Preventing and Treating Seasonal Allergies

By Emily Richmond, ABT, NAET Certified Practitioner

I was recently interviewed on “Talk Dirt to Me” a local Radio Boise talk show. We discussed seasonal allergy prevention and treatment. I decided to post an overview of the helpful tips discussed.

As a person who suffered from seasonal allergies,I tried every treatment I knew about: Western, eastern, and dietary.  Some things helped reduce the symptoms for a short period. The treatment that solved my root issue and allowed me to stop regularly taking allergy medications and supplements was NAET.  I am going to share with you many things that you can use to try to manage your symptoms. But I can’t stress enough the freedom that comes from treating your allergens with NAET, so that your body stops over-reacting. In addition, you don’t have to maintain the majority of the steps below just to get relief once you have had NAET treatments.  Not everything on the list will work for everyone and no single thing will manage it all. Please schedule with us to help you develop the approach that is best for you.

Desensitize Your Allergens

  1. NAET – with Emily Richmond at Boise Natural Health Clinic to non-invasively desensitize your body against seasonal and environmental allergens. Starting in advance of allergy season is optimal. Learn more at the upcoming class on Seasonal Allergy Prevention and Treatment.

Supplementation: Prepare 2-3 Weeks in Advance of Allergy Season for Best Results.

We carry most of the supplements listed. 

  • Multivitamin – Capsules NOT tablets. More than one a day – Thorne has a great multivitamin. Multivitamins support the immune system to do its job and provide the cofactors needed to support detoxification pathways.
  • Fish Oil – DHEA/EPA Nordic Naturals, Pro Omega Junior for kids, 2 to 4 a day, depending on weight. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation, seasonal allergies and asthma.
  • Probiotics – Multi-strain, at least 8 good bacteria, refrigerated. Kyo-Dophilus 9 by Wakunaga or Biodoph 7. Probotics are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive system and can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, boost the immune system and create a more balanced microbiome in the digestive tract.
  • Astragalus – 1 and 1/2 dropperfuls 3 times daily. It helps support your immune system, adrenals and may help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms when used for 6 weeks. Flavonoids, found in astragalus show antioxidative qualities which counter free radicals.
  • Aller-C – Used to help calm the histamine response. Contains vitamin C. quercetin, and bioflavonoids. 2 to 3 capsules, 3 times daily.
  • Quercetin – 500 to 1,000 mg a day for maintenance or prevention. Can be taken in place of Aller-C. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms. It is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
  • Nettle tea (stinging nettles) – 1 to 3 cups daily. Steep 20 minutes for the most benefit. Nettle is used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is nutrient-rich in iron and vitamins A and C.
  • Local raw honey –  Work up to 1 tablespoon daily.   Some people believe it may be useful to slowly desensitize people to local pollens by slowly exposing the immune system based on a concept called immunotherapy. Honey raises levels of antioxidants and boost the overall immune system.

Treatment for Acute Allergy Flare-ups

  • Quercetin – high dose, 1,500 mg, up to 3 or 4 times daily for acute symptoms for up to a few days. Great for hives, water eyes, sneezing and histamine symptoms from some food intolerances. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms.
  • Echinacea or Throat Coat tea (short term – not daily) to help sooth irritated throats (avoid chamomile tea if you have a ragweed allergy).
  • Allergy Eye Relief Drops by Similasan – homeopathic eye drops.
  • Allergy and Sinus Tincture from BNH – eyebright, goldenseal, horseradish, nettle, yarrow. 2 dropperfuls every 1-2 hours as needed. It is used to help with sinus symptoms, eye symptoms and other hay fever symptoms.

Ways to Support your Immune System and Reduce your Burden

  1. Exercise –  cardio and weight bearing – hold standing yoga poses. Workup to 1 minute per side, squats, lunges, and weights.
  2. Learn tools to cope with your stress – meditation or Emotional Freedom Techniques,  and yoga. Deep breathing practices increase oxygen, help detoxify, clear the air way and decreases stress.
  3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Eat a whole foods diet. Avoid dairy and gluten and any other food intolerance(s) that you have during high stress and allergy seasons. Eating spicy foods during allergy season may make the histamine response worse.
  4. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods to support your gut microbiome. Healing your gut will help increase absorption of your food and supplements.
  5. Reduce your exposure to chemical pollutants: Research the products you use on Environmental Working Group, including your perfumes,  laundry soaps, and house hold cleaners.
  6. Eat organic. Print The Clean 15 and The Dirt Dozen  from the Environmental Working Groups for shopping.
  7. Keep your blood sugar levels regulated – try spirulina, nettles, goji berries and protein with every meal
  8. Neti Pot aka nasal douching heals your mucus membranes, removes pollen and irritants and reduces inflammation. Start 2 -3 weeks in advance, 1 to 3 times daily. ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in warm distilled water. Or 1/8 tsp of baking soda if too inflamed.
  9. Hydration reduces inflammation. Drink purified water – 1/2 your weight  in ounces daily, more if you exercise.
  10. Yoga for allergies  – click here for link.
  11. Use acupressure points on your face for sinus congestion.
  12. Essential oil and steaming – eucalyptus or other sinus opening oils like Breathe. Boil purified water, remove from the stove and let the water cool a little. Put in 5 to 10 drops of essential oil and cover your head with a towel and breath in the warm air to clear your sinuses and airways.
  13. Replace or clean out air filters in your home and car.
  14. Keep your pets out of the bedroom.

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