All Natural Allergy Relief Tips
Why suffer from seasonal allergies when you can use a few items from your pantry to ward off symptoms- even before they start! Most of my family suffers from seasonal allergies.... this year we are being proactive and treating them BEFORE they get terrible (the pollen is already sifting through the air, even as I speak.... and it is just the beginning of March). Here are a few proven tips to get you ready to take on this allergy season:
Apple Cider Vinegar- good for so many different ailments from digestion to weight loss! Try mixing 1 teaspoon of organic, unfiltered ACV (Braggs is a good brand) with a glass of water.... take up to 3 times per day depending on severity of symptoms. WARNING- the taste may be a turn off ,but the results are amazing!
Neti Pot Saline Rinse- my teenagers thought this was really gross until they realized how great it works! Easy to do in the shower , just make sure you rinse with sterilized water and use the saline packet included in the kit. The saline washes out any bacteria and allergens BEFORE they set up residence in your sinuses. Rinse daily to avoid allergy symptoms.
Quercetin- this is a natural plant pigment and antihistamine. It is affective in treating allergies and it also blocks high cholesterol (LDL) in the body. You can take this in supplement form as a chewable tablet- as always consult your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.
Local Honey- just like taking a natural "allergy shot" .... but with no side effects! PLUS- honey tastes good on just about everything! Try taking 1 teaspoon of honey (harvested as close to your home as possible) at least once a day ... more if needed.
Probiotics- increase the "good" bacteria in your gut by eating more fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take a high quality probiotic supplement.
Diet changes- sticking to an anti inflammatory diet plan improves many common health issues- including allergies. Eat more foods that fight inflammation : turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, greens, flax seeds, walnuts, and many more. Avoid foods that create inflammation in the body including any processed foods and foods containing gluten and sugar.
Essential Oils- make an "allergy bomb" using Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Basil, and Eucalyptus in a roller ball - apply to the bottoms of the feet. Frankincense can also defeat allergens - use it in a diffuser or add it to your laundry detergent. You can also make a chest rub by mixing a few drops of Eucalyptus with some coconut oil for nighttime relief. Lemon and Tea Tree oil can be mixed with some water and a little vinegar in a spray bottle for cleaning around the house.
Good luck with the Alabama pollen this year.... allergy season is just beginning!