Allergies plague millions of people, and many only get marginal relief from drugs, which can also have frustrating side effects. Natural allergy remedies, however, often have fewer to no side effects and work miraculously in combating these seasonal allergies. Want relief from seasonal allergies without relying on pharmaceuticals? This post provides home remedies for seasonal allergies:
REISHI MUSHROOMS: Studies have shown the reishi mushrooms may be affective against allergic reactions as well as other health problems. Reishi reduces symptoms of seasonal allergies by acting as an expectorant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agent. In addition, the ganoderic acids contain anti-allergenic agents that inhibit histamine release and improve liver functions. Anti-allergenic properties are also found in the immune-boosting ling zhi-8 protein.
SPICES: Turmeric is one spice that relieves inflammation. Cinnamon and licorice root (most commonly used in teas) may also ease breathing. Onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish, hot peppers, hot mustard – if it’s strong enough to make you pay attention to the flavour, chances are it has compounds such as sulphur, quercetin and other anti-inflammatories.
HONEY: Local, raw honey is a wonderful allergy fighter for many people. Consuming 3 tablespoons per day can increase the immunity and help combat allergies. It is supposed to work because the gradual intake of local pollen will help build up your immunity before the symptoms start, thereby providing relief when the season actually hits.
VITAMIN C (CITRUS FRUITS): Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, antioxidant and antitoxin. If combined with honey, it can give better results. Some of the best food sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemons; papaya, bell peppers, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (sauerkraut and kimchi are great!), strawberries, pineapples, kiwifruit and cantaloupe.
FLAVONOIDS: Flavonoids are mostly found in plants. Some of the best food sources of flavonoids include: apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans, and tomatoes. Flavonoids also enhance the effects of vitamin C.
AROMATHERAPHY AND ESSENTIAL OILS: Mint oils and heat from mint tea or inhaling mint steam help to relax airways and may make breathing easier. Lavender, eucalyptus, rose or peppermint essential oils can be used for hay fever symptoms.
RED ONION WATER: Onions contain a water-soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been demonstrated in preliminary studies to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. Thinly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times daily. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like.
- Be aware that line drying your clothes can contribute to allergies as all of the pollen sailing around sticks to it (and consequently, sticks to you.)
- If you simply must open your window, don’t fling it open all the way. Allergens will fly into the house and settle on everything.
- At the end of the day, briefly rinse off with cool water. Doing so will rinse any pollen stuck in your hair or on your skin off, and also ensures you don’t transfer a bunch to your bedding!