This is the time to get allergies, am I right? Just about everyone is coming down with the pesky symptoms such as runny noses and itchy eyes. So, of course, this is the best time to discuss natural allergy relief remedies!
Which is exactly why I decided to write this article now while many of us are in the middle of getting hit by allergy season. So here are eight natural allergy relief remedies to better arm you for those bothersome symptoms.
Allergies might seem like a less important health issue to worry yourself over, but allergies can be very unpleasant to deal with. Especially when they hit you out of the blue entirely unprepared!
That’s exactly what happened to me several weeks ago as I was just going along minding my own business. Then smack! I was hit with itchy eyes, congestion and the ever-present threat of a sinus infection.
So, in this article I am talking about eight natural allergy relief remedies. Some that I have personally found to be effective and some that others have found great relief from.
Disclaimer: I am not a health care practitioner or a doctor. The information in this post is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal health care advice in any way. I am not liable for any damages resulting from using the information included in this article. It is always best to consult a health care professional for advice on your own personal health needs.
Natural Allergy Relief Remedies and How to Use Them
In the spirit of being a busy person who doesn’t have time for any extra fuss this list is compiled of low stress remedies. All being something that most of us can slide into our daily routines without much fuss or hassle.
How you apply these remedies to your life is completely up to you for the most part. These natural allergy relief remedies are easy to fit to your personal lifestyle. And you most certainly don’t have to be a health care specialist to do it!
Raw Local Honey
Are you experiencing that first dreaded hit of allergy like symptoms? You know the ones that make you feel like you’re coming down with the nastiest cold?
Try grabbing a bottle of local honey from your farmers market. There may even be a few brands of raw local honey at your grocery store. Just make sure that it is raw otherwise all of the good stuff will have been removed.
The research on whether or not local honey treats allergies is inconclusive, but many people have found relief from it.
Try taking a spoon full of raw local honey a day for a few weeks and see how you feel.
Eat Raw Garlic
Now this is a natural allergy relief remedy that I would recommend the highest! In fact I have an article dedicated to why you should be eating raw garlic.
To read more information check out this article on Why You Should be Eating Raw Garlic!
I have seen wonderful results from consuming raw garlic for allergies and I now do it on a regular basis to keep those pesky symptoms at bay.
Raw garlic contains a natural antihistamine called quercetin and can help to boost your immune system.
Raw garlic is a wonderful natural decongestant and contains allicin which helps to thin mucus build up.
You can try my method which is to use a citrus zester to zest one garlic clove segment and combine it with enough olive oil to completely coat all of it. Then you just down it like a shot and wash it down with plenty of water.
The garlic has to be eaten raw and within ten minutes of zesting in order to maintain the allicin!
As another option you could try out these garlic capsules which are made to preserve the allicin.
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Essential Oil Diffuser
Another remedy that I whole heartedly recommend is to use an essential oil diffuser. If you want to know where the best places to find affordable essential oils are check out this article on Where to Buy Essential Oils on a Budget!
Peppermint essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil have been proven to greatly help allergies and clearing up congestion. But lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil and tea tree essential oil can all be used as well.
Plus, the added moisture from the essential oil diffuser will help to reduce congestion and moisten your nasal passages which can help with irritation.
Using an essential oil diffuser at night is especially handy as it can help you to sleep better by relieving sinus congestion and making breathing easier.
If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser this essential oil diffuser would be a wonderful option to try out!
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Herbal teas are another very easy and effective way to ease the symptoms of allergies.
One of the most well know herb for allergy relief is stinging nettle leaf. It is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the sinuses and lungs. And if you only use on herbal tea for allergies this is the one to use!
Other herbs for allergies include mullein which is wonderful for all kinds of lung and sinus issues. Such as sinus infections, seasonal allergies, congestion and asthma.
Red clover is also an herb that I would reach for when it comes to allergy relief as its sooths the mucus membranes and keeps sinus infections at bay.
This is a more common natural allergy relief remedy that many of you have probably already heard of.
I will confess that I was not able to use this remedy as I just couldn’t bare the feeling of a nasal rinse. It took me back to those traumatizing swimming lessons where I breathed in more pool water than air.
But if you can bare the sensation you will most likely find nasal rinses to be very beneficial in reducing your allergy symptoms.
Nasal rinses help to relieve congestion and sooth dry nasal passages. Cleaning up any particles of dust or pollen in your nose that are inflaming your allergies.
I would recommend using a neti pot which is made specifically for the purpose of nasal rinses and following the directions very closely.
If you want to try out nasal rinsing this neti pot is an affordable option.
Using a hassle free essential oil diffuser is also a good way of cleansing your sinuses by introducing moisture to the air.
This might seem like a weird remedy to be offering for allergies, but I have found facial massages to be very beneficial for many things recently.
Oftentimes when you have allergies with bad congestion it can create quite a deal of pain as your face feels tight and tense. This can result in getting headaches from allergies as pressure builds.
Anytime you feel this pressure that starts to create a dull pain try taking a light oil such as almond oil or a facial oil to massage your face with.
Use stroking motions outwards on your forehead and cheek bones. Focusing mainly around your eyes and nose gently encouraging the tension away.
You can do this as it feels necessary. Especially before you go to bed if you feel very congested or as if there is pressure behind your eyes.
Jade rolling might also be effective in place of massaging with your hands. You can learn more about how to jade roll in this article on What Do Jade Rollers Do.
Local Bee Pollen
Another very good way to relieve allergy symptoms is to ingest bee pollen.
Though I don’t recommend using much of it for ethical reasons, bee pollen can be a very effective remedy.
You will want to purchase it locally in order to build up a tolerance to your local allergens that you are sensitive to.
Local honey is a good alternative to bee pollen but there is no way to test how much pollen your honey contains. So, if it seems like the honey isn’t helping you might want to try the bee pollen instead.
You can take it as it is or sprinkle it on food as it usually wont taste like much.
Keep Everything Clean
This is an allergy solution that I think can easily go overlooked and that is to simply keep everything clean. Your home, your cloths, your dog and yourself!
Wash items regularly that you come into close contact with such as bed cloths, towels and your cloths.
Make sure to take a shower morning and evening to wash off any particles of pollen that might have attached to you throughout the day. And give any animals that go outside a regular bath even if it’s just a rinse off.
You can also purchase an air purifier that can capture dust particles and pollen out of the air.
As you can see there are several effective home remedies for reducing the severity of allergies.
You can simply pick and choose what would work best for you and see what provides you with the best results.
These remedies are all much safer and gentler options than over the counter allergy medications and can provide you with just as much relief if not more.
Have you tried any of these natural allergy relief remedies? And if you did how did they work for you or do you have your own remedies to share?
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