Seasonal Allergies

It is the beginning of spring and with that comes seasonal allergies.  Itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing are just a few of the symptoms that many people face this time of year.  There are some natural remedies that can help ease those symptoms without the uncomfortable side effects of traditional over the counter remedies.

The first is Butterbur (Petasites hybridus).  When taken several times a day, it is shown to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and grass allergies.

Another alternative is the herb goldenseal which when mixed with a saline nasal spray can help reduce and cleanse the mucus that is found in the nasal passages.

Finally, there is grape seed extract that can be taken as capsule, but is also easily found in abundance in red wine.  When taken with vitamin C, it is very helpful in reducing allergy symptoms.

Hope you get outside and enjoy Spring comfortably!

Author: Molly Rosenquist, Wellness Coordinator

Reference: Colette Bouchez, Web MD
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