Allergy season is here, and many of us are walking around with congestion and watery eyes. The store shelves are filled with allergy remedies, but they bring side effects such as fatigue and even depression! Even non-drowsy formulas can leave your head in a fog.

People are searching for alternatives. Doctor William Berger of The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states in his book Allergies and Asthma for Dummies that nearly one third of allergy sufferers think their medications don’t work. Others are concerned about the effects of long-term medication usage.

So what other options do we have?

Honey

Using a process called immunotherapy (think a more natural version of vaccines), honey can make you less sensitive to the pollens and allergens in your area. Users take spoonfuls of local honey every day in hopes of decreasing the body’s reaction to the pollens. When seasonal allergies come around, the body has less of a reaction and therefore the affected person has fewer symptoms. While no studies have been conducted on this method, many people swear that honey has significantly improved their allergy problem.

Neti Pots

While saline solutions are a part of the allergy care aisle at the supermarket, a neti pot might be a better alternative for nasal irrigation. Neti pots use salt water to clear mucus and allergens from the nasal passages. This method is completely safe and effective. In fact, people around the world have been using neti pots for hundreds of years. Not only can nasal irrigation relieve congestion, it also helps relieve pain and pressure in the sinuses.

Quercetin

Quercetin has shown to be a natural histamine blocker. Histamine is responsible for unpleasant allergy symptoms like watery eyes, itching, and even rashes. This plant pigment is found in everything from fruits and vegetables to wine and olive oil. However, a supplement must be used to get enough Quercetin to effectively treat allergies. As a bonus, it has been shown to reduce the risks of developing cancer and heart disease! As with all supplements, you should consult your doctor before using Quercetin.

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids such as omega 3s and linoleic acid have many benefits. But did you know that a German study found that they could help prevent allergies? They also have anti-inflammatory properties that aid the body’s healing process. In fact, being deficient in fatty acids could increase your chances of developing allergies and related conditions. Foods like nuts, avocado, and fish are full of fatty acids.