Here are several things that I have personally found to be enormously helpful for naturally reducing my seasonal allergies.
1. Neti Pot Used for thousands of years, neti pots help to gently flush debris and allergens out the sinus cavity can aid in allergy relief. I was initially very resistant to using a neti pot. I was sure that I was going to drown as I choked on the water going down my throat. Once I learned how to correctly use the neti pot, I experienced a significant relief not only in my allergy symptoms but also noticed a significant reduction in the number of sinus infections that I was getting. I became a believer and a regular neti pot user! You can purchase a neti pot at most health food stores and at most drugstores in the allergy section. Mix a quarter to a half teaspoon of non-iodized table salt with one cup of lukewarm water and pour it into the pot. Lean over a sink and then tilt your head to the side (as though you were getting a drink from the faucet). At this point, put the neti pot’s spout in one nostril and slowly pour. The water will drain out the other nostril. Gently blow your nose. Switch sides and repeat, alternating nostrils. Blow your nose when you’re finished to completely clean out your nasal passageways.
2. Essential Oils
There are literally hundreds of essential oils available today. Many of them are amazing when it comes to dealing naturally with seasonal allergy issues. Essential oils are the liquid that is found in leaves, stems, bark or even the seeds of a plant when gently distilled. The oils are essential to the life of the plant. They carry vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the plant. Only use therapeutic grade oils. I only use Young Living Essential Oils.
- Quercetin Quercetin is an incredible antioxidant found in your food. When it comes to allergies, it has the ability to help prevent cells from releasing histamine. Onions, citrus fruits, parsley, broccoli and apples are a few examples of quercetin sources. You can also ingest it as a supplement; use about 1,000 milligrams for it to be most effective.
4. Omega-3s and other allergy-fighting foods Studies have found that people who ate foods high in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to experience annoying allergy symptoms than people who didn’t eat them. Foods like cold-water fish, walnuts and flax seeds are ideal omega-3 sources. Additionally, adding a small amount of horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard to foods can temporarily reduce congestion.
5. Stinging Nettle This weed is known as Urtica dioica. It is found throughout the United States and has been found to be effective in blocking histamine production. It’s usually available in the form of a capsule made from freeze-dried extract of the leaves. 300 milligrams daily is usually best to obtain the most relief.
6. Pro-biotics It is now believed that many people could greatly reduce their allergic responses by rebuilding their natural gut flora through the use of good quality probiotics. Poor food choices and use of antibiotics can destroy the natural flora found in the gut which can lead to leaky gut syndrome which is believed to be a contributor to excessive allergies.
7. Local Honey Many people find that consuming locally grown raw honey can help build up their body which can reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Other easy ways to reduce allergy symptoms
Additional ways to keep seasonal allergies at bay include keeping the windows closed while driving and not using window fans to cool rooms. In both instances, pollen is drawn inside, where it can cause an allergic reaction. The American Academy of Otolaryngology suggests wearing a dust mask when mowing outside or cleaning indoors. Regularly change filters in air conditioners, heating and vacuum systems, and removing carpets from bedrooms. Sources for this article include: MotherEarthNews.com MayoClinic.org ENTNet.org Science.NaturalNews.com