Spring is well and truly upon us and although we’re relishing the slightly warmer temperatures, we’re less than happy about the increase in pollen and subsequent allergies! Although there are plenty of pharmaceutical remedies available for allergy sufferers, sometimes it can be helpful to look for natural alternatives. Here are five wonderful alternative remedies and natural supplements which might help you to keep the itchy eyes, stuffy nose and tickly throat at bay.

natural supplements1. Natural D-Hist

One of the most popular natural supplements for allergies, and one we’ve seen most success with when making recommendations to our patients, is natural D-Hist. This supplement contains a blend of antioxidants, flavonoids, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals which help to maintain healthy nasal and sinus passages. This is ideal for individuals who experience persistent symptoms of seasonal allergies.

2. Nettle leaf

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine, which means it blocks the body from producing histamine which causes allergic reactions. You can find nettle leaf in capsule form, which is usually the most convenient solution for rapid relief of symptoms, but it is also possible to make nettle leaf tea at home. You may find that drinking an herbal tea with nettle leaf can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms, and a soothing cup of warm tea also helps to relieve an itchy throat and stuffy nose.

3. Quercetin

This natural bioflavonoid works to stabilize mast cells, which are responsible for releasing histamine and can, therefore, help to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction. It also works to reduce inflammation, which is ideal for those who tend to get puffy eyes and a sore throat due to allergies. It doesn’t provide immediate relief but can have excellent long-term benefits, so try taking it around a month or so before allergy season to help minimize your symptoms when pollen strikes.

4. Sinus cleanse with a neti pot

Neti pots are designed to allow you to clear out your sinuses by flushing them with a saline solution. Although this natural remedy won’t completely prevent or alleviate allergy symptoms, it can provide a lot of relief if your sinuses or nasal passage feels uncomfortably blocked. Just be sure to use a sterile solution – you can make your own saltwater solution if you want with distilled water, but we recommend using a saline solution from a drugstore to ensure you’re not introducing harmful bacteria into your body.

5. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for generations to treat a range of health problems naturally, but it can be particularly useful for alleviating allergy symptoms. It can help to minimize mucus production in order to reduce the severity of blocked sinuses. Be sure to use apple cider vinegar which includes The Mother – this is just a colony of healthy bacteria – for the best results, and just add a teaspoon of the vinegar to a glass of water and drink one to three times each day.

Visit your doctor for more advice

These natural remedies can offer really impressive results for individuals who are plagued with symptoms in peak allergy season, but if you need any more advice or are really struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to see your doctor for more advice.