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Watery eyes, swollen face, shortness of breath. You may feel like you’ve been gobsmacked Mike Tyson style by the onset of the summer allergy season. But you’re not down for the count just yet. So if you’re ready to bounce back – without the aid of side effect-laden pharmaceuticals, give your hay fever a haymaker with these natural home remedies.
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Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar seems to be a magic cure-all, and healing the symptoms of seasonal allergies is just one of its many benefits. This tends to be one of the most popular homeopathic allergy remedies on the market since it is known for it’s ability to actually cleanse the lymphatic system. The best way to use this as an allergy remedy would be to mix a small amount of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it. Many people say this has been known to stave off allergy attacks. As someone who has done this multiple times, some advice would be that you might want to add some organic local honey to offset the bitterness of the ACV.
Regularly consuming local honey helps to desensitize your immune system to the pollen in your area. Eat 1-2 tablespoons of local honey (raw and organic) whenever possible everyday. Try mixing it in your morning tea, smeared onto bread for a quick and healthy snack, or simply on a spoon when you’re craving something sweet.
Stinging Nettle Leaf:
This herb acts similarly to a perception antihistamine without the negative side effects. It contains anti-inflammatory substances and flavonoids, which helps prevent allergic responses, such as rashes, itchiness, and swelling from happening. The best way to take stinging nettle is in the form of a strong tea brewed for at least 10 minutes. Take 300 to 500 mg daily.
Quercetin is a type of natural bioflavanoid that actually stabilizes the mast cells within the body to prevent them from releasing histamines, which actually cause the flu-like symptoms most people associate with allergies. It is found naturally in fruits and vegetables- particularly in the skin of red apples and the outer layers of onions. The most beneficial way of taking quercetin is with Vitamin C and bromelain, which is an enzyme derived from pineapple stems. Taking this combination also provides immune support and can be taken if you’re showing signs of a cold.
Green tea is packed with a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient called Epigallocatechin Gallate, which inhibits the cell receptors included in activating allergic responses, such as watery eyes, sneezing and cough, making this commonly used tea an active antihistamine. Having at least 1-2 cups a day is suggested. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, add matcha powder (powdered green tea) to your fruit smoothies!
Flushing your nasal passages is something that you should include in your attempt to quell allergies. By using a Neti pot, which is a small ceramic dish shaped a bit like a gravy boat, you can flush your sinuses with a salt-water solution. Simply lean over a sink and tilt your head to the side to pour the water into one nostril and allow it to run out the other nostril. It may take some practice but it is an excellent way to cleanse and eliminate mucous and microbes.
Fish oil is most commonly recognized for it’s immune boosting properties. It’s high concentration of Omega-3 Fatty Acids reduces the production of inflammatory chemicals in your body. An easy way to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3s is by taking a 2,000 mg supplement per day. If you’re not interested in taking a supplement, Omega-3 fatty acids are prevalent in cold-water fish (salmon, haddock, and cod), walnuts, grass-fed beef, eggs, and flax seed.
Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, which is a plant polyphenol that has been shown to minimize allergic reactions. It works by suppressing allergic immunoglobulin responses and leukocytes, which cause inflammation. Adding rosemary to your dishes is just another simple way to help fight allergies this season.
Hopefully, these natural remedies will K.O. (knock out!) those allergies and help you to start enjoying the summer and feeling like a normal functioning human again. I’d love to know if any of these suggestions work for you or if you have a favorite, go-to natural allergy remedy that wasn’t featured on this list!