Seasonal Allergy Remedies

 

Sneezing, congestion, runny noses and itchy eyes are just a few of the symptoms I see as a Naturopathic Doctor during the Springtime. Over-the-counter allergy medications may work for some individuals, but more people are finding that they stop working after a period of time, or come with unwanted side effects like drowsiness.  

My patients often ask about natural options to help calm their allergy symptoms. Keep reading to learn about my top 5 natural remedies for seasonal allergies!  

 

Seasonal Allergy Remedies 

1) Vitamin C 

This essential, water-soluble nutrient offers immune support as well as allergy support. Studies have found that vitamin C can help to lower levels of histamines – compounds in the body that get released after exposure to an allergen (ex. pollen, pet dander, dust) and cause swelling, inflammation and itching (1).  

Our Tru-C gummies offer an easy and delicious way to get your daily dose of this important vitamin!  

 

2) Quercetin 

Quercetin is a flavonoid – a type of plant chemical – that's found naturally in onions, apples, berries and teas. Research has shown that quercetin may stabilize the cells that release histamine, resulting in lower levels of circulating histamines and allergy symptoms (2).  

 

3) Nettle 

Nettle – also known as “Stinging Nettle”- is a prickly plant that’s been studied for its ability to improve sinus symptoms related to seasonal allergies. Research has shown that stinging nettle extract can lower markers of inflammation associated with allergic rhinitis and hay fever (3).  

 

4) Turmeric 

The root of this plant has been used for hundreds of years to help with pain, inflammation and brain function. More research has focused on turmeric’s ability to help balance the expression of certain immune and inflammatory markers that are associated with allergies (4). 

For those who want to bring more turmeric into their lives, our Tru-Turmeric+ gummies offer a healthy dose in each yummy, peach-flavored gummy 

 

5) Neti Pot  

Neti is a practice that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help clean out allergens from the sinuses. It’s done by filling a Neti pot with distilled warm salt water, tipping your head to the side and pouring that water into one nostril so that it can rinse through the sinuses and come out of the other nostril. It’s a little strange at first, but it can be a game changer when it comes to relieving allergy symptoms! Even celebrities like Dr. Oz and Oprah have touted the benefits of using a Neti pot.  

This practice and with other types of nasal irrigation have been found to help clear out mucus, pollen, dust and other inhaled allergens (5).   

 

Take-Home Points 

There are many natural and well-researched options to help with pesky seasonal allergy symptoms. I always recommend working with a healthcare practitioner to understand the underlying causes of your allergy symptoms and determine which options are right for you.  

What’s your favorite seasonal allergy remedy? Let us know on Instagram @livetrulyfe! 

 

References:  

1) Carr A, et al. Nutrients. 2017 Nov; 9(11): 1211. DOI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707683/ 

2) Otsuka H, et al. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1995 Oct; 96(4):528-36.  DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7560665/  

3) Roschek B, et al. Phytotherapy Research. 2009 July; 23(7):920-6. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19140159/  

4) Jagetia G, et al. Journal of Clinical Immunology. 2007 Jan; 27(1):19-35. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17211725/  

5) S. Meera, et al. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2020 Apr-June; 11(2): 185-189. DOI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7329727/