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6 Natural Allergy Remedies

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? Try out these natural remedies that can provide you with the relief you’re looking for

| 30.04.19 | 17:48
Nettle Leaves (Picture: Shutterstock)
Are your allergies driving you crazy? You’re not alone. Especially during the spring and summer, allergies can make life incredibly uncomfortable.
 
You might not necessarily need to take any medications to control your allergy symptoms. There are many natural allergy relief remedies you can try first.
 
1. Stinging Nettle
 
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies suggest that stinging nettle can effectively treat a wide range of health concerns including:
 
- Urinary problems like urinary tract infections
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Joint pain, sprain and strains
- Insect bites
 
Research has specifically shown that stinging nettle leaf naturally controls histamines, which is why a growing number of doctors recommend taking a freeze-dried preparation before hay fever season begins. It can also be used as a tea or in tincture form.
 
Nettle loses its anti-allergy power if not harvested and processed correctly. Look for a high-quality powdered product that has been freeze-dried or specially processed to retain the active ingredients. This special processing costs more, so don't be seduced by cheap imitations.
 
2. Local Raw Honey
 
Don’t discount this ancient remedy. Taking a tablespoon of local, raw honey every day will help your body build a tolerance to the local pollen in your sinuses.
 
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
 
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural allergy remedy, as it can help reduce mucous production and cleanse your lymphatic system. The quick approach is to swallow a tablespoon. For a more palatable option, try adding a tablespoon to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.
 
4. Exercise
 
Researchers in Thailand found moderate to intense activity for just 30 minutes can result in substantial allergy relief. It seems that this relief occurs because exercise produces an anti-inflammatory effect in your nasal passages, helping to naturally reduce allergy symptoms.
 
If pollen counts are extremely high, an indoor workout will most likely be more beneficial as it will reduce re-exposure.
 
5. A Wide-Brimmed Hat and Sunglasses
 
A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses will keep pollen from blowing into your eyes making them watery and itchy.
  
6. Vitamin C
 
Vitamin C boosts the immune system and also acts as a natural antihistamine.
 
According to a 2018 study on vitamin C in the treatment of allergies, oxidative stress plays a key role in allergic diseases. As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it may act as a treatment for allergies.
 
Researchers observed that high doses of vitamin C reduced allergy symptoms. They also reported that a deficiency in vitamin C might lead to allergy-related diseases.
 
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