Here at Chixi, we are all about avoiding allergens. Whether it’s in our Chixi Butter, our Halloween candy or inside our homes, we prefer to avoid allergies as much as possible. However, in the unfortunate circumstances allergy symptoms do arise, we access our arsenal of homeopathic remedies. Here are five homeopathic ways our Chixi family prevents, avoids and treats allergy symptoms.

#1 Avoid OTC Medications and Add in Probiotics

This first tip may sound contradictory, but when it comes to allergies, we prefer to avoid antibiotics, prescriptions and other OTC medications as these can compromise gut health. Take antibiotics for instance. They work to eradicate your system of bad bacteria, but since antibiotics cannot differentiate between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria, they end up eliminating both. This ends up being good for the bad guys, but not so good for the good guys, which help build up your Immune System.

There are many theories suggesting why allergies are on the rise, but one of the most common theories is that our digestive system is not being exposed to enough beneficial bacteria and subsequently is exposed to too much of the bad bacteria (hello refined sugar). Our society has a tendency to over sanitize everything: our hands, our homes and especially our foods, which wipes away any naturally occurring bacteria. There’s an old saying, “You need to eat a pound of dirt to stay healthy.” And as more research is being conducted supporting the importance of gut health and beneficial bacteria, this saying is beginning to hold a lot of truth!

*Sometimes using antibiotics, prescriptions and other medications is completely necessary and we are all for that if needed! But if possible, we prefer to opt for more homeopathic remedies like these allergy pellets, neti pots and saline solution nasal sprays.

#2 Eat a Whole Foods Diet and Fill Up on Fermented Foods

Eating a diet teeming with fresh, whole foods while simultaneously avoiding foods that have been known to cause inflammation (i.e. alcohol, dairy, gluten, grains, processed foods, sugar) provides the body with core nutrients it needs to quell any inflammation caused by seasonal allergies. Adding natural foods that have been known to support the gut are also great additions to any wellness routine, but especially if you are battling seasonal allergies. Boost your intake of probiotic-rich fermented foods like apple cider vinegar, coconut yogurt, kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut. If you aren’t a fan of probiotic foods, you should consider adding a probiotic supplement to your wellness routine.

#3 Invest in Local Honey

Local honey is made by local bees, which means these bees collect pollen from local plants and bring it back to the beehives to create honey. Since many seasonal allergies are caused by these same local plants, eating local honey containing the pollen from local plants can potentially help combat allergies. This concept is similar to immunizations where  a little exposure stimulates the immune system to produce a protective response. One of the best places to shop for local honey is at your community’s local farmer’s market or directly through a local beekeeper.

#4 Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be enjoyed all year long, but are especially helpful during allergy season if you choose the right ones. The combination of three in particular (lavender, lemon and peppermint) act as a natural antihistamine and can help stop the inflammatory response associated with allergies. Mix these three scents together and massage a few drops on your temples or under your nose to help minimize the allergy response. You can also diffuse them in your bedroom. While you’re at it, create an allergy-free zone in your bedroom by eliminating carpeting and investing in an air purifier, an allergen elimination mattress cover and hypoallergenic pillows.

Allergy season doesn’t have to be a downer. Incorporate these four natural remedies the next you feel your allergy symptoms setting in and experience a sense of relief!