5 Natural Allergy Remedies Worth Trying This Spring Season

With nasal allergies alone affecting an estimated 50 million people in America, spring time pollen can seem like a nightmare instead of just a regular by-product of all the beautiful new growth. If you’re wary of taking medications or undergoing serious treatments, a simple and safe natural remedy is likely the best choice for treating your allergies. Try any one of these five options for the relief you need.

Exercise Routines

It sounds too good to be true, but 45 minutes on the treadmill 5 times a week could be all you need to reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms. Studies show that regular routines of moderate intensity exercise, which should be approved by your doctor first, can have a dramatic reduction in symptoms from the very first workout. It’s believed that a good sweat-inducing mix of cardiovascular and muscle building exercises triggers a natural antihistamine reaction in the body.

Neti Pot

When simple saline sprays stop relieving your stuffiness, sneezing, or itching sinuses, go a step further and irrigate with a neti pot. First developed in India as part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, these small teapot-like devices are filled with warm and sterile saline solution. You tilt your head and pour water into your sinuses through one nostril and it exits again through the other one. It can feel a little strange at first to flush water through this part of your nose and face, but all that irrigation removes irritants like pollen and dust without the need for any medications. Make sure to only use sterile bottled water or saline solution designed for the sinuses to avoid potential infections.

Acupuncture

No one really likes needles, but letting someone put a few in your face, hands, and feet could result in fewer allergy symptoms. In a German study, over 70% of patients being treated with acupuncture reported reduced or eliminated allergy symptoms after regular treatments.

Herbal Teas and Tinctures

There are many herbs, from goldenrod to Echinacea, recommended for reducing your reaction to spring and fall pollen. Many of them also address sensitivities to less seasonal triggers like dust, pet dander, and more. Work with both your doctor and an herbalist to try a simple routine of teas, tinctures, or encapsulated whole herbs that won’t negatively interact with any medications you take.

Spirulina

Finally, the powdered blue green algae known as spirulina is more than just a fancy additive for smoothies and protein drinks. Only a third of a teaspoon per day is needed to reduce congestion and sneezing related to seasonal allergies. Even if you hate the stuff, that small of an amount can be hidden in practically any food or drink.