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7 Little Known Home Remedies for Allergies You Need to Try
With the coming of Spring, comes the begin of allergy season. The watery and itchy eyes, stuffed and runny noses, all getting the best of you when you can least afford it, right. Luckily there are some healthy home remedies that can help you clear away the symptoms of allergies, and get you back into your stride in no time.
There is really no need to pill-pop your way through allergy season, these home allergy remedies are going to clear away your symptoms, as well as boost your immune system, providing effective and preventative allergy relief.
But first before we get there, let’s first take a closer look at what causes us all these bodily aches and issues, as well as the different types that can be found.
What Are Allergies, Their Types, and Their Causes?
Allergies are a condition in which the body over-reacts to a substance it believes to be harmful, and is a result of the body’s extremely sensitivity (hypersensitive) of the immune system toward a substance. This substance is known as an allergen. Allergens are catalyst for the body’s production of the antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE). The symptoms that a person experiences as allergy symptoms is the body’s way of responding to the allergen.
Now let’s take a more detailed look at some of the various types of allergies, and what causes them.
Pollen allergies are prevalent during the Spring and Summer months. Pollen grains are inhaled through the nose and mouth, and are the reason for the allergic reaction, i.e. the running nose and itchy, and watery eyes. Other than causing allergies, pollen can be responsible for respiratory infections.
Anaphylaxis is condition that carries with it possible life-threatening consequences. It cause the body to have an extremely fast reaction to allergens, occurring just minutes, or even seconds, after exposure.
Allergic Rhinitis is a collection of unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms that arise from a person’s exposure to a particular allergen, and is more commonly known as hay fever. It is cause by pollens grains of a plant, and causes the nasal passages to become inflamed.
Also known as contact dermatitis, contact allergies occur when the skin comes into contact with an unwanted allergen, usually a cleaning or latex product or household detergent. The skin is left inflamed, red, may be sensitive to the touch.
A food allergy occur when the body’s immune system responds negatively toward a certain kind of food, with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe, and possibly life-threatening (anaphylaxis).
Asthma is the body’s allergic reaction to both environmental and genetic factors, causing inflammation in the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath and even breathlessness.
Dust allergies mainly trigger the symptoms of asthma, and these triggers include pollen, animal hair/fur, mold, and dust mites.
Allergies and symptoms vary from person to person. Some people having stronger reactions to stimuli than others, yet they all suffer from the same symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Skin rash, redness, itchiness, dryness, flaking, and peeling of the skin
- Itching or tingling sensation in and around the mouth and on the lips
- Swelling of the tongue, lips, throat, or even the entire facial area
- Congested and itchy nose
- Vomiting and nausea
- Tightness in the chest, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing (asthma symptoms)
- Dizziness and lightheadedness, or even a loss of consciousness
7 Home Allergy Remedies
These easy and natural remedies are going to provide you and your loved ones with effective allergy relief. Although some allergic reaction may be more severe than others, these wholesome remedies are assured to work, and work well.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and most well-known of home remedies, coming straight of granny’s kitchen, and has been used for its host of health and wellness benefits. What it does, is it reduces the body’s mucous production while at the same time cleansing the lymphatic system, making it useful both as an allergy symptom fighter, as well as a powerful detoxing agent.
Apple cider vinegar is great for helping to get of acute allergy symptoms, and can also help to prevent the onset of an allergy attack. If you do know that you suffer from allergies during certain time sf the year, it’s best to get ready early, as prevention certainly is better than the cure.
- Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is a fantastic natural antihistamine and is very effective at blocking the body’s natural ability to produce histamine, the hormone that is responsible for producing all those unpleasant symptoms. It can be found growing all over, and can be applied in many differing ways and forms. The eaves can be made into a tincture or drank as a tea, or even dried and placed in to capsule form.
For allergy relief, the dried and capsuled nettle leaves may provide quicker and more effective relief option. Nettle leaves are one of those leaves that can be mixed with other leaves, such as peppermint or red raspberry, to make an even better tasting and more effective allergy remedy. Nettle leaf tea is also great for reducing the response of histamines, as well as providing additional nourishment to the liver. The tea is best used during the allergy season, while the capsules should be used for acute cases of allergy symptoms.
