Spring is a notorious time for seasonal allergies to wreak havoc on our sinuses, but fall can also trigger a seasonal/environmental allergy flare-up. Maybe you’re a die-hard, over-the-counter medicine consumer wanting to try a home remedy this season or maybe you’ve just been trying to suck it up and endure the discomfort and you’re ready for some relief.
Allergies are an immune response to a substance (pollen, mold, dander, dust, etc.) that the body perceives as threatening, whether it truly is dangerous or not. Each person has different triggers and various degrees of symptoms, but most people experience sinus congestion and discomfort (known as hay fever) including sneezing, a runny/stuffy nose, and headaches.
Here are some natural remedies you can try this fall!
Back to the Basics
Hydration is important for every element of health but drinking more water will specifically help thin the mucus build-up caused by allergic responses which can help relieve sinus symptoms.
Nutrition is key, too! Eating less of the foods that tax our immune systems (alcohol, caffeine, dairy, sugar, wheat, red meat) and eating more of the foods that help our immune systems fight well (dark green veggies, onions, garlic, beets, cabbage) can make a difference!
Supplement with Supplements
In addition to drinking more water and eating well, taking high-quality multivitamins, probiotics, Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, are great ways to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to tolerate pathogens better. You can also try bioflavonoids or combination products (vitamins and bioflavonoids together) for some powerful symptom relief.
Stinging nettle and milk thistle are widely recommended for their antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Milk thistle also helps cleanse the liver, which can help the liver process toxins (including allergy-triggering substances) more efficiently. Other helpful herbs include yarrow, gingko, eyebright, and dong quai.
While it may seem counterintuitive, homeopathic pellets or drops introduce a very small amount of a substance that is bothering the patient into the bloodstream so that the body responds and addresses the allergy. There are many homeopathic options for allergy relief, but conducting more in-depth research or consulting a professional would be wise to determine which one is right for you.
Many sources listed acupuncture as one natural remedy that may help relieve sinus pressure and other symptoms caused by seasonal allergies.
Essential oils may be more than a health fad. According to Medical News Today, there are multiple essential oils that may be effective for relieving allergy symptoms. Make sure that the company you purchase essential oils from has the highest quality standards and that the oils do not contain any added fillers.
As always, make sure you are getting enough rest so that your immune system doesn’t have the added burden of stress and sleep deficits.
The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine
After Dr. LaCava found that many patients’ diseases and symptoms were not fully addressed by traditional medicine, he went on to try many alternative and integrative methods to help his patients reach a full recovery. Today, the LaCava Center exists to help patients through a holistic approach. If you are experiencing acute allergy symptoms and would like us to help you not only temporarily relieve your symptoms, but address the cause of your allergies, we would be more than happy to help. Schedule a free consultation today!