The warm weather is finally in full swing and here’s how I feel…
My neighborhood is different shades of gorgeous green and the flowers are blooming. While I’m sure we’re all excited about dining al fresco, rocking short sleeves, and sleeping with the windows open, for many of us that means a non-stop sneezing fest, watery eyes, and generally feeling gross.
Do newly green trees cause you to have a scratchy throat, a stuffy nose, and that awful “underwater” feeling?
Do allergy meds jazz you up as if you’ve just consumed five cups of coffee or even have the opposite effect, where you feel as if you’re on the brink of passing out?
Good news! You’ve come to the right place. I’m stoked to share my favorite tips for managing spring allergies naturally.
Read on to learn natural allergy busters found in food, herbs, and supplements. I’ll give you easy to incorporate tips, so that you can actually enjoy the season and ditch the tissues.
Let’s dive in.
Pineapple, Parsley, & Onions
These are all great to add to daily meals before or at the onset of allergy season, as they act as natural anti-histamines.
Pineapple contains bromelain, parsley has a flavonoid called apigenin, and onions are a great source of quercetin. This isn’t a science lesson, so in simplest terms, these all help the body fight off those nasty allergic reactions.
I eat pineapple straight out of the container, no fork necessary. Most grocery stores these days sell pre-cut fruit for busy people like us. I put pickled red onions on tacos, and eating tacos is a very important part of my existence! I love mixing parsley in pasta sauce or topping roasted veggies with parsley and olive oil. Try experimenting and see what your taste buds dig the most!
Ginger & Turmeric
Ginger and turmeric are powerful anti-inflammatory plants. They not only help ward off allergies, but also have major healing effects on the overall immune system. I recommend using these guys all year long.
I mix turmeric powder in curries, soups, and salad dressings. I love a fresh ginger shot if I’m feeling stuffed up, as I can feel instant relief. Again, play around with the different flavors!
Nettle, Apple Cider Vinegar, & Oil of Oregano
These are the heavy hitters, as they can help an allergic reaction while it’s happening. As always, if you are currently taking medication, please consult your physician or a medical practitioner when trying new supplements.
Nettle, or stinging nettle as it’s sometimes called, helps as both a preventative anti-inflammatory as well as a powerful force when allergies are heightened. I like to take a couple capsules daily with food throughout the entire allergy season.
Organic apple cider vinegar or ACV, contains raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria (yes, your body needs these). If you have my guide 5 Easy Ways To Be Healthy Now, you know that I recommend starting your day with water and lemon juice. For extra credit, add a tablespoon or two of ACV and get ready to feel your sinuses clear up!
Oil of oregano is in the “break glass in an emergency” category. In other words, do not take this daily and reserve only for serious allergy attacks. A few drops in water or even on the tongue can help knock out those terrible hay fever symptoms. Because of its intensity, make sure to take a daily probiotic if you are using oil of oregano.
When selecting natural allergy busters, the most important thing is to listen to your body, since there isn’t a one-size-fits-all wellness solution. Find what feels right for YOU!
I’m excited to hear your feedback and success stories!