Sniffle, sniffle, sneeze - Natural Treatment for Your Allergies!

Yes, spring is arriv­ing, and how do I know? Itchy, watery eyes with a very runny nose and feel­ing exhausted = des­per­ate need for nat­ur­al allergy treat­ments ASAP. Anyone else? natural treatment for allergy

Most allergy suf­fer­ers know what hap­pen to their body dur­ing allergy sea­son, but let’s review:

  1. We inhale/​ingest (eat)/touch some­thing that our body sees as for­eign, or some­thing to be “attacked” (our aller­gen).
  2. The mes­sage is taken to cells in our body, and anti­bod­ies are pro­duced against this offend­ing mater­i­al
  3. The anti­bod­ies bind to mast cells con­tain­ing histam­ine
  4. Histamine is released which encour­ages blood flow and cir­cu­la­tion
  5. Our body attempts to elim­in­ate the offend­ing mater­i­al by increas­ing mucous pro­duc­tion, flu­id excre­tion, increas­ing cir­cu­la­tion to the area…and cre­at­ing gen­er­al misery :)

Supporting the allergy response, naturally

Rather than tak­ing anti­histam­ines, I choose to use more nat­ur­al sup­ports when I can. Why? Unless we have an intense aller­gic reac­tion, these nat­ur­al allergy treat­ments can take the place of anti­histam­ines nicely.

Treating Allergy Symptoms Naturally

Quercetin: An ingredi­ent found in the bark of the Phellodendron tree, as well as fruits and veg­gies (includ­ing apples), quer­cet­in acts like an anti­histam­ine and pre­vents the release of histam­ine. It has a slightly slower response but works just like an anti­histam­ine. Bonus? This nutri­ent is anti­in­flam­mat­ory and repairs dam­aged DNA. Spiderman would have really appre­ci­ated repaired DNA

Eyebright: Decreases water­ing of the eyes and the tick­ling feel­ing inside the nose, includ­ing slow­ing your runny nose.

Rosa can­ina: This herb reduces sinus con­ges­tion and over­all water reten­tion in the head and neck.

Supporting Immune Health during Allergy Season

When the aller­gic response is act­ive, the body gets tired.

Ashwagandha (Withania som­ni­fera), Holy basil, and Astragalus are three of sev­er­al dozen herbs that have the abil­ity to sup­port the immune response and calm­ing the body.

Preventing Allergic Responses Next Allergy Season

There are ways to pre­vent the grief of the fol­low­ing allergy sea­son. Remember allergy shots? Pollenguard is a new meth­od of small doses of aller­gen to decrease symp­toms before the sea­son begins, but no shots required!

If you have ques­tions or you just can’t handle the sniffles any longer, drop by your neigh­bour­hood natur­o­path­ic doc­tor and get some relief!

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