Now that spring is here, many people are soaking up the much-anticipated warm weather and the sunshine. While it’s nice to spend time outdoors, for those who suffer from spring allergies, springtime is another season to be stuck inside the house despite the milder temperatures. This time of year is a difficult season for people who suffer allergies.
Many over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to help alleviate the symptoms and discomfort associated with seasonal allergens. But for those who are looking for more natural remedies, these might help relieve your symptoms:
Peppermint is a plant that has been shown for centuries to have many health benefits. While we often think of candy, peppermint can also be made into a tea, oral supplement, or essential oil. This flavorful perennial helps various digestive, intestinal, morning sickness, or sinus issues. For those suffering from adverse reactions to organisms, drinking peppermint tea will help relieve sinus congestion and other unpleasant side effects. You can also fight allergies by placing the oil in a neti pot or diffuser.
2. Bee Pollen (Raw Honey)
For some, taking a small amount of bee pollen or raw honey every day builds a tolerance to the pollens that cause irritation. This theory has been successful with many individuals who react adversely to pollens because they find that gradual exposure strengthens the immune system so the allergies disappear.
3. Essential Oils
Many essential oils like frankincense or eucalyptus have been scientifically proven to kill many microorganisms and toxins that cause irritations. The oils are also beneficial for boosting the body’s natural immunity. These environmentally friendly products are very versatile; they can be added to your laundry, or rubbed under your nose, on your chest, and behind your ears. They can also be used in a diffuser or neti pot.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits including boosting immunity and clearing allergic symptoms such as nasal congestion. The vinegar can be added to your water, placed in your neti pot, or taken on its own.
We are starting to understand just how important gastrointestinal health is for total health. The natural bacteria in the intestinal tract is needed to properly break down food and absorb their nutrients. Diet and lifestyle have interfered with our body’s digestive system, stripping away the good bacteria from the inner lining of our intestines. This hampers our body’s natural ability to boost immunity and fight exposure to irritating organisms.
More research has also shown a strong link between probiotics and the allergy suppressing qualities naturally found in our body. Good bacteria help the body fight organisms that cause sensitivities to different stimuli. Taking probiotics during pregnancy reduces the child’s risk of developing allergies after birth. Probiotics can be found in foods like yogurt or can be ingested as a supplement.
Taking any or all these natural products can help relieve your uncomfortable side effects to seasonal irritants. Regular visits to your chiropractor will also help relieve the symptoms of spring irritations. When the spinal cord is compressed, or out of alignment, the nervous and immune systems cannot function properly. This leaves us vulnerable to different conditions including allergic reactions. By keeping the spine aligned naturally, your body will function properly.
Physical and mental health is important to fight different diseases and conditions, including sensitivities. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our clients live their best life through proactive and healthy lifestyle choices.