Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies, and some for the entire year. Prescription drugs often do not provide complete relief, and some of them have harmful side effects. Natural remedies effectively address allergic reactions to plants and their side effects are often fewer. Try these to address your itching, sniffling, and sneezing due to pollen and plants like ragweed.
You will need:
• Neti pot
• Noniodized salt
• Food high in omega-3 fatty acids
• Hot mustard, chili peppers, or horseradish
Step 1: Some allergy sufferers swear by the neti pot, a small container that is filled with saltwater and used to flush the sinuses. Residents of India have used this device for thousands of years and a study in Italy proved its effectiveness on children suffering from seasonal allergies. Mix ¼ to ½ teaspoon noniodized salt with a cup of lukewarm water and pour this solution into the pot. Cock the head slightly to one side and lean over a sink. Place the neti pot spout into one nostril and pour about half of the solution into it. Let the water drain out of the other nostril. Tilt the head the opposite way and repeat with the other nostril. Gently blow each nostril to clear it. Repeat this practice twice daily when suffering from allergies.
Step 2: Take 1,000 milligrams of quercetin daily between meals, beginning six weeks prior to your allergy season. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes histamine-rich mast cells, preventing them from releasing histamines. Its antioxidant quality helps absorb free radicals that contribute to cell damage that can result in cancer. A doctor should be consulted prior to using this supplement because it is not recommended for people with liver disease.
Step 3: Studies have shown that people who regularly eat food high in omega-3 fatty acids have less tendency to suffer from allergy symptoms. Grass-fed eggs and meat, walnuts, flaxseed oil, and cold-water fish contain omega-3s.
Step 4: On days when the pollen count is high, add a dash of natural decongestant to your food by using hot mustard, chili peppers, or horseradish. Avoid foods that you have a slight allergy to because the body can become hypersensitive to them when fighting off allergies, creating a more severe reaction.