This fall is turning out to be horrible for my allergies! I’ve suffered from headaches, a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat. We live in one of the worst places to live if you have allergies. I am so ready to move! Unfortunately, it seems like everyone I talk to is suffering (or knows someone who is) from bad allergies this year.
Rather than toss back Claritin, I’ve tried to find some natural allergy remedies. What’s nice about natural allergy remedies is that instead of masking the symptoms, you are actually treating the causes of the allergies.
Natural Allergy Remedies
1. Local honey. Local honey works as a natural allergy remedy because it introduces pollen into your body naturally. It’s best if it’s super local because then you know you are getting your system introduced to local pollen and allergens. When your body ingests small amounts of pollen, your natural defenses are stimulated, which helps your body naturally fight. Not only does honey work well for allergies, it also tastes great!
2. Neti Pots. Neti Pots (which look like a genie’s lamp) work by flushing everything out of your sinuses. All of the allergens are rinsed away by a saline solution. Figuring out how to use a neti pot is probably the most difficult part. Once you get the hang of how to use a neti pot, you’ll be glad you did!
3. Quercetin . Quercitin is naturally found in the skin of apples and red onions. It is a powerful anti oxidant, natural anti histamine, and anti inflammatory.Quercetin can also help with fatigue, depression, and anxiety. If you want to try using quercetin for allergies, you can try eating more apples and raw red onions or you can take a supplement of quercetin.
4. Stinging Nettles. Stinging nettles grow naturally as weeds in many areas. Stinging nettles work best to help allergies when you make a strong infusion of tea. You can buy stinging nettles in bulk in many health food stores. To make stinging nettle tea, take boiling water and pour it over a tablespoon of nettles. Let the tea set overnight to release all the benefits of the nettles. You can drink the nettle tea either hot or cold. Sweeten with honey and you’ve got double the allergy-fighting benefits!
5. Acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to help treat many different conditions from allergies to anxiety. An acupuncturist treats symptoms by setting tiny needles in meridians in the body and opening up the energy flow. Acupuncture can be very beneficial for all kinds of different symptoms, so when you have an acupuncture treatment, you may get more than you bargained for! You may be treated for other issues that you hadn’t planned on!
Allergies can be frustrating, but when you deal with allergies using natural allergy remedies, you’re doing your body a favor by not loading it with drugs. Natural remedies are good for your body, your health, and even the environment! If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, give these tips a try, and be sure to let me know how they work for you!
Have you used natural allergy remedies? How do you deal with seasonal allergies?