Most Used Natural Allergy Remedies
Do seasonal allergies have you sniffing and sneezing all day long? Before you turn to medications that can leave you drowsy, try some of these all natural allergy remedies that actually work!
1. Saline Nasal Rinse
Doctors around the world recommend using a neti pot or other type of saline nasal rinse if you suffer from sinus allergy symptoms. It is great for rinsing the allergens right out of the nasal and sinus passageways so they stop irritating you. Just be sure to always use distilled water or boil water and let it cool before use, for safety reasons.
2. Steam Inhalation
If the thought of pouring water through your nasal passages grosses you out, you can also clean things out with a little steam. Try taking a hot shower or boiling some water and holding your head over the water after you take it off the burner.
Put a towel over your head to hold in the steam. As an added benefit, you can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water as it’s menthol like sensation can help open the nasal passageways even more. Breathe in the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers have their benefits when it comes to fighting allergies. If it is cool and dry, turning on a cool air humidifier can surround the allergens in the air with water droplets, causing them to fall to the ground so you don’t breathe them in.
On the other hand, if you live where it is humid, using a dehumidifier or the air conditioner can cut back on dust mites and mold, which are two really big allergens. You just have to find out what is best for your situation.
4. Peppermint Tea
Drinking any type of hot tea can be good for allergy symptoms because the hot steam can help open up the nasal passageways but one of the best types to try is peppermint tea because it can act as a natural decongestant and expectorant to get the mucus out. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Green tea is another good choice because it has an antioxidant that inhibits allergic reactions. If you are allergic to ragweed, you might want to stay away from chamomile tea, however, as it can actually cause an allergic reaction to those who suffer from that allergy.
5. HEPA Air Purifier
Okay, so it’s not very natural, but everyone suffering from airborne allergies can benefit from a HEPA air purifier. They have filters that can remove particles as small as pollen from the air, greatly cutting back on allergy symptoms. If you can’t afford a whole house system, at least try to get one for the bedroom.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been said to help with many things from weight loss to digestion to allergies. For allergies, take 1 teaspoon of unfiltered, organic vinegar in a glass of water up to three times a day. It helps cleanse the lymphatic system and reduce mucus production, both preventing allergy symptoms and reducing the ones that do occur.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that is found in the skins of apples and onions and it is a natural antihistimine. It is difficult to get enough to fight allergy symptoms from food though so taking a supplement is the way to go. It’s best to start taking it about 4 to 6 weeks before allergy season starts.
Recent evidence has shown that mother’s who had more beneficial gut bacteria when pregnant and nursing produced babies less prone to allergies. Further evidence shows that people who have more beneficial bacteria in their guts have fewer allergy symptoms. So if your mom let you down, don’t worry! Reach for the yogurt or probiotic pills and give your gut a boost of allergy fighting bacteria today!