Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies now what it’s like to stay in that constant state of fog when we start taking the prescription drugs that are meant to relieve the symptoms. That state of fog leaves us feeling out of control and mostly tired. There is a better way, though; there are some home remedies you can do to relieve those allergy symptoms without making you drowsy.
One of these home remedies has made it into mainstream is the use of butterbur. Taken properly four times a day, butterbur has been found to be just as effective as any drug in relieving symptoms of hay fever. The advantage to butterbur is that you don’t have the familiar side effect of drowsiness. Butterbur is also good to use for grass allergies.
Goldenseal is known for having antibacterial properties which can aid saline in washing out pollens from your system. Freeze-dried nettles combined with a goldenseal tonic works relatively well in calming the body’s response to pollens.
Some nutrients such as grape seed extract or quercetin, which is a flavonoid compound, also help to calm allergy symptoms. There is evidence that quercetin may even help to control your bodies release of histamines as well as other chemicals the body releases in response to allergens. These two nutrients in particular can be found in a variety of foods. Red wine, for example, has an abundance of the two nutrients. Combine these with vitamin C and you can possibly reduce your allergy symptoms even more.
There are also foods that you might want to avoid during allergy season. For example, if you suffer from weed pollens, stay away from melons, bananas, sunflower seeds, cucumber, chamomile and anything containing Echinacea. All of these things can actually make your symptoms worse.
Seasonal allergies can be extremely severe for some people and these home remedies may not bring them the comfort they need, but they may help to reduce your body’s reaction to pollen and that’s at least some relief.