Depending on what part of the U.S. you call home, it might not feel like springtime quite yet.
But trust me the grass, flowers, and pollen that trigger you spring allergies are RIGHT around the corner.
And as welcome as the warmer weather is if you’re a spring allergy sufferer it’s also the start of a miserable couple of months.
If you’re already battling itchy eyes, a tickly throat, and sneezing you might be tempted to reach for an antihistamine.
But BEFORE you do, there’s something you should know.
Antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are part of a family of drugs called anticholinergics. And they’re linked to dementia.
In fact, if you use them often enough your risk can skyrocket by up to 30 percent.
And their “everyday” side effects, such as dry mouth, blurred vision, confusion, and trouble urinating can make you miserable in the meantime.
So it’s really no wonder that the American Geriatrics Society STRONGLY recommends older adults AVOID them.
Stop spring allergies from making you miserable
But if the thought of toughing it out all spring long makes you feel panicked, you can relax. I’ve got your back.
Because today I’m going to share with you four, proven, natural remedies for spring allergies. And these drug-free solutions could help you tackle some of your worst symptoms.
Butterbur has a long and solid reputation as an allergy fighter. It’s been used for centuries to reduce coughing, wheezing, headaches, and other bothersome symptoms of spring allergies.
In one study, researchers compared butterbur to the allergy drug Zyrtex. And the herb performed JUST as well as the drug. It eased seasonal allergy symptoms, but without the typical drug side effects.
Blood tests show butterbur lowers inflammatory histamine and leukotriene levels. And while THAT might not mean much to you, the RELIEF it brings sure will.
Most experts recommend around eight milligrams of butterbur extract, four times a day during the worst of your spring allergies. Butterbur teas are also available.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in some of the tastiest plants you can sink your teeth into including leafy greens, capers, dill, spring onions, garlic, cocoa, and red onions.
This antioxidant can help ease the symptoms of spring allergies by calming inflammation. And as a natural antihistamine, quercetin directly targets some of your most annoying symptoms such as watery eyes, a running nose, coughing, sneezing, and hives.
In some cases, experts say the compound may work JUST as well as allergy medications, but without the disturbing drug side effects.
You can add more quercetin-rich foods to your menu. And consider taking a supplement during allergy season. For most folks 500 milligrams twice a day does the trick.
If you battle hay fever you might want to make friends with your neighborhood beekeeper. Because, believe it or not, local raw honey could help keep you from feeling miserable this spring.
It works by exposing you to small doses of the pollens in your area that trigger your symptoms. Over time, this desensitizes your body reducing your reaction and making spring allergies a thing of the past .
In one study, a daily dose of local honey in the five months leading up to allergy season slashed symptoms in 60 percent of volunteers. Antihistamine use plummeted by 50 percent in the group that got the honey.
Try taking one tablespoon a day of local raw honey. You can often find a supply at local farmer’s markets and fruit stands. Or look online.
Stinging nettle is another natural antihistamine. Just like synthetic antihistamines, nettle extracts interrupt your body’s production of symptom-triggering histamines. But unlike the drugs, stinging nettle won’t make you feel like a zombie with a mouth full of cotton.
Stinging nettle targets specific inflammation-triggering enzymes to naturally reduce your spring allergies. In a randomized, double-blind study 98 percent of allergy sufferers found measurable relief using stinging nettle.
Most folks find 300 milligrams a day effectively reduces their symptoms. Stinging nettle is also available as a tea.
Don’t let spring allergies get you down. Fight back with these four natural and effective solutions instead.