With the warming weather, many people are already experiencing some serious allergy symptoms. And it seems like everyone’s got their own favorite remedy for quelling sniffles and sneezes. We asked a few customers and practitioners about what works for them--and why.
“AllerDx by Plantiva is my favorite--I’ve gotten a lot of positive customer feedback about its quick-acting effects for sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It’s made up of Chinese herbs that aren’t seen in other formulas, which support the liver and mucous membranes and help clear the lungs and sinuses. And the clinical studies and trials behind the products are really supportive of its claims.”
--Marisa Buchsbaum, certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, Boulder, Colo.
“Neti pot and AllerDX from Plantiva. An excellent, holistic combo.”
--Kathy, Facebook fan
“Allergy ReLeaf, by Herbs, Etc. Wish more people with allergies knew about it and would take it, because it WORKS. I used to take Allegra, prescribed by my doctor--but haven't in a couple of years because of Allergy ReLeaf. I always take BOTH the softgel and the tablet together. For me, it starts to work pretty quickly. I really can take it just as I need it. A huge plus: no dried out, dehydrated feeling—inside and out! And no lethargy—you can take it day and/or evening.”
--Robin, Facebook fan
“I'm also a big fan of Allergy ReLeaf. I take both pills all day long for acute times. I also like Vital Nutrients' Aller-C and Eclectic Institute's Nettles as everyday prophylactics.”
--Julie, Facebook fan
“I always tell people, your first medicine should be your diet, since supplements will work a lot better if you’re not intaking foods that create more mucus, like sugar, milk and wheat. One remedy I like is Bi Yan Pian (Pharmaca carries one from Plum Flower). It’s a very traditional Chinese patent formula that’s been around for 3,000 years, and is used for thinning and moving the mucus. You can take it for acute symptoms, but it can also help heal chronic sinusitis. The recommended dosage is 3-4 pills, 3 times a day until symptoms are gone.”
--Rebecca Phillips, DC, Albuquerque, NM
“Quercetin really helps! I take one in the morning and one at night. I'm allergic to our dogs (and pollen), but since I started quercetin, I'm off Claritin and Advair!”
--Kim, Facebook fan
“Nettle Quercetin by Eclectic Institute, lemon in warm water first thing in the morning, vitamin c, neti pot...Oh, and Similisan Allergy Eye Relief! A must!”
--Karin, Facebook fan
“Super Quercetin from Bluebonnet. Works as well as Benadryl, but no drowsiness or dry mouth.”
--Mari, Facebook fan
“I always ask people if they think they might have any food sensitivities, because that can aggravate or initiate seasonal allergies. Maybe you’re not fully allergic to dairy, but if you have a slight sensitivity, on a daily basis you’ll be more susceptible to allergens you wouldn’t normally be sensitive to.
“Allergies are an overactive immune response, so helping to support the immune system can be really helpful. That’s where probiotics come in. I like the MegaFood MegaFlora, especially if you’re having digestive symptoms along with your allergies. The Pharmaca brand Super Probiotic Blend is also a good maintenance dosage. And, of course, trying an elimination diet is always a good way to see if your symptoms are connected to something you’re eating (e.g. common allergens like wheat, gluten, soy, eggs or corn).”
--China Rose Reid, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist, Napa, Calif.
“Sabadil by Boiron. It really works!”
--Susie, Facebook fan
“Neti pot, neti pot, neti pot and a few doses of Sabadil by Boiron. And then I go play outside!”
--Kim, Facebook fan
“I find that the Allergena homeopathic drops, which are region specific (in Oregon’s case we use Zone 8) work really well. It’s a dilution of the different grasses and pollens we have here, and it’s something you can drop in a water bottle to sip on throughout the day or take sublingually several times a day. And I would recommend starting to take them even before the pollen is high--a good month and a half before your symptoms normally start to flare up. People find really good relief from it!”
--Karen Carleton, Naturopathic Doctor, Portland, Ore.