15 Sep

3 Tips For Coping With Fall Allergies

Fall should be a pleasant time to enjoy the cooler weather, but for people who suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s just a period of misery. It doesn’t help that common over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications have nasty side effects and leave you feeling even worse than you did to begin with. If you want real relief, you need to consider giving alternative and natural remedies a try.

Essential Oils

Essential oils contain potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body fight off the histamines that produce your allergic reactions! Lavender essential oil has a number of properties that can relieve your allergy symptoms, and the chemical constituents of Peppermint essential oil also have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that soothe respiratory reactions.

Lemon and Roman Chamomile are two other essential oils that will increase blood circulation, clear away congestion, and relieve irritation. Roman Chamomile is even safe enough to use on infants when diluted! Blend these in your diffuser or dilute them and dab them on your skin in order to enjoy their benefits.

Incorporate Supplements and Herbs

Quercetin and nettle leaf are two of the most popular supplements and herbs that can be used to naturally fight your allergy symptoms. Rather than just masking symptoms, they all work on a biological level to reverse allergy symptoms.

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes cells to prevent them from releasing the histamines. Since it’s also a potent antioxidant, it can reduce inflammation in a flash. It will work best if you begin taking it about two months before allergy season begins. Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that prevents the release of histamines in your system. Try nettle leaf tea each morning to keep your system in check.

Raw, Local Honey

If you can find honey that is local to your area and also raw (in other words, not processed at high temperatures), then you have found liquid gold. Eating local raw honey every day, either on a spoon or mixed into your tea, yogurt, or smoothie, will act like a natural immunization against the local pollen and allergens that cause your fall allergies.

For more help using natural and alternative treatments to improve your wellbeing, visit Kavita Rao M.D., Gulf Coast Internist today. Dr. Rao is committed to providing compassionate care as an internal medicine doctor in St. Petersburg, Florida. Call (727) 525-0900 to make your appointment.