Minimize Spring Allergies with a Natural Probiotic {Plus 11 More Natural Allergy Remedies}

by Chrystal Johnson on March 24, 2014

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natural-remedies-spring-allergies.jpgBefore moving to the mountains, I never suffered from allergies. Of course, living in the middle of a National Forest where the trees drop a ton of pollen each spring can trigger allergies in the best of us.

We try to eat a very clean, real food diet, but I have found that’s not enough to prevent the pollen from getting to me. It really affects Zoë as well, so I have been doing some research on how to minimize our allergies this year since spring is here.

Fortunately, there are a variety of natural remedies you can use to help prevent spring allergies from taking over your life.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C may help minimize many spring allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation related to allergic reactions. You can eat foods rich in vitamin C, or supplement with a whole foods vitamin C supplement.

Quercetin

Clinical studies have shown that quercetin appers to mimic the antihistamine effect of certain drugs. If you can add sources of quercetin to your diet, such as garlic, onion, apple and cayenne pepper, it may help to prevent the symptoms of springtime allegies.

Homemade Bone Broth

I am a huge fan of drinking homemade bone broths during winter months to keep the immune system strong, but did you know that it can also prevent allergy symptoms? In some studies, the strain Lactobacillus acidophilus L-92, has been shown to help alleviate Japanese cedar pollen allergy.

Chamomile Tea

I love how relaxing chamomile tea can be to drink, but you can also use it to reduce the symptoms of spring allergies as well. Just place a cold tea bag over dry, itchy eyes and you’ll quickly get relief.

Nettle

I first tried Nettle last year. You can buy it in capsule form, or make a tea from it. I like to make Nettle tea and sweeten it with local, raw honey. When you have an allergic reaction, your body releases histamine. Since nettle contains histamine, it helps your body build up a tolerance. It’s also great for reducing inflammation. Be careful of overuse though, as nettle can exhaust your potassium levels.

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Butterbur

Another herb that is great for allergies is butterbur. The root and leaves from butterbur contain petasines, which can block reactions that can cause allergies. It relieves itching, sneezing, stuffiness, runny nose and watery eyes in only 5 days. In addition, German and Swiss research showed butterbur to be as effective as the pharmaceutical Zyrtec after only two weeks of use.

Elderberries

Elderberries are awesome for flu and colds because it strengthens the immune system. But they can also help with allergies since they contain beneficial flavonoids that can reduce inflammation. We’ll be continuing our elderberry syrup use through the spring.

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Local Raw Honey

I have been reading about how local, raw honey can get rid of allergies for a while. But as far as I knew, we didn’t have local honey. However, last week I found out that there is a local beekepper and I’m trying to find out how to procure some true local honey. It’s best if the bees gather pollen from the plant(s) that cause your allergies, as it can help you build up a tolerance. But local and raw is the key.

Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

I am always discovering more uses for organic raw apple cider vinegar and springtime allergies are yet another one! ACV works by impeding your body’s histamine reaction and it also minimizes inflammation. You should take one tablespoon each morning before you leave your house. I like to mix my dose of ACV with filtered water and local raw honey (a great way to combine remedies). 

Essential Oils

I am a huge fan of essential oils as a natural remedy, and they can also help with spring allergies. Choose quality oils, including lavender, peppermint, lemon balm, blue tansy, eucalyptus or lemongrass. You can either diffuse a few drops of your favorite essential oil or you can dilute the oil and apply it to your feet, wrist, temples or chest.

Acupuncture

While I have never tried acupuncture, it can strengthen your immune system so your body can better battle spring allergies. It has also been shown to alleviate swollen nasal passages even more quickly than some popular herbs can.

Natural Probiotics

Since most of our immune system stems from our gut health, ensuring we are taking a natural probiotic supplement is important in helping manage spring allergies. I have been slacking on taking one, so we recently checked out the probiotic section at Costco.After reading the packages, I settled on Insync Probiotic.

Insync-Probiotic-CostcoI liked that it contains 6 strains of natural probiotics, including doctor recommended strains B. infantis, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, and that it has a gradual release so it’s not destroyed right away by your stomach acid. I also liked that they disclosed that Insync Probiotic has 3 billion bacteria at the time of manufacture and 1 billion at the time of expiration. It’s really important to know the numbers at expiration because many brands quickly lose potency after manufacture.

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The price was also awesome for a 12-week regimen. You can read more about Insync Probiotic on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

What are your best tips for reducing Spring allergies?

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber March 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

Great post! Thanks for these remedy suggestions. Pinning for later!
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2 Brittney Minor
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March 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

I need to do some of these things for my son. His face breaks out in a rash during this time of the year. He has also had a runny nose. Thanks for the tips!
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3 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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March 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

ACV has been my remedy of choice for a few years now! It works wonders!
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4 JanetGoingCrazy
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March 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

Thank you so much for this post! My son has really been hit with allergies lately (just like my husband and me) and I was just talking to my husband about finding some natural remedies, first because the medicines aren’t working, but also to keep him healthy overall. #client
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5 Nicole March 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Great natural suggestions! I’m really into using essential oils right now. They seem to help with my asthma and allergies tremendously. I never knew probiotics could help. I’m a believer in probiotics for other ailments, but allergies too? The wonders of the natural world always amaze me!
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6 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture
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March 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

We always have local raw honey and elderberry products on hand. They work wonders! And we use probiotics, but never knew they were also good for allergies! Thanks for the awesome list – I’m pinning for later :-)
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7 Amanda March 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

Great post! I swear by nettle and quercerin my self with a side of EO’s my self. They work like a charm. Thanks!
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8 Sharon Roberts April 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

For my allergy with some foods, I always treat my self with tea from nettles, it’s really effective and I can somehow manage to eat a couple of peanuts without suffering to that itchy feeling even though I’m allergic with it.

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9 Kara April 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

Lots of great info here. I happily used to rely on nettle, astragalus and marshmallow root during allergy season for my five dear ones. I’ve had tremendous results this season by using a blend of lavender, lemon, and peppermint therapeutic grade essential oils (1:1:1) -carefully applied. It’s become my number one remedy, and first recommendation, and I have it with me wherever we go.

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