It happens every year. The weather starts to warm up, the birds begin to sing and you get slammed with miserable spring allergies. Or perhaps you’re one of those unlucky folks who suffers with allergies all year round.
And if you’re like a lot of people you reach for brain-scrambling, memory robbing antihistamines desperately seeking a little relief. Because shuffling around with a case of brain fog and half asleep seems better than the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and headaches your allergies cause.
But I’ve got good news. You can skip the risky drugs and opt for powerful, effective natural allergy relief instead.
More on that in just a moment, but first let’s take a quick look at what’s happening when your allergies come home to roost every year.
Histamines trigger common allergy symptoms
When you have an allergic reaction your body releases histamine and leukotriene (and other pro-inflammatory compounds) which triggers common allergy symptoms such as…
- runny nose
- watery eyes,
- a scratchy throat
- and sneezing.
Your goal is to put those two cytokines in check and balance immune function. And if you visit a physician and fork over a lot of cash he’ll tell you exactly how to do that…
- Avoid triggers (But they’re EVERYWHERE.)
- Move (Sure, because that’s realistic.)
- Stop eating 40 different trigger foods (Never going to happen.)
- Take drugs to relieve your symptoms (A suffer with risky side effects.)
Talk about frustrating! But luckily you CAN reign in those cytokines and balance your immune function without drugs to achieve NATURAL allergy relief.
10 effective drug-free remedies for natural allergy relief
So here’s my top 10 list of natural remedies to help you crush those allergy symptoms without risky drugs…
1. Vitamin C:
The powerful antioxidant vitamin C puts the brakes on histamines before they’re even made.
In other words instead of blocking the histamine’s action at the cell’s doorway like an antihistamine drug it simply blocks the production before it even gets started.
Plus vitamin C also reduces inflammation and supports overall immune function.
2. Stinging Nettle:
Stinging Nettle is a time tested remedy for natural allergy relief. The herb contains allergy symptom fighting compounds such as quercetin which helps to prevent the release of histamine and other inflammatory substances.
Some users experience a mild diuretic effect with Stinging Nettle. Dosage varies, you can drink tea or take supplements.
3. Essential Oil of Eucalyptus:
Eucalyptus is great for relieving the congestion associated with allergies. Used in steam inhalations or diffused in an aromatizer the herbal oil naturally opens up your sinuses and air passageways, improving airflow.
Eucalyptus contains “citronellal” which has pain-relieving benefits and anti-inflammatory effects making it useful for upper respiratory infections as well.
This is one of my favorite tips. It’s one that surprises many folks, but natural unrefined salt (not table salt) actually has natural antihistamine effects.
If you’re having a sneezing fit, or suffering through a hay fever attack, put a tiny amount of unrefined salt on the tip of your tongue. Let it absorb, you don’t have to swallow it. Rinse the excess.
Another variation of using salt, is to drink a little salt-laced water during your attack. Use saline in your Neti pots daily.
Believe it or not this allergy fighting enzyme come from pineapples! Bromelain reduces swelling and slashes mucus production helping to relieve that stuffed up nose and congestion.
Bromelain is particularly helpful for sinus infections. It may thin mucus making it easier for you to breathe.
6. Avoid histamine-forming foods:
Certain foods can trigger histamines in your body. If you’re an allergy sufferer cutting back on them could relieve some of your allergy symptoms.
Try reducing (or cutting out) one at a time to see if the food is a trigger for you.
Common histamine triggering foods include…
- smoked meats,
- aged cheese,
- dried foods,
- fermented foods
- and nuts.
Chlorella is a type of algae that’s grown in fresh water. The supplement stimulates the immune system, increases white blood cell counts, reduces histamines, and improves interleukin 12 and interferon.
I wrote about this remedy for natural allergy relief in my Headache Free book.
Butterbur acts like the pharmaceutical drug called Singulair inhibiting the production of the leukotrienes that cause swelling in your nasal passages.
Often called “bee glue,” bees produce this natural resin from the buds of trees.
Animal study have shown that this natural bacteria fighter can significantly inhibit histamine release from mast cells.
10. Visit a salt cave:
Salt caves are amazing. They are becoming a fairly common spa treatment here in the U.S. and I highly recommend visiting one if you get the chance. I’ve been inside one in Santa Barbara.
Sitting in a Himalayan salt cave, inhaling ionized air infuses your body with valuable minerals. The particles of sodium chloride may improve allergies and kill fungus.
In addition to writing a syndicated column on health which reaches 20 million people each week, Suzy is the author of a number of books on natural health.
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