Yes, the green coating on everything that happens this time of year.
Sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion.... can't think straight... you know the drill.
These are the strategies that I have found useful:
The extract made from a variety of pine bark, has been widely studied for the past 40 years and has more than 230 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and efficacy in nasal and eye reactions to allergies.
Available research indicates that Quercetin is a very effective treatment for allergic rhinitis. Studies have found that taking Quercetin for at least 5 consecutive days can minimize instances of sneezing and significantly reduce nasal itching, helping sufferers to live a more comfortable life.
Honey and Cinnamon
If you suffer from pollen allergies in particular, honey can help fight off those allergies. Local raw honey contains traces of local pollen. It is believed that if you consume local honey containing the same pollen impacting your allergies, you slowly become accustomed to that specific pollen, lessening your allergy symptoms.
Capsaicin acts as an antagonist to the proteins and neuropeptides in the blood that cause inflammation and that trigger allergic and asthmatic responses. 2-4 capsules of 40,000 heat unit cayenne powder tends to "dry up" the mucosal membranes in the sinuses, and open up the airflow for easier breathing.
An organic sulfur-containing compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. Not only used for mediating allergic responses, but also for other inflammatory responses such as arthritis. As a bonus, it helps in keeping ticks, fleas and mosquitoes away!
...or other Sinus flushing device, such as Nasaline, a syringe that basically flushes out the pollen that has already infiltrated your sinuses. A simple device, yet quite effectively washes the nasal surfaces of pollen.
Wearing a mask outside, especially when mowing the lawn will decrease your exposure to allergens. The one I use is called RZ Mask. It fits comfortably, filters out the pollen and dust, and does not cause my glasses to fog up!
In addition to the above, Natures Sunshine has a proven line of supplements specifically for allergies. My favorites from this line include:
-- Histablock: Provides nutrients that support healthy respiratory function as the body battles irritants, pollutants and toxins.
-- ALJ: The herbal formula ALJ helps balance the natural eliminative functions of the respiratory system. It supports healthy lung function and helps support the body during seasonal changes.
-- Seasonal Defense: This unique herbal combination contains Andrographis, which is an immune and respiratory system-supporting agent. When taken during seasonal changes, the ingredients in Seasonal Defense may support mucous membranes and help the body maintain optimal health.
(Through these Nature's Sunshine links you will be given the option to receive free membership with a $40 purchase and will continue to receive 33% off future orders.)
I hope these suggestions help you endure and enjoy the outdoors this coming allergy season.
Dr.Max Norris, DC, Dipl. Ac.