The changing of the seasons is always beautiful and something to look forward to. However, this also means that different pollens will be spread through the air that your body will have to deal with. We constantly see ads and commercials for over-the-counter drugs that praise the immediate relief that they provide, but neglect to mention the possible side effects and long-term dependence and inflammation that these drugs can give you. I think it is best to treat the root causes of illnesses, so here’s how to treat pollen allergies naturally without side effects and long-term damage to your health.
How to Treat Pollen Allergies Naturally
Cutting grass, pollinating trees, flowers and weeds release pollen into the air that can cause seasonal allergies in about 50 million people. Allergic rhinitis describes the condition for hay fever and experiencing symptoms from the changing seasons in nature.
Allergies usually begin when you are young, but can develop at any age. These allergies can be cured at any time, though, but it takes some effort and lifestyle change. It all depends on how you live, where you live, the biotic makeup of your body and your perspective.
For some people like myself, we are allergic to pretty much every season: spring, summer and fall. It’s important to recognize what causes your allergy symptoms so that they may be treated more easily.
Realizing Your Allergies to the Season
I think that a lot of people are living with environmental allergies and they don’t even know it. This is surprising because they will be sneezing and feeling exhausted all day and their excuse is “I must be sick or something.”
These are some common symptoms of seasonal allergies that you can probably recognize in yourself:
- Runny nose
- Excess mucous
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
- Dry skin and eczema
- Mood problems and irritability
- Low blood pressure
- Ear infections
- Itching of the mouth, throat and eyes
These symptoms are very similar to those of a regular cold, but this illness fades quickly and does not last for months. Pollen allergies primarily affect the respiratory system, the lungs, throat, sinuses and mucous membranes rather than the digestive system.
From a naturopathic perspective, allergies are caused by weak adrenal, immune and digestive functions. Natural treatments take time and effort, but they can prove to be much more effective in the long term for your hay fever symptoms.
Changes in Your Diet
To treat and heal your allergies, you need to moderate your diet because everything that you put into your body can affect your immune system. The foods we usually eat in the first world are filled with preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics, and genetic manipulations that can damage your body.
Try to follow these basic tips to start monitoring your diet so that your body can heal its ailments. (1)
Eat plenty of:
- Dark green, leafy vegetables,
- Vegetables of varied colors(green, yellow, orange, etc)
- Fresh and raw produce, preferably organic and washed
- Spices like turmeric and ginger
- Quercetin-containing foods like onion, garlic and horseradish
- Probiotic foods like kefir, yogurt and kombucha
Try to eliminate or limit:
- Artificial food colors, flavors and preservatives
- Red meat
- Wheat products
- Salt and other sodium sources
- Drugs that have risks of side effects
Lifestyle Changes That Worked for Me
Because of our media and market culture, when you start having annoying symptoms of allergies, the first thing that you would think to do is to take a drug from the store. Ads and commercials have led you to believe that you need these when you have allergy symptoms, but the truth is that there is something wrong with your lifestyle that can be tweaked gradually so that your allergies subside.
As a child and teenager, I had debilitating symptoms of allergies that hindered the production of my fast-paced life. My schedule was filled with school and two side jobs that required my attention, energy, motivation and focus.
I did some research and changed a few things in my lifestyle that I’d recommend that every allergy sufferer consider as well.
Cleanse Your Body of Infection
Ever since I was a child, I could remember having uncomfortable feelings in my forehead that I could not explain. As a teenager, I would break out in pimples mostly around my forehead and my skin there always felt stiff and firm.
Then, I researched a little bit about Chinese facial mapping, a process that medical practitioners in
China consider in their patients. It involves examining the skin of the face, chest and shoulders by correlating impurities in certain areas to stress in a particular organ. The skin of the forehead directly correlates to the health of your digestive system.
The skin of the forehead directly correlates to the health of your digestive system. This is where I began my adventure into determining what was causing my intestines to be unhealthy.
Considering that candida yeast overgrowth and parasitic infections are very common in the United States, perhaps that could be my problem. I started following a “parasite cleansing” diet while taking a supplement of natural bitter herbs and spices that supposedly kill parasites in Asian medicine techniques.
Taking Action for My Digestion
I changed my diet to follow the protocol and kill anything infecting my digestive system for 2 months by:
- Drinking apple cider vinegar diluted in water daily.
- Avoiding sugar(especially refined sugar, but also fruit) that feeds parasitic yeast and worms.
- Avoiding added salt and sodium that provides electrolytes to parasites.
- Rehydrating the cells of my body with natural nutrients from clean water and raw vegetables.
- Eliminating drugs and alcohol that could suppress my immune system during the cleansing process. (2)
I followed a cleanse that implemented a concoction of several bitter herbs and extracts that are supposed to provide an unstable environment for parasites to live in your digestive system.
These will be very helpful in trying to take back your digestive system from invaders:
- Black walnut hulls
- Wormwood as a tincture or tea
- Pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil
- Marshmallow root
- Diatomaceous earth
- Oil of oregano (3)
After following a cleansing diet and taking these as a supplement for 2 months, my skin cleared up amazingly and my allergy symptoms have diminished to maybe a sneeze or two each day.
Symptoms of a Parasitic Infection in Your Digestive System
Parasites are organisms that feed off of another and harm them in the process. Humans can pick up parasites through infected food and water. Undercooked meat and sushi is a common mode of transmission.
They are also very easy to transmit through hand-touching. It is estimated that 80-95% of Americans have some type of parasitic infection in their body.
Here are some signs that you may have a parasite:
- History of unexplained constipation, diarrhea or gas
- Never feeling full after meals
- Feelings of weakness, fatigue, depression, or apathy
- Grinding teeth in your sleep
- Skin problems
- Getting diarrhea after traveling
- Getting food poisoning and feeling different ever since (4)
Natural Treatments for Pollen Allergies
Aside from changing your lifestyle for better health so that you can cure your allergies, it’s important to realize that there are natural treatments that can soothe your symptoms on those harsh days that you may substitute for your usual antihistamine drug. These treatments will not cause any side effects or long term systemic inflammation.
Here is how to treat pollen allergies with nature.
Preparing meals with spices is beneficial for your health in many ways. Regarding allergies, turmeric and ginger may soothe inflammation caused by your allergies. Cinnamon and licorice root will relieve your respiratory system. Onions, garlic, hot peppers and mustard all have compounds that will kill infections and soothe inflammation caused by an allergy to pollen. (5)
Cuisines like Indian and Thai heavily incorporate spices like these.
The steam and aroma from essential oils can relieve inflammation caused by allergies and reduce symptoms of hay fever.
- Lavender helps relieve inflammation of the sinuses
- Peppermint and eucalyptus opens up your airways and allows excess mucous to break up
You can use a neti pot to rinse out your sinuses of any pollutants or pollen that may be stuck up there. Be sure to use clean water that is not too hot.
Honey and Bee Pollen
It has been claimed numerous times that consuming raw local honey will desensitize your immune system to the pollen of the seasons.
Bee pollen as a food also works great for allergies and is very nutritious.
Nettle as a tea or supplement will act as a natural antihistamine that doesn’t have any side effects.
Raw and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh produce is filled with nutrients and compounds that will assist your immune system in working properly. Flavonoids from foods have also been important to relieve pollen allergies naturally. These can be found in citrus, apples, berries, beans, onions and other fruits.
I am always here for you, so if you have any questions or insight, please leave me a comment!