Spring allergies affects up to 30% of the population worldwide.
Try out some of these natural remedies for the pollen attacks.
1. Local Honey
The bees eat the pollen and produce honey containing the pollen. As you eat the honey, many people think that your immunity builds up to the pollen that’s in the air. The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. It is definitely very important to buy local honey from a trusted source as store-bought is not always pure and very likely not from your area.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps to break up mucus in the body, letting you breathe again. This vinegar also increase your potassium, which will help eliminate runny noses. The ACV helps build up your immunity to histamines and it has all sorts of good probiotics that are generally good for your body. Drink 1 Tbsp in a cup of hot water with some of that local honey and a slice of lemon.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
You can use eucalyptus oil for seasonal allergy relief in a variety of ways. Add 30 drops of eucalyptus oil to each load of wash during allergy season, especially if you or the kids are running around outside. If your allergy symptoms are going strong, mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub it on your chest and behind your ears while sleeping help you breathe easier.
4. Eat spicy food
Chewing some hot food spiced with cayenne pepper, onion and garlic, or hot ginger will help thin out your mucus and clean your respiratory system.
5. Nettle Leaf
It grows in many places and can be made in to a tincture or tea, but for allergy relief, capsules made from dried nettle leaves are the easiest and most effective option. You can mix honey and nettle seeds and it that mixture one spoon before each meal. It is natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine.
Butterbur has the best track record among herbs used for pollen allergies. Butterbur extracts are used for headaches, fever and nasal allergies, and it blocks the chemicals that can cause swelling in the nasal passages. Butterbur had similar effects to an antihistamine, but without the drowsiness. You can buy butterbur tablets in health stores or drink it as a tea.
7. Honey Ginger Tea
Give your nasal passage a break by sipping on some warm honey ginger tea. Ginger is great for taking on toxins and infections in your body and can battle the blockage in your sinus cavity. Mix together with honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar, drink and start feeling better.
Spending time outdoors can bring allergens indoors through your clothing and your hair. Showering and washing your hair before bed will help to keep allergens off of your body. If you’ve been gardening, playing at the park, or spending time outdoors, try to wash your clothing as soon as you come in to prevent the spread of pollen.