7 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies
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It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung and the allergies are starting to pop up with all the plants and flowers blooming.
Did you know that 1 in 5 people suffer from some type of allergy? Are you that 1?
What do you do for your allergies?
Most people who are struggling with an allergy go to the doctor to be treated and are routinely given pharmaceuticals from acetaminophens to antihistamines, both of which may actually further aggravate the allergy symptoms they were given for.
Millions of Americans are going to turn to Benadryl, Claritin and other medications to try and find some relief. The good news is that you might not necessarily need to take any medications to control your allergy symptoms. There are actually many natural allergy relief remedies you can try first.
What are allergies?
Allergies are hypersensitive responses from the immune system to substances that either enter or come into contact with the body. Let’s just say it happens when your immune system has gone on overdrive because it has been overstimulated.
Some common allergen triggers include
- pollen from grass and trees
- the fecal particles of dust mites
- animal dander
- certain foods
- air pollution
- beauty product ingredients
- even insect bites.
What can cause allergies?
There are so many different things that can cause allergies that it can be hard to pinpoint which are contributing to your symptoms.
However, there are a few things that will tremendously help our immune system respond better to the allergens out there. Diet, good gut health, and health overall can make a big difference when it comes to seasonal allergies because the allergic response has everything to do with the immune system.
So let’s get to the meat and potatoes of all of this and dive into the NATURAL ALLERGY RELIEF REMEDIES.
7 Natural Allergy Remedies
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. It is also said to help digestion, weight loss, and more so it is worth a try! Drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of ACV and some fresh lemon juice is one of the best ways to wake up every morning.
Quercetin is a natural substance sometimes used to ease symptoms of seasonal allergies. An antioxidant found naturally in black tea and plant foods such as cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli or cauliflower), onions/shallots. It appears to fight inflammation.
Though quercetin is naturally found in foods like citrus and broccoli, it is very difficult to get the amount needed to relieve allergies from food alone. A supplemental dose from a quality source can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. Start 4-6 weeks before allergy season for best results.
3. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. Some research has linked treatment with stinging nettle leaf to the relief of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.
I cannot recommend this enough. Probiotics are beneficial “good bacteria” that live inside your GI tract and help defend you against infections, viruses, allergies and more. Allergies are the result of an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to react too strongly to stimuli. Many studies link the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with a reduced incidence of allergies.
5. Local Honey
Taking a tablespoon of local, raw honey every day will help your body build a tolerance to the local pollen that is running amuck on your sinuses. You can consider this your natural allergy shot, plus I hear it tastes pretty good. Win/Win right there.
6. Detox Your Body
If you truly suffer from allergies and suspect a comprised gut at the bottom of it. A good gentle detox might just be the answer to your allergies. Often, allergies are worsened by toxins within the body. The liver is a great mediator of inflammation in the body, and when it is working overtime metabolizing our stress, medications, alcohol, and processed foods, allergies can flare up.
7. Essential Oils
Yep, I know..hippy juice! Trust me, I was not ready to drink the cool-aid on the essential oil bandwagon. Well, I can say they have helped keep us well in this house along with keeping the allergy symptoms at bay for the biggers allergy sufferer in our house. The best part about the ones we use, a lot of them are already blended so there is no need to purchase 87 million different oils.
Peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils have been linked to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms, and harmful toxins.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
Do you have any homeopathic and natural allergy relief ideas you want to share with the Sedera Health Community? We want to hear from you!
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