Looking for natural remedies to help you get through allergy season? In part one of this two-part series, we discussed what causes allergies and why diet is the biggest factor in curing them. Now we dig into some remedies if allergies remain after adopting an anti-inflammatory diet.
Natural Remedies for Allergies
1. Probiotic and Prebiotic Power
Get your (good) gut bugs on. Probiotics add a punch of essential healthy gut bacteria to a gut that may have some imbalances. Reach for a soil-based formula, and don’t forget to take your prebiotic fiber essential for making sure your probiotics stick around in your gut). Compliment your daily probiotics and prebiotics with fermented and prebiotic foods.
2. Oregano Oil
This powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial helps kill bad gut bugs. Dilute two or three drops with a spoonful of coconut oil or water, and consume orally up to three times per day.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Love your gut (and boost your stomach acid to aid in digestion) with apple cider vinegar. The result? Less mucus and undigested food with enhanced digestive flow to support healthy immune function. Add a tablespoon to a few ounces of water several times per day.
4. Essential Oil Difusser
Forget the Vix Vapor Rub, and reach for one of these these essential aromatherapy oils instead. Add four or five drops of your oil of choice to a diffuser and turn it up. Make a mix with peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender oil to soothe allergies.
If you like Thai food, then this one’s got your name on it. Turmeric is the spice with the active ingredient curcumin that contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin in turmeric blocks mast cells from releasing histamine. It has the ability to remove excess mucus and reduce inflammation in the sinuses and respiratory tract. You can take liposomal curcumin as a supplement or use turmeric as a spice in soups, meats, veggies, and golden milk.
6. Bone Broth and Collagen
Bone broth has been touted in recent years as a gut-healing agent, but it is really nothing new. Both bone broth and collagen powder contain amino acids like glycine, proline and hydroxyproline that help rebuild the gut lining.
Sip your broth by the cup, add to veggies or soups, and use collagen powder in your smoothies.
7. Herbal Antihistamine
Natural herbal antihistamines contain a powerhouse of herbal extracts that boost immune health and decrease inflammation. Use formulas that include ingredients like:
Osha: root that has been used as medicine by Native American and Hispanic cultures for years, specifically to support the respiratory system.
Hesperidin: anti-inflammatory extract found in fruits like oranges, grapefruits. and plums, used specifically to enhance circulation and blood flow.
Dimethylglycine (DMG): amino acid that aids in boosting metabolic health and detoxification.
8. Test, Don’t Guess.
Instead of continuing to manage your symptoms or hoping and praying this year won’t be so bad, consider getting to the root of you shaky immune system and taking a peek at what’s going on with your gut.
Beyond a “leaky gut,” conditions like SIBO, fungal overgrowth, parasites, and dysbiosis may be present.
Working with a functional medicine doctor or nutritionist aware of what to look for (in the gut) can be game-changing, providing you with insights on what may be driving your allergies and allowing you to then follow the proper protocol to rid your body of the imbalance.
You’re not stuck with allergies forever. Love your gut, boost your immune system, and tell allergy season goodbye for good.
Connect with me at drlauryn.com today for a one-on-one initial assessment if you want to do some digging into your own gut and immune health.