Do you dread the allergy season? You are not alone. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but for those with allergies, it is a horrible season. With the sky-high pollen count, you cannot help but wish that there was no spring at all. Fortunately, you can fight the symptoms of seasonal allergies with the help of simple yet effective home remedies. These natural remedies are safe and the best part is that you will find most of the required ingredients right in your kitchen. So check out some of the best home remedies for allergies and get much-needed relief, and enjoy the pretty season!
Best Home Remedies for Allergies
Here is a look at some of the top home remedies that you can use to relieve allergies:
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
Boosting your immune system is key to treating and curing your allergies. Because your gut is where 80% of your immune system is located, you need to keep your gut healthy, and ACV works wonders for this. ACV promotes the growth of “good” bacteria, or probiotics, in the gut. It is also rich in magnesium and potassium. A deficiency of these minerals has been associated with seasonal allergies, and even asthma. Additionally, ACV helps in soothing the bronchial walls and the lungs and breaking down phlegm. Needless to say, ACV is one of the most effective natural remedies for allergies.
How to Use:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of organic ACV in 1 glass of warm water.
- Drink it 10 minutes before each meal.
- Drink this solution every day for as long as you like. ACV has many health benefits so you will not only be treating your allergies, but improving your overall health as well.
- You can also take ACV capsules if you do not like the taste of this homemade tonic.
As it is a natural antihistamine, nettle leaf is extremely effective as a natural treatment for allergies. It naturally blocks the ability of the body to produce histamine. This plant can grow in many places and you can make into a tea or tincture. However, to relieve allergies, the easiest and most effective, option is taking capsules made from dried nettle leaves.
How to Use:
- Boil nettle leaves with peppermint leaves.
- Drink it hot or cold to relieve allergies.
- Repeat 2 to 3 times a day for effective allergy relief.
- You can also make a soothing herbal tea with nettle leaf and red raspberry leaf.
- You can also add a bit of nettle to your usual herbal tea.
Although there is not much scientific evidence that proves that honey relieves allergies, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who have tried it. The theory is that when you consume local honey that is produced where you live, it helps in adapting your body to the allergens in your area’s environment. It supposedly acts as a natural allergy “shot” and the best part is that there is not seem to be a downside to it.
How to Use:
- Consume 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw, unprocessed local honey that is produced as close to where you live as possible.
- Repeat 1 or more times a day to help relieve your allergy symptoms.
- It is recommended that you start this remedy one month or so before the start of allergy season.
If you eat hot peppers regularly, it is likely that you already know that they work wonders in cleaning out the whole respiratory system. Hot chilli peppers, especially cayenne peppers, horseradish and hot mustard are incredibly effective natural decongestants and sinus clearer. Hot peppers clear up sinusitis and almost any other respiratory issue you might have. It also boosts the immune system, which as you read earlier, is important for allergy relief.
How to Use:
- The first way to use hot peppers is obviously add them to your regular diet. Just remember that if you do not eat them regularly, you should start off small and slowly increase your consumption.
- Hot peppers are also available in powder and capsule form that you can take regularly to treat your allergy problem.
- There are also allergy-relieving nasal sprays that contain hot pepper and horseradish. These sprays can be quite helpful in relieving and preventing allergies.
As you may already know, coconut oil is beneficial for gut health, and you already know that a healthy gut plays a vital role in preventing and curing allergies. This magical oil soothes the lining of the gut and promotes the growth of good bacteria, thereby improving digestion. When the flora in your gut is off-balance, it causes the body to produce more histamine, which is the worst enemy of every allergy sufferer. As coconut oil has the ability to help the growth of gut probiotics and eliminate bad bacteria, it greatly reduces the over production of histamine.
How to Use:
- Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil once a day – you can buy this at any health food store or online.
- Repeat this every day for as long as you like. Coconut oil has a plethora of health benefits so consuming it on a long-term basis is a good thing.
Used in Indian cuisine, turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin. This compound may work as a natural decongestant and helps in reducing the symptoms of allergy. It can also fight colds. According to health experts, this age-old spice seems to be as effective as some medications when it comes to treating certain conditions.
How to Use:
- Add turmeric to certain recipes in your regular diet. Not only will it give color and flavor, but also fight off allergy symptoms.
- You can also drink a glass of warm milk with a dash of turmeric powder 2 times a day.
As you can see, you do not need to use doctor-prescribed medications to fight allergies. Home remedies are natural and safe, so you do not have to worry about side effects, and they save you a lot of money as the ingredients are typically items you already have at home. Do not be afraid of allergy seasons – just use these wonderful natural remedies to fight those annoying allergies. If they do not seem to work, that would be the time to see a doctor for conventional medicine.