Allergy season is here…OTC allergy relief medicines are flying off the shelf, and on my walks at Lake Chabot I can hear the sneezing and wheezing! I can even hear my neighbors sneezing! Many drugstore medicines can make you feel drowsy so it is nice to know that some herbs and nutrients can help calm down your allergic response. Herbal teas or tinctures including nettle, eyebright and goldenrod can be helpful. The cooking spice turmeric can help reduce allergic inflammation. Vitamin C itself is a natural antihistamine and is especially effective in a whole food form that includes the bioflavonoids such as quercitin and rutin. A good quality fish oil can also help calm the inflammation response. Local honey can help reduce reactivity as well. If you are suffering from allergies this season, call the office for suggestions on nutrients and herbs that may help relieve your symptoms. It is always advisable to consult with an herbalist who can consider your allergy symptoms in the context of your overall health.