A Natural Approach To Seasonal Allergies

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Spring is such a great time to get outside for some family fun, but sometimes seasonal allergies get in the way. It is rough when everyone else is playing, but you or your child is on the sidelines with a runny nose, watery eyes, or even asthma. Over the counter medications can offer some relief, but they aren’t without their side effects. A natural approach to allergies has proven time and again to be more effective for my patients.

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

Allergies are caused by a dysregulation of the immune system that causes mast cells to release histamine and other inflammatory chemicals in response to an allergen. 

Root causes of seasonal allergies are things that cause immune dysregulation, difficulty processing histamine, and systemic inflammation. Patterns that I look for include liver and digestive problems, chronic stress, food allergies or sensitivities, unresolved chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, and past antibiotic use. 

Treatment Strategies For Seasonal Allergies

To treat allergies acutely we look for herbs or drugs that can:

  1. Reduce histamine (antihistamines)
  2. Stabilize mast cells
  3. Decongest the upper airways
  4. Open the airways
  5. Reduce inflammation
  6. Reduce exposure to allergens

To treat the root cause of allergies we look for strategies to:

  1. Heal the liver and gut
  2. Reduce stress
  3. Balance the immune system
  4. Reduce inflammation 

Treatment Spotlight: Aller D Hist

Using my clinical experience and education, I formulated Aller D Hist for kids experiencing seasonal allergies. It contains herbs that help block histamine, stabilize mast cells, thin mucus, reduce inflammation, open airways, and act as decongestants. So far, every review on my website is positive – I shared a few below but you can see more on the Aller D Hist product page.

Aller D Hist Reviews - Dr. Green Mom

Aller D Hist is safe for all ages and the bottle has dosing instructions for infants from 10lbs all the way up to adults of 100+lbs. 

It is ideal to start taking Aller D Hist (or most other natural allergy medications) 2-4 weeks before allergy season starts to allow time for deeper acting changes to be made.

The herbs in Aller D Hist are generally considered safe in pregnancy and lactation. However, there are some specific cases where Oregon Grape and Lobelia should be avoided, so it is best to consult with a physician before taking it in these cases. Mother’s Immunity contains medicinal mushrooms, which along with a probiotic can help to safely balance the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms, especially if taken regularly ahead of allergy season.

Nutrients To Treat Seasonal Allergies A natural approach to seasonal allergies - Aller D Hist - Dr. Green Mom

In addition to Aller D Hist, I usually recommend that people have a solid nutritional foundation with an anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates while avoiding processed food, sugar, food allergies, and dairy. It can be tough to get kids to eat a fully balanced diet, so in most cases a multivitamin and fish oil is a good idea along with a probiotic

Quercetin and vitamin C are complementary therapies that work together to stabilize mast cells. A diet focused on foods high in quercetin will often supply foods high in vitamin C as well. They can be supplemented for even stronger effect. Again, they should ideally be started 2-4 weeks before allergy season. 

Root Cause Treatment Of Seasonal Allergies

To treat the root causes, I assess stress, diet, food sensitivities, digestion, and liver function and address those on an individual basis. People who routinely get seasonal allergies often do better with a yearly spring liver cleanse. This is a big topic and I’ll be writing more on these subjects in the coming weeks.


Allergies are caused by an immune imbalance that causes mast cells to release histamine and other inflammatory chemicals. Anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, decongestants, bronchodilators, and mast cell stabilizers are usually used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies. I formulated Aller D Hist to be a reliable natural treatment for seasonal allergies that is safe for all ages. Complementary nutritional therapies include quercetin, vitamin C, multivitamin, fish oil, and probiotics. Making lifestyle changes to reduce both exposure to allergens and systemic inflammation can be helpful. Root cause treatments that address individual imbalances in diet, stress, digestion, liver health, and immune system are important for long term resolution of allergies. 



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