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Pollen Season: Natural Solutions

Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Achoo! Pollen season is upon us and it can be a real hassle. If you're congested or experiencing headaches or seasonal allergies, you know the stress this time of year can bring. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to keep your immune system strong and stay comfortable through spring and summer, allowing yourself to fully engage in the season!

1. Improve your Digestion

If you experience bloating, gas, constipation, and an overwhelming sense of fullness, you may be experiencing poor digestion, which is inhibiting your detoxification process. Try incorporating more fiber into your daily diet as a way to relieve constipation. An easy way to do this is by adding Organic Whole Husk Psyllium to your juice, smoothies, and even plain water.

Need daily digestive support? Learn all about the super-fruit herb; Triphala.

2. Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods

By focusing on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, not only are you helping to improve your digestion, you are giving your immune system the nutrients it needs to stay balanced. Try eating foods that are rich in vitamin C, like lemons, kale, brussel sprouts, and kiwifruit.

Quercetin is a flavonoid that has been shown to act like a natural antihistamine. You can find it in foods like tomatoes, broccoli, berries, and onions. Last but not least, omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Get these good fats by eating chia seeds, walnuts, and flax oil.

3. Take Tulsi! (Holy Basil)

In India, Tulsi is considered the “Queen of Herbs” for its powerful restorative properties. One of my favorite supplements to take during pollen season is Tulsi Holy Basil. Tulsi is an adaptogen that supports your body’s natural immune function and detoxification process. Adaptogens are known to help the body adapt to environmental and physical stressors, supporting homeostasis and restoring balance in the body. Plus, Tulsi also aids in respiratory function!

If you're not a fan of taking supplements, try any of the organic Tulsi Teas! Our favorite right now is Immunity.

4. Stay Hydrated and Clear the Air

It’s no secret that staying hydrated is a wonderful way to look and feel your best. Did you know that it can also help to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Believe it or not, two of the symptoms of dehydration include asthma and allergies. Drinking beneficial water is a way to flush out our system and reduce the risk of histamine production.

How much water should you drink? Take your body weight and divide it in half. The number you get is the total amount of water you need (in ounces) to stay hydrated each day.

Another great tip for inside your house is to invest in a himalayan salt lamp. These lamps are not only beautiful, but help naturally ionize and purify the air.

5. Neti Pot or Saline Rinse

Yes, Neti pots can be intimidating, but before you write it off, give it a try! When my seasonal allergies were acting up and I was having trouble breathing, my Neti pot was a life saver. I was amazed at how quickly and easily it cleared out my sinuses.

You can purchase Neti pots at most natural health food stores and drug stores. You can also make your own saline rinse by dissolving about 1 tsp of sea salt to a quart of boiled distilled water. Just make sure the water has completely cooled before pouring it into your nose!

Cheers to a happy, healthy spring and summer!