The pollen exploding off of the beautiful blooming trees and flowers can make being outside a challenge, but I have a few natural + edible helpers that ease the sneeze(s).
1. Raw Local Honey: This is tried and true for many, but always worth mentioning! For those of us affected by pollen, eating raw local honey on a regular basis can help our bodies acclimate to the pollen. To be effective, the honey should be native to your area so you can get some of that local pollen. Raw honey is the best option to look for as it has not been pasteurized and therefore maintains its natural antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. (Note: Not recommended for children under the age of 2.)
2. Brazil Nuts: These rich and large nuts contain the highest level of selenium of any food! Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect against cancer and heart disease, and it also happens to to reduce allergies and inflammation. Brazil nuts are also a good source of protein and unsaturated fats--but a little goes a long way. 3 to 4 Brazil nuts provide the maximum daily recommended selenium intake. (If Brazil nuts aren't your thing, selenium can also be found in whole grains, seaweed, beans and legumes, broccoli, garlic and mushrooms.)
3. Chamomile Tea: In addition to easing allergies and headaches, this very soothing tea helps calm anxiety, stress and insomnia. (Note: Not recommended for pregnant women.)
For more info on feeling your best in the spring, come take my Spring Renewal Workshop in Red Hook, Brooklyn on March 5th, hosted by Straw and Gold! For more details + tickets, visit Spring Renewal Workshop.