“What is cedar fever and why does everyone around me have it?” 

We talk with Pharmacist and Certified Clinical Nutritionist Kim Fontenot about cedar fever, symptoms, and how you can naturally remedy this allergen attack!

Cedar allergies are primarily spurred by the body’s over-reaction to juniper pollen (from cedar trees). When this pollen becomes lodged and stuck in our airway passages, our body responds violently in an effort to rid our systems of this pollen.

Allergy testing is the only sure way to tell if you’re having an allergic reaction to cedar. However you can generally tell if you have allergies or if it’s a cold by how you feel after you get out of a shower or use a neti pot. (Using a neti pot can be very helpful for allergy symptoms – just make sure to boil the water first!). If you feel better after washing the pollen out of your sinuses, it’s most likely allergies. You can also watch the cedar count for your area and track how it corresponds to how you feel. As Kim mentions in the video below, homeopathy can be great to help combat cedar allergies. Homeopathic remedies have had no reported side effects or drug interactions in over 200 years of use, making them a very safe option. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also be very effective in relieving allergy symptoms.

Whether you’re looking to try a homeopathic remedy or a Chinese herbal remedy formulated specifically for cedar fever by the staff at Austin’s own AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Peoples has the products and the knowledge to help put you on track to wellness. Talk to our staff in stores, or for a more in-depth approach, contact our Wellness Center to make an appointment with a practitioner that works for you!

Want to know more about why cedar fever is rampant in Central Texas? Read more in this StateImpact Texas article.