Garlic is a fantastic anti-histamine that has the ability to both treat and relieve allergy symptoms, and can even fight off viruses and infections. It is one of the best natural decongestants that can be used during the allergy season, relieving sinus pressure, hives, rashes, coughs, puffy eyes, and itchy skin too. Eaten every day, raw garlic will boost the immune system, preparing the body for the upcoming allergy attack, thus promoting an overall boost in health and vitality.
Use it your food or to drink in a tea, or even eat it raw, the powerful anti-oxidant properties of garlic are great for further reducing inflammation, and boosting your overall health.
- Raw, Local Honey
The less processed the better, and the closer to home even more so. Honey that is produced locally, is going to be made from the local flowers, native to the area where you live. The theory behind this, is that if you eat hone that comes for the area where you live, your body will eventually become accustomed, and adapt, to the local allergens that are present in your environment. It works like a natural flu shit, just without the nasty side-effects.
Consuming about a spoonful, or three, of honey every day is going to help your body to build a resistance to the local allergens, helping to reduce the effects of the local pollens that ravage your sinuses. It is suggested that you should start your honey eating regiment about a month or so before the start of the allergy season.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is found in foods like citrus and broccoli, and helps to stabilize the mast cells to prevent them from releasing histamine. It is also said to be a powerful antioxidant that is great for fighting inflammation. Using quercetin to fight the effects of allergens and allergies is more of a long-term treatment option rather than a quick fix or symptom reliever. This is due to the small amounts of quercetin that are found in citrus and broccoli.
It is advised that people using this remedy should start taking quercetin at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to allergy season, and is seen more of a lifestyle option than an allergy remedy. It will benefit all that suffer with allergies in the long run, this does however take some time to manifest.
- Lemons and Limes
Lemons and limes are excellent immune boosting and ailments fighting fruits thanks to their high contents of vitamin C and their numerous other immune boosting antioxidants. Drinking lemon water periodically throughout the day will clean and refresh your body, detoxifying and ridding the body of impurities.
In addition to its amazing vitamin C contents, lemons have some bleaching properties as well, making them an ideal remedy for skin problems. Applied to the affected area and burning just a little, the lemon juice will heal the itching and dry the area. Simply wash it off with water once you’re done.
- Eucalyptus and Frankincense Essential Oils
The effects of essential oils have long been studied and used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. It has also been concluded that of the essential oils, eucalyptus oil ranked among the highest when it comes to eliminating house mites. A great relief for allergy suffers. The use of essential oils for allergies work to reduce the inflammation found associated with allergic reactions, and detoxify the body harmful bacteria, built-up toxins, parasites, and micro-organisms that can bring on an allergy attack.
Eucalyptus and Frankincense can both be used in a variety of ways to help combat the effects of allergies, as well as treating the root cause of possible exposures.
- Several drops of eucalyptus essential oil can be placed into a neti pot, it can alternately be added to a humidifier, or allowed to simply defuse through the room. Eucalyptus oil can also be added to the laundry detergent to act as an antimicrobial agent.
- During the allergy season, adding fair amount, about 25 drops or so, of essential oil to the laundry is going really going to help to open the airways and help to reduce the symptoms of allergies simply by wearing your clothes.
- Add coconut oil to make a vaporub, spreading it evenly across the chest, back, neck, and behind the ears.
- To implement Frankincense essential oil into your daily routine, you simply need to rub a small amount on your chest and behind your ears several times a day, or allowing it to diffuse through a room during the day or while you are asleep at night.
Although allergies that are mild or modest do not pose us much harm, a case of severe or prolonged allergic effects may require some additional medical attention and advice. Anaphylaxis is a form of severe allergic reaction and can come about through contact with food, medications or drugs, or through insect bites and stings. These symptoms are usually severe, manifesting inbreathing troubles, tightness in the chest, chest pains, dizziness, fainting, rash, vomiting, and changes in blood pressure. They affect the lungs, heart and blood vessels, and could be potentially life-threatening. If you or any member of you family experience any of these symptoms, it is best to contact your doctor right away.
To End Off
Nature sure has given us a lot to work with when it comes to boosting and maintaining our health, as well as successfully combating the pitfalls of allergies and their unwelcome symptoms. A healthy and balanced lifestyle and diet, with a few added oils and extras is going to give your body the extra boost and vitality that it needs to make you allergy-resistant, and ahead of your game. The defense is a good offence, so be proactive and make these natural allergy remedies a part and parcel of your daily allergy defeating routine.