7 Foods & Herbs to Soothe Spring Allergies

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Do you associate springtime and warm weather with unbearable allergies? Instead of reaching for the drugs that make you listless, try out some of these more natural remedies to soothe your symptoms.

1) Butterbur
While it sounds like something that belongs in Harry Potter, this herb appears to work as a leukotriene inhibitor, which blocks some chemicals that trigger swelling in the nasal passages. Some research shows that butterbur root is just as effective at relieving nasal symptoms as prescription drugs, but without the drowsiness.

2) Citrus Fruits
For people with hayfever and seasonal allergies, getting enough Vitamin C is crucial. Try eating whole grapefruits, oranges, lemons and lime, drinking vitamin C-enriched juice, or simple taking vitamin tablets.

3) Chamomile
Certain varieties of chamomile, like stinking chamomile and german chamomile, are often used in medicine. Chamomile is believed to have powerful healing and anti-allergenic properties.

4) Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are packed with quercetin, which helps fight allergies by acting like an antihistamine. You can put down that bottle of meds now.

5) Apple Cider Vinegar
While it may not taste so great going down, apple cider vinegar can have remarkable healing properties. It is often used to alleviate the symptoms of sinus infection that may develop along with allergy symptoms. It is rich in vitamins E, A, B1, B2 and B6 and contains potassium, calcium and magnesium. It has also been shown to reduce the amount of mucus and soothe sore throats.

6) Broccoli
Not only is broccoli high in allergy-fighting vitamin C, it has been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses. Have it steamed, raw, whatever. See, your mother was right after all. Eat your broccoli because “it’s good for you.”

7) Alfalfa
Alfalfa can improve the runny nose, sneezing and itching that comes with allergies. It calms the immune system and soothes irritated mucus membranes. Take it in supplements or drink as a tea with honey for further soothing properties.

Keep in mind that the long-term use of some of these herbs have not been tested. This article is not meant to substitute for speaking with your doctor.

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