Want natural allergy relief without relying on pharmaceuticals?
The beginning of spring is a time for fresh starts, new growth, and seasonal allergies. For the 40 to 60 million people who meet the switch to warmer weather with the sniffles, seasonal allergies are, well, nothing to sneeze at.
If you’re sick of your respiratory system stopping you from enjoying the beauty of spring, then it’s time to seek out some home remedies for seasonal allergies and hay fever.
Discovery Health estimates that 36 million people suffer with seasonal allergies (also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis). Pollen counts go up, and your immune system releases histamines. Histamines are naturally occurring and perfectly normal – except when your body over-reacts to non-harmful substances. Then you end up with itchy, watery eyes; runny nose and/or sinus drainage; sore or scratchy throat; and chest tightness, cough or difficulty breathing. If you’re faced with real toxic substances, this reaction helps keep them out of your body. When it’s just pollen, strong reactions pretty much only serve to make you feel miserable.
There are plenty of natural alternatives that will help you keep your hay fever in check, ensuring that you can move on with your life faster than before.
The immune boosting properties of ginger aid in providing long term relief from allergic rhinitis. Ginger possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which aid in treating symptoms associated with the health condition.
Peel a piece of ginger and rinse well. Add it to a glass of water and bring to boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Filter and drink warm. Having ginger tea twice a day helps to relieve you from allergic rhinitis.
Garlic, an inevitable kitchen ingredient is one of the most recommended home remedies for allergic rhinitis. Quercetin in garlic is anti-inflammatory and a natural antihistamine and hence effective for treating the condition.. Garlic is an immune booster. It also possesses powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, which support quick recovery from allergic rhinitis.
If you feel allergies coming on, consider eating or juicing a few cloves of garlic to rev up your immunities.
This favorite Indian spice is bursting with health benefits, thanks to the ample amounts of curcumin it contains. Dietary turmeric acts as a decongestant, wards off colds, and can even reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
Honey possesses antibacterial and anti-viral properties. Studies have proved high dose of honey to be effective in reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water. Drink thrice a day till symptoms improve.
Kale, collards, spinach, and plenty of other greens are stellar sources of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that work to reduce inflammation and keep your respiratory system in optimal shape.
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, antioxidant and antitoxin. I’ve increased my vitamin C intake, along with my local raw honey intake.
Some of the best food sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemons; papaya, bell peppers, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (sauerkraut and kimchi are great!), strawberries, pineapples, kiwifruit and cantaloupe.
Onion contains quercetin, which possesses anti-histamine properties. Onion is also an anti-inflammatory and hence is highly effective in treating allergic rhinitis
Applying onion poultice relieves symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
All forms of this potent plant (peppermint essential oil, mint tea, and even mint-infused steam) seem capable of reducing allergy symptoms by relaxing your airways to make breathing easier. To try it for yourself, mix several drops of peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil, and carefully dab it just below your sinuses. Your breathing should clear up quickly.
The rich omega-3 fatty acids within the oil certainly won’t go amiss, but fish oil is also an effective way to fight off allergies.
A study of allergy sufferers who took daily fish oil supplements found that their bodies contained fewer of the chemicals that trigger allergic reactions. Further research shows that the benefits might be even stronger for children if their mothers took fish oil supplements while pregnant.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and possesses anti-histamine properties. Studies have proved that regular consumption of benifuuki green tea for a little over one month before getting exposed to seasonal allergies can reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis
The benefits of acupuncture might be more profound than previously thought. Research shows that this traditional Chinese remedy might help relieve hay fever. While scientists aren’t sure why this is, it seems likely that the treatment triggers immune responses and reduces inflammation that can heighten allergic reactions.