Itchy and puffy eyes.
A mild sore throat with a ball of mucous that doesn't seem to go away. I know. YUCK!
Nasal congestion, constant sneezing, and maybe even sinusitis.
Itchy skin or dry bloody noses.
Spring is beautiful with all those flowery trees but man do allergies suck! It's like some joke nature plays on us. We've been stuck indoors during the long, dark days of winter and right when the weather turns nice and we get out in it, the pollen makes us feel sick. It forces many people to have to shut their windows instead of letting the cool breeze of spring blow through the house, take daily allergy medications that dry up your sinuses, and feel miserable.
There are many ways you can decrease that pesky allergic response and decrease the inflammation that histamines can cause.
Urtica dioica, Nettle
Nettle has been used to treat allergies, colds, and flus. It reduces the histamine response giving this plant "anti-allergic" properties.
It's rich in flavonoids like Quercetin, carotenoids like B-carotene, and vitamin C. These all common ingredients you will find a natural allergy supplement.
You can drink Nettle as a tea with local honey, as a tincture, or in a supplement.
As mentioned above, quercetin is a flavonoid that helps to decrease the histamine response. It may help to reduce many of the allergy symptoms people experience, like watery eyes, congestion, and even hives.
If you are taking a blood thinner, talk to your healthcare provider about the safety of quercetin.
Bromelain is consider an enzyme you get from eating pineapple and can help with digestion, decrease inflammation, provides sinus relief, and can decrease swelling in the nasal passages.
This is another ingredient, however, that can interact with blood thinners.
Euphrasia officinalis, Eyebright
The plant said to "cure all evils of the eye."
Like in it's name, this herb is used for when people's eyes are really impacted by allergies. It can help decrease itchiness, redness, and inflammation. Aside from eye symptoms, the ant-allergic properties of this plant can also help with sinus congestion, too.
You can always remember your good 'ol Vitamin C, too.
There are many other natural ways you can explore to decrease inflammation in your body overall, strengthen your immune system, and manage your seasonal allergies.
If you would like more help in exploring a natural approach to your allergies, you can schedule a Discovery Call to go over your goals, what you've already explored, and see how Dr. Lexi can help.