When you are exposed to allergy inducing grasses or pollen, your body responds by producing histamine, which leads to all the awful allergy symptoms many of us have come to dread. By taking an anti-histamine – preferably before exposure to allergens – your cells are able to resist the binding of histamine, which then spares you from experiencing these dreadful symptoms. Whenever possible, I always prefer to use natural alternatives over medications. Here are some great natural alternatives you can use this allergy season.
Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s not the best tasting stuff on the planet, but it has powerful health benefits, including aiding digestion, supporting weight loss and thinning mucous. Its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. To use, take a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “The Mother” (the mother is important), pour into a glass of water and drank this three times a day.
Neti Pot or Xlear Nasal Rinse/Spray
Flushing the nose out with a sterile solution helps remove allergens, which in turn reduces allergy symptoms. I like xlear nasal spray better than saline spray, as the xlear contains xylitol which helps keeps tissues moistened, rather than drying out as saline can.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can be very effective because it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It can be made into a tincture, tea or capsules. Personally, I prefer capsules as they’re just easier. Nettle leaf can be mixed with peppermint leaf or red raspberry leaf to make a refreshing allergy relief tea.
Local, Raw Honey
It is said that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. Almost like a natural allergy “shot” because it exposes your system to small amounts of the allergens so your body can build up tolerance. Enjoy a teaspoon or more of raw, local honey from as close to where you live as possible – start doing this one month before allergy season to see the most benefits.
Allergies are caused by an imbalance in our immune systems that causes our body to react too strongly to external stimuli. Therefore, it stands to reason that healing our gut with healthy bacteria can help to reduce our reaction to allergens. Fermented foods, probiotic powders/capsules and drinks like Kombucha or Kimchi can be great for supporting a healthy gut.
Lavender Essential Oils
Lavender essential oil is a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory. . . which is exactly what you want to safely and effectively conquer your seasonal allergies. Not only does it have great benefits for dealing with allergies, but it smells great too! You can diffusing lavender at bedside while sleeping, applying lavender to the soles of the feet, rubbing lavender on the face after washing, taking lavender orally in capsules. I use Young Living brand, therapeutic grade oils.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan salt lamps can help clear the air of impurities. They also look naturally beautiful and are very peaceful, which I just love! Salt lamps are a nice (and attractive) way to keep the air in your home clear of impurities. Simply turn it on and let it get to work while you bask in its soft glow!
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