Natural Remedies for Allergy Season
Spring has finally sprung, and as wonderful as that is...it also means pollen has, too. If you are allergy-prone or struggle during the spring season, have no fear: with targeted herbs and natural supplements, you can start enjoying spring...sneeze-free.
Why do we get allergies?
So what are allergies anyway? And why do only some people get them and not others? Allergies are, at the root of the problem, an underlying immune deficiency that causes a state of hyperactivity to foreign particles entering the body (i.e. freshly cut grass, cat hair, or the beloved pollen). This hyperactivity can stem from a host of factors, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, prolonged and chronic parasitic/bacterial/viral infections, depleted gut flora or a history of antibiotic use, and even emotional or psychological stress or trauma. Everything in the body is intricately connected, and when one system is out of balance, the body (in all of its immense, divinely-created wisdom!) will compensate by heightening the activity of one system to make up for the lack of another—a super important thing to remember when addressing allergies. Oftentimes the immune deficiency that is causing the allergy (allergies) is not, in fact, the true “root problem,” but actually just one of potentially many ways the body’s imbalance is shining through.
Considering this, it’s pretty clear why some of us have allergies and others don’t. Just like food allergies, the problem is not in the potential allergen itself—the problem is that potential allergen interacting with a hyperactive or hypersensitive system that does not possess the means to handle that compound, whether enzymatically or otherwise. And while it’s frustrating when you’re the one that DOES deal with allergies, this is actually good news. Why? Because there are countless things that can be done to support the body and work to replace the deficient nutrients and compounds, thereby reducing both the severity and prevalence of allergies.
A Holistic Approach to Allergy Treatment
Unlike allopathic medicine, holistic and functional medicine disciplines approach treatment of dis-ease by viewing the whole person, rather than treating the disease process or symptoms the same regardless of the individual biochemical differences in each person. In this light, treatment of all body imbalances (allergies included) truly require a comprehensive analysis for each individual so that the underlying root causes of their symptoms and sufferings can be identified and addressed, as those root causes will be different for everyone. If allergies are or have historically been a major problem for you or a family member, I highly recommend seeking out a qualified holistic health practitioner that can assist and guide you in getting to the root of your issues. True and lasting benefit will ONLY be obtained through a personalized, whole-person approach to healing. In the mean time, here are a few remedies you can utilize to help support your body’s immune system.
Probiotics (to support gut flora, which makes up 70% of our immune system)
Quercetin (a natural compound present in onions that is a potent antihistamine and anti-inflammatory)
Raw, local honey (traditional remedy that is highly effective for seasonal allergies. Ensure honey is LOCAL, within 50 miles from your home for best results)
Stinging nettle (contains quercetin, vitamin C, zinc, and numerous other nutrients for whole body support)
Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune supportive agent)
Ginkgo biloba (contains ginkgoglides that reduce inflammation and histamine reactions)
Coltsfoot (respiratory support)
Astragalus (powerful adaptogen that promotes homeostasis)
Reishi mushroom (adaptogen; strengthens and supports all body systems)
Thyme (antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory)
The best allergy remedy is going to be the one that is suited foe YOUR body and YOUR needs. That could be any combination of the aforementioned remedies...or one that isn’t even listed here! As stated earlier, the best approach is always working with a knowledgeable practitioner who can analyze and assess where imbalances may be in your body, and help you address them for long-term, lasting healing and health.