There’s a lot to look forward to during spring, but along with cherry blossoms, magnolias, and morning glories, molds, as well as tree, grass, and ragweed pollen, are also blooming. These less-than-favorable plants are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies symptoms; additionally, spring causes many people to have more pronounced reactions to other allergy triggers, including campfire smoke, ingredients in sunscreens or bug repellents, insect bites, and chemicals used in swimming pools.
In the U.S, spring allergies are usually at their worst from about late February through June, and in warmer climates where plants are almost always blooming, allergies can occur throughout the year.
Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for these reactions, with symptoms being triggered by the body’s release of histamines in response to an allergen. Essentially, the body overreacts to (relatively harmless) substances in our environment and produces antibodies in an effort to attack these substances.
Certainly, there are many prescription and over-the-counter meds that can help to mitigate these reactions, but many people find that the use of allergy medications is not the best long-term solution, as many of those drugs can cause a number of adverse reactions like fatigue, brain fog, nausea, and dry mouth. (1)
So what can you do to help prevent and treat allergy symptoms this spring, without making yourself feel even worse? Here are five natural remedies and supplements to try: