Posted by admin in Mar 23, 2012, under Alternative Health and Beauty
Allergy season can make life miserable for those who are allergic to pollen. Here are five simple, all-natural remedies for environmental allergies.
1. Eat local honey – Bees eat the nectar and pollen from local flowers then produce that golden deliciousness we know as honey. There’s no real scientific proof that eating local honey alleviates allergies, but some people claim that honey is like a mini allergy shot. So eat sweet! Drizzle local honey on yogurt, oatmeal, fruit, etc. You can usually find local honey at farmer’s markets or produce stands near you.
2. Nasal rinse – The Neti pot is an age-old tool used to combat sinus issues. Flushing sinuses with a warm saline solution washes away allergy-causing pollen and dust. Ready-made saline solutions are available in any pharmacy, or you can mix your own: add 3 teaspoons non-iodized salt (kosher or sea salt) and 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 quart of distilled water. Use 8 ounces of solution at a time. A squeeze bottle works just as well as a Neti pot. Tip head to one side, slowly pour water into one nostril and let it drain out the other. Repeat with other nostril.
3. Cool mist humidifier – The mist expelled by a humidifier binds to the pollen and dust in the air, weighing them down and forcing them to fall to the floor rather than being inhaled. So keep that humidifier handy during peak allergy seasons.
4. Stinging Nettle tea – This herb is a natural antihistamine. To assure that enough of the medicinal oils are extracted from the leaves, pour boiling water over the tea bag, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Sweeten (with local honey, of course) and enjoy!
5. Quercetin – This is a substance found in the skin of apples and onions. It’s a natural antihistamine and can be found in pill form in natural food stores and some pharmacies. Follow directions on the label. Call your doctor to make sure quercetin won’t react with other medications you’re taking. Warning: quercetin may cause a problem for those taking antidepressants and thyroid medications. Talk to your doctor.