cravings while you’re waiting for the pollen count to go down.
Another thing you can do is to limit the amount of sugar you’re ingesting because sugar causes inflammation and that is already a problem for you allergy sufferers. When pollen enters your system, it can cause a lot of inflammation. The next thing you know, you’re congested and getting headaches. So they best thing you can do is limit your sugar, dairy, and then hydrate like you have never hydrated before.
So to recap: we love spring but we wish that pollen didn’t have to be a thing to be handled in order for us to be able to survive. Because we do need the plant cycle to live, we can try some of these remedies to help us make it to summer. Let’s getting away from all the crazy over-the-counter stuff and try something a little closer to mother nature because, at this point, she broke your nose and so she should have to fix it.