Natural Allergy Remedies
Spring and summer are the worst times of the year, if you have allergies. Many people suffer from symptoms that range from itchy and watery eyes, congested sinuses that can lead to headaches, and sneezing. Millions of people worldwide have seasonal allergies, and many of them turn to either Claritin, Benadryl, or other chemical allergy relief options. These options have a lot of side effects. Antihistamines are what Claritin and other popular allergy medications have in them that will make one out of every five users drowsy, even if they are marketed not to. In other people, these medications are ineffective and can lead to people to turn to the allergy shots.
However, there are many, different natural options for allergy relief. Not all these remedies will work for everyone, as we are all different. You may have to try a few options before you find one that works. You should not give up on an option only after one use. Your body will need some time to adjust, especially if you have used many of the over the counter allergy relief medications in the past.
If you are looking for natural allergy remedies, here are the most popular options.
Neti pots are an important part of Ayurvedic medical treatment of allergens and other sinus irritants, and have been used for centuries in India. While Neti pots are still not popular with many people, the medical community has more than welcomed them to the market. There are several studies that were conducted by David Rabago, MD that have clinically proven that the use of a neti pot is both an effective method to prevent and treat a number of upper respiratory conditions. These conditions include acute and chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies and the common cold.
When you are using a Neti Pot, you need to make sure that the water has been distilled and is as sterile as possible. Most tap waters are full of fluoride and chlorine. Fluoride and chlorine are able to aggravate your sinuses even more. If you do not have a Neti pot, and do not want to buy one, you can still use a salt water rinse to clean your sinuses. To do this you will need to mix sea salt with warm water, and suck the mixture up one nostril at a time.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is available just about everywhere. When you are looking for apple cider vinegar to treat allergies, you should look for one that is certified organic, GMO-free, raw or not pasteurized, and unfiltered to make sure that you are getting all the benefits of the apple cider vinegar.
To treat allergies with apple cider vinegar, try drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and some fresh lemon juice every morning. This is also a better way to starting the morning than coffee, as it helps give your digestive system a jump-start for the day. Another method is to use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a Neti pot solution at the first sign on an allergy attack.
Local Raw Honey
Eating local raw honey can seem too easy as it is so sweet; however, honey is one of the oldest natural remedies. A tablespoon of local raw honey each and every day can help your body build up the tolerance to the local area’s pollen that is causing your sinus problems.
In 2011, The International Archives of Allergy and Immunology published an article that tested how pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey affected people that had birch pollen allergies. It was found that the use of the honey actually lowered the total symptom score by 60 percent. The users also used 50 percent less antihistamine than the control group who only used conventional methods of allergy treatments.
Stinging Nettle medical uses can be dated back to medieval Europe. During this time period, stinging nettle was to relieve people of their joint pain. Now, stinging nettle has been studied and suggested to be able to treat a wide range of health concerns, by the University Of Maryland Medical Center. They have found stinging nettle to be able to help with:
-Urinary problems, including urinary tract infection
-Benign prostatic hyperplasia
-Joint pain, strains and sprains
Research on stinging nettle has shown specifically that nettle leaf is able to naturally control the histamine. This is why more doctors have taken to recommending a freeze-dried preparation of nettle leaf before hay fever season starts. Nettle leaf can also be used to make a tea.
Eucalyptus oil can be used for seasonal allergy relief in a number of different ways. Eucalyptus oil can be added to a Neti pot. You can also inhale the eucalyptus oil from a diffuser, or you can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your laundry detergent as antimicrobial agent.
One of the studies about eucalyptus oil that was done is Egypt found that various essential oils were able to kill many of the highly allergic house mites. The study found that eucalyptus oil is one of the most potent essential oils.
Eucalyptus oil can be a great biodegradable addition to your natural detergents, you can add 25 drops of the oil to each load of wash during the allergy season to keep the allergies at bay. This can help if you or your children spend a lot of time outside during allergy season.
If you are having strong allergy symptoms, try mixing eucalyptus oils with coconut oil. You can then rub the mixture on your chest, and behind the ears. The mixture will diffuse the scent of the oil during the day, or when you are sleeping.
Butterbur is not related to butterbeer, even if they do sound similar. Butterburs name comes from what the plant was used for in the past. The large leaves were used to wrap butter. Nowadays, butterbur extracts are used to treat fever, headaches, and nasal allergies. Butterbur is able to block the chemicals that cause the swelling in the nasal passage. During 2002, a study was done on 125 patients and stated that butterbur had similar effects to the antihistamine that were on the market; however, butterbur did not have the drowsiness side effect. Butterbur can be bought in tablets at many health food stores, or you can buy butterbur leaves to make tea from.
Hot showers do not just help clear your sinuses for a short time. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology has found if you are able to a shower right after you enter your home, you lower the amount of pollen inside your home. The shower and the change of clothing also gets all the pollen off of your skin.
Quercetin are naturally found in green teas, citrus fruit, onion/shallots, and cruciferous vegetables. Quercetin is a type of bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine, and is able to help control allergy symptoms.
There are a number of sources that suggest the best use of quercetins is for a long term allergy remedy. If you are prone to seasonal allergies, you should increase the amount of quercetin that is in your diet a few weeks before your allergy season starts. For many people, allergy season starts a few weeks before the beginning of spring, when the flowers and trees starting to bloom.
Living with allergies is no fun, and with everyone dealing with different triggers of their allergies, it can be hard to pin-point one method that works the best for everyone. Many people still think that the best way of treating their allergies is to take over the counter medications, which have many, different side effects. If you have tried a natural method in the past, and it did not work, you shouldn’t discount all the natural remedies out there. Remember that natural remedies take time to work and for your body to adjust to them, so give each option a few weeks to see if it works. You can also combine a few different natural remedies for a better solution for your allergies, until like over the counter medications.