Whether your allergy symptoms stem from food or environmental sources, there are many remedies and products that can be used in place of over-the-counter drugs that have questionable health qualities that may harm your health. These natural allergy relief products will be much more gentle and natural for your body so that you can promote a state of well-being that is free of chemical drugs. There are hundreds of age-old methods that your great-grandparents, as well as the cavemen, used to control their allergies, but I will highlight some of the most popular and effective natural allergy relief products for reducing your symptoms and clearing allergies.
Natural Allergy Relief Products
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Apple Cider Vinegar
This is an age old remedy recommended for a plethora of health conditions. I have personally used it for allergy relief(food and seasonal) with great success. The idea is that it has the ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system, which makes it very useful when these allergy symptoms are an issue. It also helps with digestion, weight loss and more so it is definitely worth a try if you’ve never added it to your diet.
When I have allergies, I mix a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered and raw apple cider vinegar with “The Mother”(probiotic colonies) into a glass of water and drink this with or without meals. This drink is a beneficial prebiotic that also helps maintain an environment in the intestines that promotes growth of helpful bacteria rather than diseases, viruses, and yeast. Check the label and make sure it is organic, unfiltered and raw for maximum health benefit.
Net Pot and Salines Rinse
Using a Neti Pot filled with saline solution will flush out the sinuses of allergens and irritation. Blowing your nose can be very painful when repeated throughout the day and this is unnatural and drying. Flushing with salt water will effectively remove excess fluid and leave you feeling clear for much longer than what blowing your nose into a tissue can do. This will also provide moisture to your sinuses rather than drying.
What you can do is dissolve a teaspoon of Himalayan pink or sea salt in a quart of boiled water. Cool this completely and put it in the Neti pot. Pour through one nostril at a time and let it drain out the other.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can block the body’s ability to produce histamine, an inflammatory chemical. It grows in many places around the word and can be used in a tincture or tea. However, taking capsules made from the dry leaves are the easiest and most effective for allergy symptoms. It can be used in combination with other herbs or supplements to make a soothing tea to clear your allergies. When mixed with peppermint or raspberry, the result is a very refreshing allergy relief tea.
This subject is rather controversial and not backed by much science, but the premise does make sense to me and it is worth an experiment. Anecdotal evidence from people that have tried it have said that local honey produced from around your area will contain trace amounts of allergens that are found in the environment there. Kind of like getting vaccinated, it is sort of like getting immunized to a short dose of the allergen rather than getting overwhelmed with it during the seasons or with a food. There doesn’t seem to be a downside to this because honey is a healthy, delicious alternative to refined sugar.
What I like to do is consume a teaspoon of raw, unprocessed local honey from as close to where you live as possible and mix it in my morning tea. It is suggested to start this a month or so during the seasonal allergy season.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that will help normalize mast cells and prevent them from releasing histamine, an inflammatory chemical produced by the body. It is also an antioxidant that provides anti-inflammatory relief. This compound can be found in foods naturally from lemons and broccoli but a supplement will be much more helpful in preventing allergies or reducing symptoms. This supplement is not for pregnant women or if you have a liver problem.
If all natural allergy relief products and supplements have failed for you, then perhaps there is a problem with your lifestyle that is preventing you from reaching your full potential. A diet specialized in relieving allergy symptoms may work for you like the GAPS diet, which has relieved severe allergy symptoms in children. I would recommend this option above all else because change in diet can heal your gut and rebalance your body to the state that it needs to function naturally and properly.