Spring is a beautiful time of year that can be ruined with allergies. The flowers are sprouting, trees are budding and you are suffering from headaches, runny nose and itchy eyes. There are a lot of medications on the market to relieve allergy symptoms, but they can cause unwanted side-effects like drowsiness or hyperactivity.
Allergies are caused by a natural process your body developed to fight off invasions of dangerous substances. Unfortunately, most allergens are not dangerous — but they trigger your defenses anyway. There are some natural remedies you can try that might ease your allergy suffering.
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Home remedies for allergies can work better than medicine sometimes and they do not often produce side-effects. Using some simple ingredients you might already have in your kitchen, you can begin to alleviate those Spring allergy symptoms right away:
Local Honey: Honey is made from pollen, the same part of the plant that you are allergic to. Eating honey for allergy symptoms works the same way allergy shots do. It introduces the allergens to your system so you can get accustomed to them. Over time, your body will hopefully accept those allergens as the harmless substances they are and will not put up a mucus-filled defense to them. Honey made locally and with a minimal amount of processing is the most effective for your allergies.
Take a teaspoon of local honey, made as close to your home as possible so it contains the specific types of pollen that affect you and that you are exposed to on a day-to-day basis. Do this once or twice a day beginning at least one month before allergy season starts. Honey should not be given to infants.
Lemon/Orange Citrus Drink: Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C which can be very beneficial in fighting allergies. Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, which is the system responding to the allergens, and can help keep you from catching other viruses during allergy season when your immune system is preoccupied. This cool and refreshing citrus drink is also soothing on those hot, steamy days. The citrus combines with honey for a sweet, tart flavor and extra allergy relief.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and two oranges into a small container with a lid. The lid keeps the vitamin C from evaporating out of the beverage. Chill the juice for several hours with the lid on. Stir in one tablespoon of honey and pour into a glass over ice. You’ll want to sip this refreshing remedy throughout the day.
Nettle-Peppermint Tea: Nettle and Peppermint are two herbs with a lot of healing power. Nettle contains anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent certain allergy symptoms. The histamine in nettle is also proven to reduce severe allergy symptoms. Peppermint clears the respiratory tract and relieves headaches. When you combine them and add honey, you have a natural allergy remedy.
This tea is best when made with fresh herbs, but you can use dried if fresh are not available. Chop 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves and 1/4 cup of fresh nettle leaves. Be careful when handling fresh nettle leaves, because the tiny hairs on them can irritate your skin. Use tongs or gloves to avoid contact until they are boiled.
Combine the chopped nettle and chopped peppermint in a teapot and cover with boiling water. Let that steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain the mixture and add honey to taste. Drink this tea twice a day to help relieve allergy symptoms.
Red Onion Water: Quercetin is the main healing property in onions. It reduces inflammation and opens airways to improve breathing. It can also reduce the amount of histamine your body produces, keeping the mucus production from allergies down. Since the quercetin in onions is water-soluble, it is easy to extract and consume as a natural allergy remedy.
Red onion is the best variety for this application because of its mild flavor. It still contains the quercetin you need for relief. Slice a red onion very thin and soak the slices in four cups of water for at least eight hours. Take the onion pieces out, stir in some honey for flavor and drink once or twice a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar breaks up mucous to clear sinuses of allergy congestion. It also supports the immune system and lymphatic drainage which can contribute to allergy symptom relief and prevention. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, enzymes and probiotics that make it a strong natural healer.
The most beneficial apple cider vinegar is raw. Raw vinegar has a cloudy appearance because the beneficial bacteria used in the distillation process are not filtered out. Put one teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass, fill with water and stir. Drink this mixture twice a day to relieve allergy symptoms.
Home Remedies for Allergies
These natural remedies for allergies and sinus congestion help many people get through Spring allergy season. Try one or two at a time to see what works for you. If you do not see results in a couple of weeks, try something else. If you are concerned about how you might react to one of these natural remedies for allergies, it is a good idea to consult your doctor before trying it. Your doctor might have other suggestions for relieving your Spring allergy symptoms.