Natural remedies for seasonal allergies
The allergy season is once more with us. If you are one of the thousand of allergy sufferers whose spring and summers are miserable because of pollen & seasonal allergies, here are a few suggestions which could help alleviate some of your suffering.
How to alleviate your suffering
By wearing a hat, with a large brim and sunglasses. Not as a fashion statement but as a way to stop the pollen from blowing in your eyes.
It is the pollen that makes your eyes itch and then water.
Instead of taking your jog or walk in the day when the pollen from trees is released, exercise outside in the evening when the pollen is not being emitted from the trees and flowers.
After being outside where your clothing has become infested with the pollens that are in the air, which in turn you then take home with you, launder your clothes and take a shower.
If you are taking medication for hay fever try taking the pills at night to see if this will help with the runny nose, sneezing and scratchy throat caused by the hay fever.
Make sure you have a cleaning appliance that has a HEPA filter fitted, so when vacuuming the pollen that has settled in the home is stirred up, which in turn aggravates your symptoms.
New research that was published in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’, has found that Acupuncture could help relieve hay fever.
It found that sufferers who had acupuncture took less medication.
The researchers from Charite-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany are not sure why but the thinking is that acupuncture can curb inflammatory immune-system substances involved in allergic reactions.
Try a Saline Rinse
Before the pollen season starts try a spritz of saline rinse up the nose to wash the pollen out. This could lead to a reduction in the amount of medication that you might have to take.
A study has shown that by using the saline rinse twice a day for three to six weeks, nasal congestion was lowered by hay fever sufferers.
A reduction of the amount of monounsaturated fats in your diet, that are found in dairy and meat products, could mean that you might not get hay fever.
A study has shown adults with a diet high in monounsaturated fat are three times more likely to experience hay fever.
A daily dose of fish oil supplement has also been found in studies to help control the chemical leukotriene, that contributes to the allergic reactions in people with allergic asthma.
9 natural remedies for helping with Allergies
More and more people are looking for a more natural way to treat their allergies, so here are a few suggestions to try and see if any work for you….
Try taking a daily tablespoon of local honey. The nearer to your home the honey is produced the better as this helps the body to adapt to the allergens in the local environment .
Start taking the honey about a month before the pollen season starts.
This ancient remedy helps the body build a tolerance to the local pollens.
A 2011 study published in ‘Archives of Allergy and Immunology’ reported that sufferers from birch pollen were helped when given birch pollen honey before the pollen season started.
Sufferers used 50% less antihistamines compared to a group on conventional medicines!
A diet that contains foods that boost the bacteria in the gut helps to balance the immune system as new research has found that the presence of beneficial gut bacteria reduces the number of allergies that can be experienced.
80% of the bodies immune function is stored in the gut so by taking a good quality probiotic capsule makes sure we are getting the good bacteria required.
3. Stinging Nettle
Dating back to medieval Europe, stinging nettle has a history of medicinal uses like relieving joint pain.
The University of Maryland Medical Centre have done studies and suggest that stinging nettle can effectively treat insect bites, joint pain, sprains and strains, urinary tract infections and hay fever.
Research has shown that nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine as it helps the body block the production of histamine naturally.
So before the hay fever starts take a freeze-dried preparation as a tea or tincture or if this is not possible, there are some wonderful nettle teas available in our marketplace.
Capsules made from dried nettle leaves are an easy and effective option too.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another age old remedy that has a variety of uses, allergy relief being one of them is Cider Vinegar.
It has the ability to reduce mucus production and it cleanses the lymphatic system making it helpful for allergy sufferers.
The best Apple Cider Vinegar is one contain the “Mother” of vinegar, drink a teaspoon of this in water, three times a day at the first sign of your allergy.
Use an organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that contains the colony of beneficial bacteria (“Mother”) always check the label for this.
5. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil can be used in various ways to help in the allergy season.
Used in a diffuser or with your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial addition.
Add 25 drops of oil to your laundry detergent in the allergy season for an eco friendly addition to your wash.
An Egyptian study has shown that eucalyptus oil is one of the most potent in the killing of the highly allergic house mites.
If you are suffering major allergy symptoms, mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and use behind the ears and on your chest.
Use in a diffuser during the day or whilst sleeping.
6. Frankincense Essential Oil
Another great immune booster is Frankincense essential oil. In a study published by Phytotherapy Research it was discovered that when mice were given frankincense orally, multiple levels of their immune system were stimulated.
So for the seasonal allergy sufferer the use of frankincense will boost your immune system.
Use in a diffuser for a couple of hours a day or rub on your chest or behind your ears.
Published in the journal ‘Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine’ a study into Bromelain on mice showed interesting results.
A reduction of allergic sensitization and a marked decrease in the development of allergic airway disease.
This suggests that bromelain helps to modulate the whole immune system.
It does more than mask the unpleasant symptoms experienced from seasonal allergies such as stuffy/runny nose, itchy eyes etc. Bromelain does seem to actually prevent seasonal allergies by going to the root cause an over sensitive immune system.
The Conquistadors recorded that the Aztecs used spirulina as a staple in their diets as a primary source of protein.
But it is also known that spirulina can reduce inflammation that causes sinus problems.
In numerous studies it has been shown to be effective in reducing itching, nasal discharge, sneezing and nasal congestion.
Researchers have found that Eyebright, (part of the Figwort family) aids not only eye problems but can help with a number of other health conditions including seasonal allergies.
The natural astringent-tannins contained in the herb could help reduce mucus discharge and the flavonoids and defensive compounds in Eyebright could help in the treatment of allergies.
A great way to fit it into your diet is to drink eyebright tea two to three times a day.
So as the allergy season returns do not automatically reach for the harmful chemicals for relief try a few of our natural suggestions.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are taking prescribed medication always consult with your doctor first.
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