|Natural Ways to Defeat Allergies|
Do you suffer from allergies and would like to remedy the condition at home and naturally? Suffering from allergy-induced itching, watery eyes, swellings, headaches or nasal congestion and drip can make your life a nightmare. While our instincts may push us to the medicine cabinet at the first sign of trouble, there are better natural remedies we can embrace to beat allergies.
Here are 10 natural ways you can defeat allergies:
1. Consider alternative treatments
Try butterbur as it is a highly researched and promising medicine for allergies. According to some studies, Ze 339, a butterbur extract, may be effective. Also, antihistamine medicines are promising as well. Other studies also reveal that plant-based Phleum pratense and pycnogenol may have potent anti-allergy properties too.
2. Wash up on returning home
Do you know that pieces of the outside world follow you home? Tiny particles clink to your shoes, clothes, hair and skin wherever you go and follow you home. Take a bath to wash off allergens and put on different clothes. Most importantly, leave your shoes at the door.
3. Shut out breezes
Protect yourself from indoor air by keeping windows and doors closed, especially when the pollen count is high. Also consider installing a HEPA filter on your AC system as well as a flat or panel filter on your furnace.
4. Put on a mask
A mask is a great barrier against allergens getting into your airways. There are times you can’t avoid some allergy triggers such as when you carry out work in your yard or vacuum. Consider getting an N95 respirator mask. You can find it in drugstores and medical supply stores. It can help you block 95% of small particles, for example, pollen and other allergens.
5. Eat healthy
Researchers in a study on children found that eating lots of fresh vegetables, nuts and fruits especially apples, grapes, oranges and tomatoes caused children to develop a few allergy symptoms. Studies are still being conducted to figure out the link between such foods and allergy. However, the truth remains that a healthy diet is essential for your entire body. So, include at least one fresh fruit and veggie to your meals.
6. Rinse the nasal cavity
Use a nasal rinse to clean mucus out of your nose to ease allergy symptoms there. This helps to whisk away bacteria and thin mucus from your body and also stop any postnasal drip. You can purchase a rinse kit or make one yourself with a neti pot or a nasal bulb. Simply mix iodide-free salt (3 teaspoons) with baking soda (1 teaspoon). Store the mixture in an airtight container. Then add 1 teaspoon of the mixture into 8 ounces of distilled or boiled water that’s been left to cool. Now, while leaning over a sink, flush one nostril and then another.
7. Drink more
Are there times your allergies lead to a stuffy nose or postnasal drip? Hydrate your body with more fluids like water and juice, or other nonalcoholic drinks to clear the stuffiness. This additional liquid can help to thin the mucus in your nasal passages and remedy the condition. Warm fluids such as teas, broth, or soup can offer you more benefits.
8. Avoid cigarette smoke
Smoking cigarettes or inhaling the smoke can aggravate your runny, itchy, stuffy nose, including watery eyes. Only go to smoke-free restaurants, hotel rooms and nightclubs. Stay away from other fumes that can worsen your symptoms, for example, aerosol sprays and wood-burning fireplace smoke.
9. Get Steamy
Consider inhaling some steam as it can ease a stuffy nose and your breathing. Get a warm bowl or sink and hold your head over it. Now, put a large towel over your head to trap the steam. Alternatively, sitting in the bathroom while a hot shower runs is also helpful.
10. Know your triggers
Don’t assume that you know what’s happening. Meet an allergist for an allergy skin test to know your triggers. That’s how to devise a way to beat them.