Although there is still Winter weather throughout much of the country, today is the first day of Spring and in some areas those pesky seasonal allergies have already begun.  Pollen and mold can leave you sneezing, stuffy, and itchy which all make for a miserable time.  While there are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter remedies you might want to opt for a more “natural” way to battle the misery.

Here are some options that might work well to provide you with some relief:

Probiotics: They can help balance and boost your immune system to better tackle allergy triggers without the overreaction and annoying symptoms.  Both foods and supplements work.

Nettle Leaf: It can help naturally block your body’s ability to produce histamine, which is the “allergic response” compound of the immune system.  It’s best to steep whole nettle leaves along with some peppermint leaves and a small amount of honey to make an herbal tea for this tasty and beneficial remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It can help reduce mucus production and cleanse the lymphatic system.

Take 1 tablespoon straight 2-3 times a day OR place it into a cup of hot water with a bit of honey.

Neti Pot & Saline Rinse: The Neti Pot flushes out the nasal passages and the saline rinse is also a flush…if a Neti Pot isn’t for you.

Local (raw) Honey: This isn’t immediate relief but having a tablespoon (or two) of local honey can naturally reduce your allergy symptoms over time.  Start doing this when symptoms first occur to allow your immune system to acclimate to the local flora and reduce the allergic response.

Dietary & Lifestyle Changes: Sometimes what you eat can exacerbate seasonal allergy symptoms.  Avoid (of course) foods you know cause you “issues”, and be sure to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.  Also, drink plenty of water and get a good nights’ sleep.

Acupuncture & Massage: It can treat a wide variety of health issues as well as naturally reducing allergy symptoms.  Even getting a massage can “calm down” the immune systems’ response to allergic reactions by relaxing your body and mind.

Whatever relief you choose just remember to always give your body proper rest, hydration, and nutrition so it can take the best possible care of you!