I didn’t suffer from seasonal allergies until I moved to New York city. As you can expect, I am not a fan. Thankfully my allergies have been fairly mild; nothing more than a few sneezes, a pesky runny nose and eyes that start to itch at night. Still, relief is much desired and not from a pill. Last year I found relief in a fantastic herb; and this year I’m going even more in-depth in my pursuit of natural remedies for seasonal allergies. Why choose a natural remedy when you can easily pick up a box of Zyrtec at the drugstore? Natural remedies don’t just cover up the problem, but many work to strengthen our body’s defense before the pollen attack begins. On top of that, these natural remedies come side effect free; that means no drowsiness!
Local bee pollen works best. It acts as a natural vaccine against airborne pollen, by building up your body’s defense. Look for bee pollen with the widest variety of color; this indicates that the pollen has been taken from a wide variety of flowers. It is recommended to start taking bee pollen at least a month before allergy season strikes, so that you’ll have time to build up your defenses. Start with a small dose, 1 teaspoon per day, then work your way up to a maximum 1 tablespoon a day. It’s delicious and goes well in smoothies and with granola. Check out the recipe below!
Why do I recommend bee pollen if it isn’t vegan? As you might’ve heard, decline in bee populations has become a very serious issue. Beekeepers help to fight this colony collapse by keeping bees; at an industrialized scale, the factory-farming of honey, pollen, and other bee byproducts has its own issues. That’s part of why I favor local beekeeping. Leave me a comment letting me know your approach to this issue. It can be a tricky subject!
Start your day off strong with a few glasses of water with lemon and this super allergy fighting granola which combines bee pollen, cayenne pepper, and walnuts. Plus it’s gluten free and 100% raw!