By: Erin Laughlin
It’s that time of year again. The dreaded time when eyes get watery and noses start running. Allergy season. Seasonal allergies are one of the biggest nuisances of the year. Although they do not affect everyone, the people who are affected by it are in a constant battle for a span of several months.
Allergies can be irritating to deal with, or they can be life-threatening. The reactions people have from allergies are a result of hypersensitivity of the immune system. The immune system can be sensitive to different substances that are ingested or in the environment, such as pollen. There are many over the counter allergy medications available for purchase, but no one wants to be bogged down with medication and drowsy throughout the day. Here are a couple of natural at home remedies to get allergy relief.
Neti Pot/Saline rinse
The use of a Neti Pot can relieve the pressure and congestion of the sinuses. A Neti Pot looks like a tea pot, but it is used to deliver sterile solutions into the nasal cavity. Rinsing the nasal cavity with this solution thins out the mucus and flushes most of it out of the sinuses. Research states that the Neti Pot works as a form of irrigation for the sinuses and it may decrease the need for prescription or over the counter drugs. Making this a very natural option to treat allergies. However, before using the Neti Pot, read all of the instructions. It is very important to only use the sterile solution when irrigating the nasal cavity. Using any other liquid to flush out the allergens can lead to infection in the sinuses. Please be careful when using. Saline sprays are another natural and simple remedy for allergies. It uses the same solution as the Neti Pot, but instead of rinsing out your nasal cavity, you spray the saline solution up there. This loosens up all the mucus, essentially causing most of the mucus to wash out.
Acupuncture is an ancient remedy that originated in China. It has many benefits and was used to treat many ailments. It is used to restore the balance of energy throughout the body. There have been various conditions that have benefited from acupuncture treatments, such as anxiety, depression, and even digestive problems. Because so many different conditions benefit from acupuncture, why not use it for allergies? Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating certain types of allergies. Although scientists do not know exactly which allergies, there are no side effects of getting acupuncture. It is a relaxing experience that everyone should try at least once in their life.
Butterbur is an herb used for medicine. It has a multitude of uses, it is used for pain, stomach ulcers, migraines, hay fever, and various other ailments. Studies show that taking butterbur extract four times a day equals the effectiveness of popular antihistamines but it did not have the side effect of drowsiness. Thus, keeping you energized and ready for whatever the day brings you.
Apple Cider Vinegar
What can’t apple cider vinegar do? Seriously this stuff is amazing! Apple cider vinegar is supposed to stop the production of mucus while cleansing the lymphatic system as well. Not only will this help with allergies but apple cider vinegar helps with digestion and even weight loss! It’s a win-win-win situation!
Not only are allergies annoying, but they can also be very dangerous and life threatening. While some people may need to take prescription drugs, not everybody wants to feel drowsy and tired throughout their day. Try out these natural and simple remedies that will relieve your allergies and can be done in the comfort of your own home!