Allergy Season Sneezin’!
Spring is here! Colorful flowers are blooming, new leaves are on the trees, lawns are being mowed with that sweet smell of fresh cut grass, the pollen count fills the air, AND…allergy sufferers will begin to sneeze and experience other seasonal allergy symptoms.
Over 40 million Americans are affected by “Allergy Season” during the spring and summer. Allergens such as pollen, grass, mold, and dust can cause allergic rhinitis or hay fever. When activated by exposure to allergens, tissue-damaging enzymes and histamine flood the system with symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, itching, headaches, fatigue, and runny nose. People with allergies also have a hypersensitive immune system. As the immune system misidentifies harmless substances as harmful, it will attack the substance with greater intensity than required.
Blame the Histamines
When it comes to allergic reactions, histamine is the main culprit. Histamines are neurotransmitters released during an allergic reaction, producing symptoms that become evident in the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and/or digestive tract. Controlling histamine production stops the inflammation and congestion of the sinus and nasal passages, as well as in the lungs, skin, and joints. It is the inflammation and mucous production from allergic reactions that are the cause of most ear, nose, and throat infections.
While most prescriptions and over-the-counter allergy medications are “anti” -histamines, these treatments merely cover up the histamines once they are released. Natural remedies work to stop histamines from being released in the first place. In this way, much of the allergic reaction can be circumvented and thus prevented.
Treat Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Naturally
There are many safe and effective natural remedies that can address seasonal allergy symptoms without the potential side effects from over-the -counter medicines, which can make you feel drowsy or jittery. Here are some suggestions;
1. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in the barks and rinds of most plants. Some of its most important food sources are in tea, onions, kale, endive, and apples. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-tumor properties. Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine and is non-toxic.
2. Aller-7 is a natural supplement which combines Quercetin with other natural allergy remedies, such as Vitamin C, MSM, Bromelain, Stinging Nettle, Feverfew, Turmeric, and Ginger.
3. Mullein is a herbal remedy, which opens sinuses to allow for free breathing, whether due to allergies or sinusitis. I prefer it in the liquid tincture with a dropper, taken orally, as needed.
4. Homeopathic Allergy Relief formulas are available from Hylands and Boiron brands.
5. Schweitzer Formula is a natural crystalline solution of zinc, boric acid, and salicylic acid that has been used safely and effectively for over 100 years. In the 1920’s it was used by physicians for eye, ear, nose, mouth, and throat infections. It works as a universal disinfectant, stopping unhealthy germs without damaging healthy cells, while strengthening the immune response.
My husband David has a real success story using Schweitzer Formula to eliminate his regular bouts of allergies, sinus infections, and sinus headaches. At the first sign of seasonal allergy symptoms, he would tilt his head back and squirt some Schweitzer up his nasal passages. Although he said it burned for a few seconds, it soon got rid of the sinus symptoms. In fact, he has not had allergies, sinus infections, or sinus headaches in years!
May you enjoy the natural beauty and fresh air of springtime with these natural remedies, and nip allergies in the bud!