For many people, each new season comes with its fair share of allergy irritants and triggers. The main symptoms that indicate you have an allergy include a scratchy throat, a runny nose, itchy eyes, skin rashes, and coughing.
If you want to fight allergies before they set in, here are some effective natural home remedies you can use to fight them off.
Strengthen Your Immune System With The Magical Frankincense Oil
Axe considered frankincense essential oil to be one of the most unique and effective immune system boosters. Scientific literature has acknowledged the cancer-killing effect of frankincense for many years.
In a study featured on Phytotherapy Research, the focus was on the amazing abilities of frankincense when taken by mice. When mice consumed a few milligrams of frankincense, multiple areas of their immune systems were boosted including interferon, IgM, and IgG. Frankincense is; therefore, effective in alleviating seasonal allergies.
To experience its healing effects, rub it behind your ears, or on your chest, or diffuse it in your home or place of work for a few hours daily.
Rejuvenate Your Gut With Apple Cider Vinegar
Your first defense against allergies should be boosting your gut health. One of the top remedies for rejuvenating your gut is apple cider vinegar. Research by life saving natural cures and natural remedies found that apple cider vinegar encourages the growth of probiotics in your gut.
These friendly bacteria are effective in fighting off allergies. Apple cider vinegar is also rich in magnesium and potassium. A deficiency of these minerals contributes to seasonal allergies.
Prick The Fever Out Of Your Body With Acupuncture
A research featured in the Annals of Inter’nal Medicine cited acupuncture as an effective treatment for hay fever. According to the study, allergy patients who attended acupuncture sessions experienced more relief from symptoms and used less medication than those who did not receive treatment.
Although it is not clear how acupuncture relieves hay fever, the most plausible explanation for now is that it prevents inflammatory immune system substances that contribute to allergic reactions.
Consume Good Bacteria To Discourage Allergies
Probiotics promote gut and immune health. When you have insufficient good bacteria in your digestive tract, bad bacteria overwhelm your system and poison your body. These bacteria release toxic and powerful buds in your blood stream.
Your immune system becomes overwhelmed and susceptible to allergies under this condition. To prove the effectiveness of probiotics, a journal, Pediatrics, found that women who consumed probiotics regularly significantly reduced the chances of their children developing allergies.
Dr. Axe recommends obtaining probiotics from soil-based organisms in supplement form or from food at your local garden, or at a farmer’s market.
Unblock Your Stuffy Nasal Passages With a Touch of Eucalyptus Oil
The strong scent of eucalyptus oil has been associated with treating sinuses and blocked nasal passages. According to research published on pubmed, eucalyptus oil contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The vapor emanating from this oil provides a menthol like sensation that improves breathing.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to steaming water and inhale. This oil is toxic in high amounts and should not be ingested or applied to the skin.
Relieve Respiratory Irritants With Saline Solution
Saline solution has proven effective in relieving upper respiratory allergies. The solution removes irritants that get trapped in the nose and promotes inflammation.
Saline solution can be acquired at your local drug store. Alternatively, you can produce a saline solution when you mix salt (one teaspoon) with some warm water and add a little bit of baking soda.
To apply the solution, bend over a sink and sniff it into one nostril at a time. Asthma patients should not use this remedy before consulting with a doctor.
Reduce Your Susceptibility By Popping A Fish Oil Supplement
Fish oil supplements are rich sources of omega 3. While omega 3 is essential for boosting brain development and memory, it has also been linked to a strong immune system.
According to a study published on the reader’s digest blog, people suffering from allergic asthma can find relief by consuming fish oil supplements.
Those who took fish oil supplements for one month in a row had low levels of leukotrienes, the chemicals that contribute to allergic asthma.
Gain Control Over Your Allergy Symptoms With Quercetin
Quercetin occurs naturally in onions, citrus fruit, green teas, and cruciferous vegetables. It is a bioflavonoid that regulates the levels of histamine in the body and naturally controls the symptoms of allergies.
In a publication on natural remedies for allergies, research had shown quercetin to be effective in calming down allergic asthma. It also helps relieve peanut allergies, one of the most dangerous fatal allergy attacks.
Various sources have recommended the use of quercetin as a preventive remedy for those susceptible to seasonal allergies. For more information on how allergies develop and how quercetin and other extracts can help with allergy symptoms, view this informative video.
Block Histamines With Nettle Leaf Tea
Nettle leaf is natural anti-histamine that inhibits the body from producing histamine. While nettle leaf can be taken as tea to boost your immune system, when fighting allergy, it is more effective to take capsules derived from dried nettle leaves.
Nettle leaf can be combined with other herbs to relieve allergies. It is commonly mixed with red raspberry leaf and peppermint leaf to form an allergy relief drink.
Inoculate Yourself With Local Honey
There is currently no concrete evidence attesting to the effectiveness of local honey in treating allergies. However, according to the deductions of Mark Sisson, one cannot ignore the anecdotal evidence from those who have successfully used it to relieve allergies.
According to health.com, consuming local honey in the area you live shields your body against the allergens in that environment. Honey; therefore, acts like a natural remedy and has so far not been associated with any side effects.
The Take Away
Allergies can be a nuisance that arises every new season. While some allergies are genetic, some develop because of immune system deficiencies. The first step towards preventing allergies is strengthening your immune system and gut.
However, when an allergy strikes, a combination of some of the remedies listed above can be effective in relieving the symptoms. You do not have to use all the remedies mentioned above, on the contrary, it is better to start small and try each one to determine the one that works for you.
As a rule of thumb, if you are uncertain about a remedy, or you are suffering from a serious condition such as asthma, you should consult a doctor for professional advice.