When it comes to home remedies for seasonal allergies there is a lot of noise about local raw honey preventing them. Honey really does a great work when it comes to these seasonal allergies, but there are more.
A runny nose, itchy eyes, and the annoying feeling of not being able to sneeze can all be attributed the rise in Pollen count leading to allergies which are common because of a shift in weather conditions, and there are plenty of other remedies you can try at home to help soothe common symptoms of these seasonal allergies.
Nettle is an incredible herb used in relieving arthritis, lowering blood pressure, and helping seasonal allergies. It performs a wide variety of functions. The peppermint contains a type of flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can aid inhibit the activity and secretion of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines, and greatly reduce the awful discomfort that comes along them.
You will need a teaspoon of dried peppermint or ¼ cup of chopped fresh peppermint.
A teaspoon of dried nettle leaf or ¼ cup of chopped fresh nettle leaf.
8 ounces of fresh water, Honey, and lemon to taste (optional)
It doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe! Place the nettle and peppermint in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep them for 10-15 minutes, strain; add honey to taste, and drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.
If local honey isn’t doing the job for you, try bee pollen. Starting the dosage in small amounts and progressively increasing it daily will help build up your immunity to the pollen in your area.
This is medically known as “the hygiene hypothesis”, in which childhood exposure to germs and bacteria are important to you developing an immune system that can help handle those same things down the line.
In this situation, you expose yourself to allergens before allergy season so your system doesn’t take a massive blow when the air fills with pollen.
There are two important parts to this remedy. Firstly, you have to be certain that you are not anaphylactic or severely allergic to bees, or so allergic to pollen that you experience anaphylaxis.
Secondly, you have to make use of the local pollen. This will not work unless the pollen is local, as your body needs to build up a tolerance to the plants in the area. You also need to make sure that the pollen gotten is from a good source, and free from insecticides.
They come in 3 forms (granules, capsules, and powder). Bee pollen is crispy, musty, and very floral-enjoy it plain or sprinkle some over yogurt or oatmeal in the morning.
You will need a local bee pollen granules
Start taking pollen 5 months before your allergies flare (for example January if they start in April.) Start with 1 or 2 granules under the tongue and let them dissolve or chew them. The next day increases the dosage by 1 granule.
Continue this until you feel confident that you will not have a reaction (I recommend doing this for about 2 weeks.) If you experience no adverse reaction, you can take up to 1 tablespoon daily throughout allergy season.
Since many allergies records are highest in the spring and summer, they happen to coincide with warm, sunny days that you want to relish by frolicking in the great outdoors. As healing as tea is, sometimes you just need that tart, cool, refreshing drink by your side.
This citrus filled drink contains a lot of vitamin C, which can provide aid from seasonal allergies, thanks to its wonderful ability to nourish the immune system. Since the immune system is struggling to work properly when you experience allergies, the benefits of this are clear.
You will need a half sliced lemon, 2 oranges and a tablespoon of local, raw, organic honey.
Squeeze the juice from the lemon and oranges and cool for 1-2 hours. Mix in the honey, add some ice cubes and drink daily.
Red Onion Water
Onions contain a water-soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been shown in preliminary studies to lessen the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies.
It is, essentially, nature’s form of an anti-histamine. Quercetin itself has also been shown to inhibit swelling, as well as act as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier.
You will need a red onion, 4 cups of water and Organic, raw, honey to taste.
Lightly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times every day. It will save in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like (personally recommended.)
Apple and Walnut
Walnuts are a daily snack that you can enjoy to help soothe allergy symptoms. Walnuts are also high in magnesium and can help tamp down any wheezing or coughing.
Walnut vitamin E content can help boost immunity and protect the body from reacting to allergens. Apples, like onions, contain quercetin, and naturally, decrease the production of histamine.
You will need a half or a full cup of walnuts and 1 apple
Slice the walnuts and cut the apple into medium-small chunks. Put both in a bag and stir until thoroughly mixed. You can also add some other little tasty ingredients if you like-like dried cherries and sunflower seeds.
Be aware that line used in drying your clothes can contribute to allergies as all of the pollen floating around sticks to it (and consequently, sticks to you.)
In case you need to open your window, don’t fling it open all the way because allergens can fly into the house and settle on everything.
At the end of the day, briefly wash off with cool water. Doing so will rinse any pollen trapped in your hair or on your skin off, and also ensures you don’t transfer a bunch to your bedding.