Seasonal allergies are caused by trees, grasses and weeds—something we have plenty of here in Utah! Seasonal allergies are actually quite common. As many as 30% of U.S. adults and 40% of children suffer from seasonal allergies. Even further, about 35% of people with these allergies also have asthma. While many people find relief in over the counter allergy medications, some find the side-effects to be too much to bear. Did you know there are some natural remedies known to help with seasonal allergies? Check out the list below!
Vitamin C – a well-known antioxidant, immune booster and anti-inflammation agent. Foods rich in Vitamin C include: chili peppers, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and pineapple.
Quercetin – Quercetin is a flavonoid that gives color to many plants. While providing antioxidant properties, quercetin also acts as an antihistamine. Eat foods such as garlic, onions, apples, cayenne pepper, fresh dill weed and ancho peppers for a dose of quercetin. (Or make this red onion water healing beverage from Eat Drink Better.com: add 1 red onion chopped in rings to 4 cups water and a hint of honey to taste)
Apples and Walnuts – who doesn’t love both!? As mentioned above, apples have high doses of quercetin. Walnuts are high in magnesium – known to protect against wheezing, coughing – as well as vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and immunity booster. Why not make your afternoon snack an apple and walnuts today?
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – apple cider vinegar has MANY health benefits. Some of them can significantly help allergy symptoms such as: itching, sneezing and coughing. Long-term use of apple cider vinegar can actually reduce the severity of future allergy attacks with its antihistamine and anti-inflammation properties.
Nettle Leaf and Mint – both these plants are known natural antihistamines. They’re also simple to grow! Plant both in your yard and enjoy an occasional tea brewed from 1tsp nettle leaves, 1tsp mint leaves and a little lemon and honey to taste.