March is here and, with it, a very early spring! While the warmth is nice after the winter months, it’s also encouraged some pollen-emitting plants to jump-start us into allergy season. That’s why we’re here today with some all-natural ways to help you stay ahead of the seasonal allergy game!
Honey has become a common preventative for allergies even though there isn’t much scientific evidence to back up that it helps. But with plenty of anecdotal evidence (and, come on, honey’s so tasty), it’s evident that there’s something to the golden nectar when it comes to allergies. It’s supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” by helping your body adapt to the allergens in your environment.
It’s recommended to start incorporating a spoonful of raw, unprocessed local honey into your daily routine about a month or so before you usually get allergies to help prevent them. If honey’s not cutting it for you, though, you can get actual bee pollen. You will need to start with the pollen about five months or so before your allergies typically start so keep that in mind if you want to go for this more intense option.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You know we at HealingRadius love apple cider vinegar! But did you know that ACV can also help with your allergies? Because it can! ACV is supposed to reduce mucous production and help cleanse the lymphatic system, both of which spell great things for those with springtime allergies.
When your allergies start to hit, mix a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered ACV with “The Mother” (very important – “The Mother” is the colony of beneficial bacteria present in some organic and unfiltered ACV brands) into a glass of water and drink. Do this three times a day for allergy relief!
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that has even been linked to arthritis relief and lowered blood pressure. Unfortunately, because it’s not the tastiest of herbs, leaves are usually dried and made into capsules, which is the easiest and most effective option for allergy relief.
But another, more fun and tasty way to get the benefits of nettle leaves is to make a peppermint tea with them! Just steep 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint (or ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint) and 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf (or ¼ cup chopped fresh nettle leaf) in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and add honey or lemon to taste; drink twice daily as needed for allergy relief.
Red Onion Water
Did you know that red onions contain a water-soluble chemical compound called quercetin? And did you also know that quercetin has been shown to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, essentially acting as a natural antihistamine? Even better: quercetin also inhibits inflammation and acts as a bronchodilator to open up airways and help you breathe easier.
To get these quercetin benefits, thinly slice one red onion and infuse it in 4 cups of water for 8-12 hours. This recipe keeps in the fridge for up to four days, so use it to drink 1-2 glasses a day for a few days. To help with the taste, stir in some organic, raw honey when you pour yourself a glass.
Neti Pot Saline Rinse
Sometimes allergies don’t respond well to preventative or herbal remedies. Sometimes, you just have to blast right through the source of your breathing problems. That’s where the Neti pot comes in: you use it with a sterile saline solution to flush your sinuses of allergens and irritants. We’ll be completely honest here: this can feel a little weird (the first time I tried, I was sure I was waterboarding myself). But you should always be able to breathe. If you’re having trouble or feel like you’re drowning, stop pouring and reposition your head before starting again.
To use a neti pot, you can either get a pre-made saline rinse or dissolve 1 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt into a quart of boiling distilled water. Cool the water completely and put in the Neti pot. Tilt your head to the side and align your nostrils so they’re stacked one on top of the other. Put the tip of the Neti pot in your top nostril, creating a seal, and slowly pour the solution in and let it drain out your other nostril.
What are some of your tried and true natural remedies for allergy relief? Tell us all about them in the comments below!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.