10 Great Natural Allergy Remedies

November 12, 2012

10 Great Natural Allergy Remedies

Many people suffer from allergies, whether they are seasonal or year round. For those who don’t want to take conventional medications or find them to be ineffective, why not try one of these alternative natural allergy remedies and see if they can provide you with some relief.

Saline nasal rinse

A saline nasal rinse is one of the most popular natural allergy remedies all over the world. Washing your sinuses out with a salt-water solution helps to get rid of allergens and irritants. You can buy a ready-made solution or mix your own using 1-quart of distilled water, 2-3 tsp of non-iodised salt and 1 tsp of baking soda. Put some of the mixture in a drip bottle and put a few drops into one nostril, with your head tilted forward and leaning over a sink. Then let the mixture drain out of the other nostril and repeat the process the other way round.

Cool-mist humidifier

Using a cool-mist humidifier is another great option of natural allergy remedies. Particularly when the air is cool during the night, a humidifier can effectively reduce the allergens in the air. It works through water droplets released into the air, which the allergens attach to, increasing the weight and making them fall to the floor. This way they cannot be inhaled.

Air purifier

An air purifier with a HEPA filter is another option and is great in the bedroom and is able to remove pollen and spores from the air so there is less to inhale.

Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation is one of the best natural allergy remedies when it comes to relieving congestion. Add some essential oils such as eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil or a combination of them all to a bowl of boiling water. Use a towel covering your head and put your face as close to the surface of the water as you can without burning yourself. Breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes and repeat the process two or three times a day.

Probiotics

Probiotics are the “good bacteria” found in foods such as plain yoghurt. They are great for maintaining a healthy immune system, which will help to reduce allergy symptoms.

Honey

Honey, although there is not much scientific proof, is believed by many to provide very effective natural allergy remedies. Many say that eating honey that was produced locally is similar to having an allergy shot as the bees ate the pollen, that is causing your symptoms and you are then consuming it yourself.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a substance found in the skin or onions and apples. It is available as supplement and 300 mg 3 times a day is recommended during allergy season. Alternatively you take a combination supplement such as Aller-C, which contains quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C. It is wise to check with your doctor before taking any supplements, especially is you are using other medications, as there can be some interference.

Stinging nettle leaf

Stinging nettle leaf is another of the great natural allergy remedies. It is found in many natural allergy medications and supplements or it can be taken by itself in the form of hot tea. Pour boiling water over the tea bag and leave it for around 15 minutes so that all of the beneficial oils can seep into the water.

Homeopathic treatments

Homeopathic treatments use small amount of flower and herb essences, which are taken orally in the form of tiny tablets that are left to dissolve under the tongue. Euphrasia is very effective for itchy eyes and Allium cepa is recommended for a runny nose. Try one at a time and see if either of them works well for you.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is also a popular remedy and seems to work well to alleviate allergy symptoms. It seems to be the most effective if you begin having treatments around a month before allergy season.

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