Five Natural Ways To Fight Allergies
Many people choose to treat their allergies with traditional over-the-counter medications. However, some of these drugs have negative side effects. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, there are some natural ways to fight allergies. Here are five suggestions:
Get An Air Purifier
Using an air purification machine is an effective and non-medical way to reduce allergy symptoms. Get one with a HEPA filter to ensure the most efficient removal of pollen from the air. You can also opt for a humidifier to get rid of airborne allergens.
Do A Nasal Rinse
Flushing out your nasal passages is an excellent way to wash out allergens and bacteria. Head to a drugstore and get some saline solution. Then use a neti pot and tilt your head to the side over the sink while you pour the solution in one nostril and let it drain out the other.
Many people swear by eating a couple teaspoons of honey every day leading up to allergy season. Honey contains a little bit of pollen, so by eating small bits of it you are getting your body used to pollen before the allergy season hits.
By stimulating some of the “meridians” – or bodily channels that energy flows through – acupuncture may be able to tame an uneven immune system that can exacerbate allergy symptoms.
Drink Green Tea
Consuming hot liquids can lessen allergy symptoms by relieving congestion, and green tea in particular has been shown to provide relief by blocking a key cell receptor involved in producing an allergic response. Also, try drinking tea that contains stinging nettle leaf. The histamines in nettle attach to receptor sites to keep your body’s histamines from attaching to those cells during an allergic reaction – an action similar to pharmaceutical antihistamine drugs.
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