Hello Spring Allergies. Though Nature Brings Them On, She Also Offers Help. Here Are Some Natural Solutions

by | Apr 17, 2024

As allergy season blossoms (sorry! I couldn’t help myself), nature’s beauty can sometimes bring discomfort for many of us. But fear not, for there are natural allies in the quest for relief! Instead of just weathering the storm with tissues in hand, consider tapping into the power of naturopathic solutions to ease your allergies. 

Picture this: a symphony of herbs and botanicals working in harmony with your body to calm those histamine storms and soothe irritated sinuses. From nettle tea’s gentle embrace to the immune-boosting prowess of elderberry syrup, nature offers a cornucopia of remedies to help you thrive amidst the pollen-laden air.

But let’s not forget the importance of prevention! Building resilience from within can be your secret weapon. Nourish your body with wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods like vibrant fruits and veggies, omega-3-rich seeds, and gut-loving probiotics. And don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep and stress-relieving practices to keep your immune system in balance.

The interesting thing about this: allergies and the arsenal of remedies is that, though nature provides the trigger, she also offers several remedies. Embrace the wisdom of natural solutions and bid adieu to allergy woes, one sniffle at a time. Let’s dive deeper in several natural remedies:

Quercetin: Found in foods like onions, apples, and berries, quercetin is a flavonoid known for its anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Supplementing with quercetin can help alleviate allergy symptoms by stabilizing mast cells and reducing histamine release.

Butterbur: This herb has been used for centuries to treat allergies and migraines. Butterbur extract contains compounds that inhibit the production of leukotrienes, which are involved in allergic reactions. It’s particularly effective for relieving nasal symptoms like congestion and sneezing.

Local Honey: Consuming local honey is a popular folk remedy for allergies. The theory is that by ingesting small amounts of local pollen found in honey, you can gradually desensitize your body to allergens. While scientific evidence is limited, many people swear by this natural approach.

Probiotics: A healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system, and probiotics can help support gut health. Studies suggest that certain probiotic strains may reduce the severity of allergy symptoms by modulating the immune response and reducing inflammation.

Essential Oils: Peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil are just a few examples of essential oils with anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Diffusing these oils or adding them to a steam inhalation can help clear nasal passages and ease respiratory discomfort.

Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese medicine views allergies as an imbalance in the body’s energy flow. Acupuncture targets specific points to rebalance energy and alleviate symptoms. Some studies have shown promising results in reducing allergy severity and improving quality of life.

Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapple, has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce nasal swelling and improve breathing in people with allergies. Bromelain supplements are available and can be taken between meals for maximum absorption. Of course I like my pineapple blended up in a virgin Pina colada, but that’s another blog post.

Remember, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider, especially if you’re considering supplements or alternative treatments. They can help you develop a personalized plan tailored to your specific needs and health conditions. Make sure you look up a registered Naturopathic Doctor in your area. Get on your way to wellsville.

Yours in Health!!




Joy Maples Executive Director Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors

By: Joy Maples  |  Executive Director, CoAND

The Colorado Association of Naturuopathic Doctors exists to energize and uplift the profession of Naturopathic Medicine. We believe in the power of Naturopathic Medicine to impact the health of Coloradans. We desire a healthy Colorado and work toward public education about Naturopathic Medicine and access to Naturopathic medical care through our “FIND AN ND” search.