Allergies, hay fever, allergic rhinitis—whatever you call it, seasonal allergies can make you miserable. The sneezing, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes can leave you exhausted. And depending on where you live, allergy season can start as early as March and last all the way through November. Over-the-counter and prescription medications may help relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms, but they can also cause side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, and nosebleeds (in the case of steroid nasal sprays). Looking for a more natural approach? The following products can help alleviate allergy symptoms by supporting the body’s own natural healing process and fortifying the immune system.
Allergy Attack? The quick fix
Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, who writes Better Nutrition’s Ask the Naturopath column (see p. 32), treats allergies year-round in her Juneau, Alaska clinic. When allergy attacks strike, Kane tells patients to take at least 500 mg of vitamin C (flavored effervescent packets are handy and work well) and ¼ tsp. of turmeric every two waking hours until symptoms subside.
|Newton Homeopathic Dust – Mold – Dander is an all-natural remedy customized for people whose allergies are triggered by dust, mold, and/or dander. The formula, available in liquid or pellet form, contains a mix of homeopathic medicines that work quickly to alleviate congestion, labored breathing, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and skin irritations. You can take
six drops or pellets as needed throughout the day. Fans of the product say it works wonders for cat allergies.
|Moducare ModuAller Seasonal Respiratory Formula blends the natural antihistamines quercetin, nettle, and feverfew with Moducare, a patented blend of plant sterols and sterolins. Moducare has been clinically shown to strengthen and balance the immune system in humans. The capsules are vegetarian.|
|Liddell Laboratories Al Allergy is a fast-acting oral spray that features a unique and gentle homeopathic formulation. A few sprays may provide broad-spectrum temporary allergy relief—including allergies triggered by pollen/hay fever, pets, dust mites, insect bites, and medications. There are no known side effects or drug interactions.|
|Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nu Century Herbs Resprin is a standardized blend of herbs shown to help promote clearer breathing. It is ideal for those whose allergy symptoms include wheezing and/or difficulty breathing. But it can also be used by anyone suffering from breathing problems. The dosage is two capsules daily.|
Best and Worst
According to a 2012 report by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation, Knoxville, Tenn. is the worst place to live for spring allergy sufferers. The best spots? Portland, Ore., Seattle, and San Diego all top the list of cities with lower allergy counts.