Spring has arrived and with it, so have brutal, and sometimes unbearable allergies. If you’ve been battling watery eyes, itchy nose, and non-stop sneezing, here are 7 natural remedies for seasonal allergies that might help!
7 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has long been touted as beneficial for allergy sufferers. While there are not many studies on the efficacy of ACV for allergies, there are studies on animals that suggest ACV can reduce inflammation, which may help make allergy attacks more manageable.
To use ACV daily: drink one tablespoon straight, or add it to a cup of hot water with some local honey.
Allergies happen when your immune system is out of proportion to the antigenic stimuli. In two studies on probiotics and allergies, infants given protiobics saw a long-term reduction in allergies and eczema. And this study suggests that probiotic bacteria is a safe and natural strategy for prevention and treatment of allergies.
In addition to battling allergies, probiotics help keep your digestive system running smoothly with the help of good bacteria.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that works by inserting very thin needles into a person’s skin at very specific points and depths on the body. It’s used to treat pain, blood pressure problems, and as it turns out, allergies.
This study review shows that acupuncture is a cost-effective, evidence-based therapy for allergy relief and asthma.
Stinging nettle is a plant with roots that have beneficial properties. It is used for join ailments, as a diuretic, and as an astringent. It may even help allergy sufferers.
Although the results are limited, in this study, patients who took stinging nettle root extract showed a significant improvement in clinical symptom severity of allergies.
Ty use stinging nettles: steep nettles in a cup hot water, adding in a little honey for a sweetener (and additional allergy protection!).
Bees create honey from the plants around them, leaving trace amounts of the pollen from those plants. When we eat local honey, it tells our body that the trace amounts of those allergens isn’t deadly, which can help dampen our body’s response to those allergens.
In this study, forty patients suffering from allergic rhinitis (hay fever) were split into two groups – one as a control group, and the other was the case group, which received daily doses of honey. At the end of week 8, the case group showed a significant improvement in symptoms. The study concluded that honey ingestion could serve as a complimentary therapy for allergic rhinitis.
To use local honey daily: Enjoy 1 – 2 tablespoons of honey daily.
Nasal irrigation is done by mixing a saline solution and inserting it into the nasal cavity to thin mucus and clean out allergens and bacteria.
This study showed patients suffering from allergies experienced a significant improvement in nasal symptoms, reduction in medicine consumption, and improvement in quality of life when using nasal irrigation.
To use nasal irrigation: here’s a step-by-step guide on using nasal irrigation. It can be done once a day.
It seems there are endless benefits to incorporating regular exercise into your life, and reducing allergies is another one to add to that list!
This study showed that exercise results in significant improvement in the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.