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If you suffer from allergies, you know how aggravating and concerning they can be. Allergies can flare up as a reaction to dust, pet dander, cosmetic items, foods, and grass or flowers. Fortunately, you don’t have to solely rely on allergy pills and nasal sprays to get relief from the runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, and sneezing that comes with allergies. Here are a few natural remedies to keep your allergies under control.
Taking supplements that will reduce inflammation and make you feel better if you’re having an allergic reaction. Quercetin, which is a natural chemical that has an antihistamine effect on the body, keeps histamine levels in check. You can find quercetin in foods like apples and onions, or consume it in the form of tea or red wine. You can also visit your local health food store to purchase a quercetin supplement.
Bromelain is another helpful supplement to add to your natural homeopathic allergy remedies. This is an enzyme extracted from pineapple that eases inflammation in the nasal cavity. Bromelain also makes the mucus thinner to reduce congestion.
It may also be helpful for you to take probiotics to boost your immune system, which will protect you against allergic rhinitis symptoms.
In addition to these supplements, you can take butterbur when you’ll be outdoors for extended periods of time. Butterbur is a marsh plant that has been proven to reduce the severity or frequency of migraines that are often associated with allergic reactions. The herb can also reduce sneezing or a runny nose. Research also indicates that people who have allergies noticed any improvement in their symptoms after taking butterbur. This supplement can be taken in a pill or as an oil extract.
You may also want to try stinging nettle, which acts as an herbal antihistamine. A 2020 study revealed that 58% of those who participated in the study experienced symptom relief when using freeze-dried nettles. Sixty-nine of the participants stated that stinging nettle worked better than the placebo. Stinging nettle can be found at most health food stores. It’s best to take about 300 daily for the best results.
If you have a chronic condition like hypertension and diabetes or are currently taking medication, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your regimen.
Nasal Irrigation and Essential Oils
If you want to get rid of nasal swelling and congestion, try using nasal washes or a neti pot to reduce swelling and thin mucus. If you’re using a neti pot, be sure to keep the pot and all equipment clean and follow the package directions. To make the nasal wash, combine three tablespoons of iodine-free salt and a teaspoon of baking soda. Add the solution to distilled lukewarm water.
You can also use essential oils to get rid of allergy symptoms. Eucalyptus oil removes bacteria from the body and opens the airways. You can add the oil to your laundry detergent for relief during allergy season. Frankincense oil can also get rid of the swelling and nasal discomfort associated with allergies. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil like avocado or olive oil and place the solution behind your ears. Or, you can place the oil in a diffuser so you can safely inhale it.
Adding Allergy-Friendly Foods to Your Diet
There are also some foods you can easily include in your diet to reduce allergic reactions. Take a teaspoon of honey to soothe an irritated throat and reduce coughing. This remedy is effective year-round. It’s also a good idea to eat spicy food every now and then to clear chest and nasal congestion and make mucus thinner.
Homeopathic treatments for allergies have been proven effective, but you should still discuss these remedies with your doctor before you may them part of your allergy management routine. These homeopathic treatments, whether used alone or with traditional medications, can help build your immune system so you won’t be as affected by allergies. You may want to alternate between natural and prescription medication to keep your body from becoming immune to your allergy treatments. When you’re able to work, attend school, or spend time with loved ones without worrying about an allergy flare-up, you can get back to doing the things you love.