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4 Natural Treatments for Spring Allergies

4 Natural Treatments for Spring Allergies

 

Are you looking for a way to ease spring allergies without taking any antihistamines or  getting an allergy shot? Not all natural remedies have been shown to be  effective, but there are a few that are show promising results.

Neti Pot

Rinsing your nasal passage is a great way to relieve your allergy symptoms  that’s also inexpensive. It’s just important to use water that’s distilled and  sterile, so consider boiling the water and letting it cool in an airtight  container before use. You should also wash your neti pot after each use.

Butterbur and Spirulina

Preliminary studies have shown that butterbur extract and spirulina may help treat hay fever symptoms, so look for remedies that include  these ingredients. However, just because a supplement is natural doesn’t mean  it’s safe. If you’re taking any medications, it’s best to check with a doctor or  pharmacist about any potential contraindications before taking a herbal  supplement for allergies.

Local Raw Honey

There’s a commonly held hypothesis that the pollen content in local honey can  inoculate you against allergic rhinitis, however there isn’t really enough  evidence to prove or disprove this theory. One problem with this theory is that  honey may not include the specific pollen that affects you. On the other hand, raw honey has been shown to be as effective at soothing sore  throats as over-the-counter cough drops, so if allergies have you coughing you  may want to try a teaspoon.

Fish and Whole Vegetables

More and more research is showing the advantages of eating whole foods, so it’s no surprise that a  healthy diet may ease allergies. A study recently published in Pediatric Allergy  and Immunology found that children who eat a diet rich in fish and “fruity” vegetables are less likely to  suffer from allergies. Fruity vegetables have seeds and come from flowering  plants, such as zucchini, eggplant, green beans, butternut squash and  tomatoes.

By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com

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