Seize Control of Spring Allergies

Mom & Baby Springtime

Leaves are turning green, flowers are budding, the daylight is extending…all the wonderful signs that Spring is here, and with it, begins the latest cycle of seasonal allergies. Are you one of the many struggling to find relief with an arsenal of over-the-counter anti-histamines, decongestants, and allergy eye drops? Perhaps, you’re a year-round sufferer and the battle is on-going. Regardless of the severity, I hope these naturopathic tips will help you take control of your symptoms.

Clean Pollen Carriers

Be mindful of your hair, clothing, window and door sills, and even your bedding that could carry pollen particles from outdoors. It may help to shower after being outdoors, wipe down window and door sills regularly, and wash pillow cases frequently to minimize pollen in your home. A good HEPA filter can help too.

Allergy-Fighting Antioxidants

Quercetin, found in apples, is a bioflavonoid cited in numerous research studies to decrease histamine levels, stabilize mast cells (histamine producers), and reduce certain inflammatory markers. The result? Significant improvement in allergy symptoms. Add vitamin C for extra immune support system and allergy relief.

Raw Local Honey

A randomized placebo-controlled trial demonstrated honey can significantly improve allergic rhinitis (i.e. runny nose). Next time you’re at your local grocer or farmer’s market, pick up some raw local honey. Start now because it takes a few weeks for this helpful therapy to work its magic.


Probiotics are more than just micro-organisms helping to balance our gut flora. Probiotics can help balance our immune system. During allergy season, your immune system may heighten in response to the allergens. A good probiotic can help calm your immune response, and thus, lessen your symptoms that result from immune system reacting to allergens.


Homeopathy is a type of medicine using “similars” or like-to-cure-like. It is a gentle way to address your allergies and receive fast symptom relief. In fact, a literature review revealed up to a 75% improvement among patients using homeopathy for allergy symptom relief. Dr. Ray can help you determine which homeopathic remedy or formulation is best for you.