5 natural ways to deal with seasonal allergies

Pollen

It’s spring, which means allergy season is in full swing. Sure, you can drown your sorrows in nasal spray and antihistamines, but there are other natural ways to get relief too.

1. Watch the pollen reports.
The best way to avoid a reaction is to stay away from triggers. So keep a close eye on the Pollen Report List to find out when it’s best to stay indoors.

2. Try a neti pot to clear away allergens you can’t avoid.

Instead of using a nasal spray to treat your sinus woes, avoid sinus flare-ups by rinsing away allergens with saltwater using a neti pot twice a day. These devices have long been trusted to rid nasal passages of pollen.

3. Build your resistance with honey.

Many allergy sufferers swear that eating unpasteurized locally made honey helps reduce irritation from allergens. Although there haven’t been studies done to back this up, the idea is that consuming pollen from some of the same plants that trigger reactions will help your immune system become accustomed to those allergens.

4. Take butterbur for relief.

Butterbur is a natural herb that, in clinical trials, has been shown to be about as effective as an antihistamine in controlling symptoms of allergies.

5. Get acupuncture to treat your immune system.

If all else fails, you might want to get the help of a professional. Some holistic medicine practitioners recommend acupuncture to target areas of the body that are connected to your overactive immune system. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that allergy sufferers who received acupuncture treatments saw more symptom relief that those who didn’t.

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