We've got plant and food suggestions to lessen congestion without the uncomfortable side effects.
Allergy season is forgotten about until we start seeing the first buds on the trees in spring. We’re so ready for warmer months, but many of us forget about the stuffy heads and congestion due to heightened pollen in the atmosphere.
For some people, allergy season is nearly as bad as having a terrible cold in the winter time. Trying to convince someone to try natural allergy relief methods is difficult when they can hardly breathe or open their watery eyes. Most want something so powerful that they see instant results. They want the best allergy medicine on the market, but the allergy medicine side effects can often cause additional problems.
Side Effects of Allergy Relief Medicines
- Cotton-dry tongues
- Low sex drive
- Heightened sense of smell
- High anxiety levels
- Clogged mentality
- Extreme drowsiness
- Irritated stomach
- Trouble getting pregnant
Instead of suffering under the spell of strong over-the-counter medications, try some of these natural allergy remedies for the season without any of the above side effects.
Natural Relief For Allergies
- Local honey: Being local, the bees make very specific honey catered to what’s growing most commonly in your neighborhood or state. Your environment’s honey makes you almost immune to common allergies in your area.
- Neti Pots: Structured just like a small pot with a spout, this is a mixed saline solution (warm water and salt) that you tip your head sideways and pour down one nostril, which travels through your canal and goes out your other nostril. This is a great option for those with constant stuffed-up sinus issues.
- Spirulina, Eyebright and Goldenseal: Anti-inflammatory supplements that help fight against membranes that become agitated due to seasonal allergies.
- Bromelain: This is an enzyme from pineapples that helps curb massive inflammation in the nasal areas to help make breathing easier. Asthma sufferers often use bromelain.
- Freeze-Dried Extract Stinging Nettle: This plant-extract is very similar to the power of anti-histamine, but doesn’t cause any drowsy or dry-throat side effects.
- Flavonoids (aka Quercetin): This plant pigment is the reason flowers, vegetables and fruit all have colors. The quercetin supplement helps tame mast cells from inflammation worsening. Some high flavonoid foods are berries, onions, tomatoes, and wine.
Hopefully one of these suggestions for relieving allergies provide some hope. Kick allergies in the butt this season!