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Reduce Seasonal Allergies Naturally This Summer

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Suffering from seasonal allergies? In the brief but beautiful Vancouver summer, the last thing you want is a runny nose, red eyes, and itchy throat. We’ve got an awesome selection of products and tips for reducing allergy symptoms naturally this summer.

We all need histamine in our bodies as part of our immune system. It helps us get rid of threats to our immune system by tearing up, sneezing, or making us itch to flush out the threat. Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system that releases histamines to deal with the perceived threat. They can negatively affect the eyes, skin, and the nasal passages. To the immune system, something as innocuous as pollen could cause a release of histamine.

Itchy, red eyes. Searing sinus headaches. Scratchy throat. Coughing and Congestion. Allergy symptoms can make it hard to get through the day. Luckily, an overactive immune system can be circumvented through the use of antihistamines.

There are powerful antihistamines at drug stores, but they often have significant side effects. Rather than cover up your allergy symptoms, we have a few solutions that could help you reduce symptoms drug-free and even help to change your immune response over time.

 

Vitamin C

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, then the first thing you should do is take a Vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C is your all-in-one defence against allergies since it is a powerful antioxidant, antihistamine, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

You can also change your diet to include foods high in Vitamin C. Here’s our list of delicious foods with a high Vitamin C content;

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    Acerola Cherries
  • Rose Hips
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries

You could also use Vitamin C supplements or Ener-C to give yourself a boost when your allergies are bothering you!

 

Quercetin

Like Vitamin C, quercetin is a natural multi-tool that you can use to improve your health in a variety of capacities. Quercetin works in a similar way to aspirin to decrease inflammation. It is also high in antioxidants!

Quercetin can inhibit the release of histamine and is great for people who suffer from seasonal or even constant allergies. It works by stabilizing the cell membrane of a kind of immune cell in the body called neutrophils. Quercetin is worth trying if you need relief from your allergies because it’s more affordable and natural than the average antihistamine.

We recommend our Finlandia brand products because of their superior efficacy and value.

 

Stinging Nettle

The tiny hairs on “stinging nettles”, or nettles as we call them, irritate the skin! However, when taken as a herb they’re very beneficial for your health. When you feel like you’ve tried everything to soothe your allergies, brew a cup of nettle tea for natural relief.

Nettle helps reduce the amount of histamine in the body to reduce hay fever symptoms like sneezing and itching. This amazing, nutritive herb can also help reduce overall inflammation in the body caused by allergies. Over time, nettle could even help change your immune response to allergens.

We love nettle because it is rich in vitamins and minerals that help support your health. It’s one of the most popular herbs at our herb bar! At Finlandia, we have nettle available in our herbal dispensary as both a tincture and as a dried herb.