Allergy Season: Natural Remedies for Relief

Naturopathic allergy relief

As spring arrives in Minnesota, the beauty of blooming flowers and budding trees also heralds the onset of allergy season. For many, this time of year brings sneezing, itchy eyes, and a general feeling of discomfort. At prairie naturopathic doctors, we believe in addressing these seasonal challenges through the power of naturopathic medicine and holistic health practices. In this blog, we’ll explore how natural remedies, nutritional therapy, and herbal supplements can offer effective and gentle relief from allergies.


Understanding allergies

Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to substances such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and throat irritation. While over-the-counter medications can provide relief, they often come with unwanted side effects like drowsiness or dry mouth. Naturopathic medicine offers an alternative approach by addressing the root causes of allergies and enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal.


The role of naturopathic medicine in allergy relief

Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. By understanding and addressing the underlying imbalances in the body, we can reduce the severity and frequency of allergic reactions. This approach includes a combination of holistic health practices, lifestyle modifications, and natural remedies tailored to each individual’s needs.


Boosting immunity with nutritional therapy

A strong & balanced immune system is crucial in managing allergies. Nutritional therapy plays a significant role in bolstering immune function and reducing inflammation. Here are some dietary strategies to help you combat allergy season:


Anti-inflammatory foods: incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts. These foods help reduce inflammation and modify allergy symptoms.


Quercetin-rich foods: quercetin is a natural antihistamine found in apples, onions, and berries. Including these in your diet may help modify the release of histamines and reduce allergic reactions.


Probiotics: a healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system. Foods like yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut are rich in probiotics, which support gut health and, consequently, immune health.


Hydration: drinking plenty of water helps thin mucus and keeps your respiratory tract moist, making it easier to expel allergens.


Harnessing the power of herbal supplements

Herbal medicines & supplements offer a natural and effective way to manage allergy symptoms. Here are some herbs that can provide relief:


Butterbur: known for its anti-inflammatory properties, butterbur can reduce symptoms like sneezing and nasal congestion.


Stinging nettle: this herb acts as a natural antihistamine and can alleviate a wide range of allergy symptoms.


Eyebright: traditionally used to treat eye irritations, eyebright can reduce redness and itchiness in the eyes.


Turmeric: with its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric can help reduce the overall inflammatory response in the body.


Holistic health practices for allergy relief

In addition to dietary changes and herbal supplements, holistic health practices provide a powerful way to enhance your body’s resilience against allergies. These practices include:


Naturopathic physiotherapy: this dynamic treatment promotes digestion, circulation, immune function, and detoxification.  With more nutrients and less toxins circulating through the body the result is better functioning systems and less allergy reactions.


Acupuncture: this ancient technique can help reduce inflammation and balance the immune system, providing relief from allergy symptoms.


Nasal irrigation: using a neti pot to rinse your nasal passages with saline solution can flush out allergens and reduce congestion.


Breathing exercises: practices such as yoga and deep breathing can improve respiratory function and reduce stress, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.


Essential oils: oils like eucalyptus and peppermint can open up nasal passages and provide relief from congestion when used in a diffuser or inhaled directly.


Creating an allergy-free environment

Beyond individual treatments, making changes to your environment can significantly reduce allergen exposure. Consider the following tips:


Keep windows closed: during high pollen days, keep your windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home.


Use air purifiers: high-efficiency particulate air (hepa) filters can remove allergens from the air inside your home.  We offer a selection of quality air purifiers to ensure better air at affordable prices.


Regular cleaning: frequent vacuuming and dusting can help reduce the presence of allergens like dust mites and pet dander.


Shower after outdoor activities: washing off pollen from your skin and hair after spending time outside can prevent it from spreading inside your home.


Personalized allergy management at prairie naturopathic doctors

At prairie naturopathic doctors, we understand that each person’s experience with allergies is unique. Our approach to allergy management is personalized, combining naturopathic medicine, nutritional therapy, herbal medicines, supplements, and holistic health practices to create a comprehensive plan tailored to your specific needs. By addressing the root causes of your allergies and strengthening your body’s natural defenses, we aim to provide long-lasting relief and improve your overall well-being.



Allergy season doesn’t have to mean months of discomfort and reliance on medications with unwanted side effects. By embracing the principles of naturopathic medicine and incorporating natural remedies, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, and physiotherapy into your routine, you can find effective and gentle relief from allergy symptoms. At prairie naturopathic doctors, we are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through holistic health practices that empower your body to heal naturally. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized approach to allergy management and start your journey to a healthier, allergy-free life.

May 23, 2024

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