An allergic reaction, in summary, is when your immune system overreacts to substances called allergens, that are most often not life-threatening. The heavy-hitters of allergic reactions include:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
- Mold Spores
- Insect Stings
And these allergies can have a number of symptoms such as:
- Swelling A
Doctors usually treat these allergies with a variety of medications or allergy shots. However, there are plenty of natural remedies for allergies that you might consider since they’re…well, natural.
The absolute best natural remedy for allergies is avoidance, in cases where this is possible such as food. Natural healers and doctors alike will suggest this first. That being said, some allergens are a lot harder to avoid than others. If that’s the case, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. They’ll pinpoint what’s causing the symptoms, then you can consider a home remedy to deal with the allergies if it can’t be easily avoided.
I’ve compiled a list of seven awesome natural remedies for allergies to get you through those annoying sniffles:
Butterbur (Pestasites hybridus) is a type of herb that is well-respected in the medical world for its ability to provide migraine relief. Recently, it’s been known to significantly improve allergy symptoms as well.
In fact, in a 2003 study, butterbur was found to be just as effective against itchy eyes as a commonly used antihistamine. Researchers have also concluded that Butterbur is a smart choice for anyone wanting to improve their allergy symptoms without the sedative effects of most antihistamines.
Bromelain is a special enzyme that you can find in papayas and pineapples. It’s considered by natural healers to be very effective at improving breathing because of its ability to reduce nasal swelling and thin mucus.
Bromelain is often marketed as a natural remedy for conditions such as arthritis. It’s mostly used for the treatment of inflammation and swelling of the nose and sinuses. Better go stock up on pineapple juice before pollen season begins.
3. Raw Honey
There’s no scientific evidence to prove that honey is an effective natural remedy for allergies, but here’s a very effective argument supporting raw honey’s benefits.
Basically, what this theory tells us is that consuming raw honey lowers your allergic reaction over time to the pollen that bees collect to make their honey. All
This blue-green algae is well known in the medical community for its immune-supportive abilities. Recent studies even show that it’s highly effective in relieving allergy symptoms. Spirulina reduces runny noses, sneezing, nasal congestion, and itching! That’s a lot of good coming from one algae!
5. Stinging Nettle
Natural healing practitioners suggest using stinging nettle as a natural antihistamine. Stinging nettles possess anti-inflammatory abilities that have long been used to treat eczema, arthritis and gout.
Usually consumed by making a tea, it may also affect the sneezing and itching that comes with hay fever. This could be because the herb reduces the amount of histamine that the body releases in response to an allergen.
Stinging nettle is available in many forms: dried leaf, freeze-dried, extract, capsules, tablets, even topical ointments
6. Peppermint Essential Oil
In 1998, there was a study showing how peppermint oil treatment had enough anti-inflammatory effects to reduce symptoms of bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis. And, since it’s an essential oil, it can be diffused into the air or diluted in a carrier oil to apply topically.
Peppermint oil is probably the best essential oil for treating allergies that show up as skin rashes. This is because of its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.
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7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
One of Eucalyptus oil’s main uses is to open up the lungs and sinuses. This is perfect for allergy season because it improves circulation in the body and boosts your immune system. Studies show an airflow improvement in the nose because the oil produces a cold sensation.
Not only does eucalyptus oil contain anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, which helps cleanse the body of toxins that act as allergens. Just like peppermint oil, this essential oil can be diffused into the air or combined with a carrier oil to apply topically to the chest and temples.
Or, if you want to clear those stuffed nasal passages, add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil to a cup of boiling water, then place a towel over your head and inhale from the cup deeply for about 5-10 minutes.