Spring is here and with it comes allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that around 40 million people in the United States alone suffer from seasonal allergies, known also by the common name of hay fever and the more technical name allergic rhinitis.
Since May is Allergy Awareness Month, let’s take a look at 5 natural remedies for seasonal allergies.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is an ancient remedy that has been used for a wide variety of conditions. It helps increase mucous production and cleanses the lymphatic system, making it very useful for relieving allergy symptoms.
Tip: Mix a tablespoon into a cup of water and drink 3 times a day for relief.
2. Bee pollen:
Bee pollen can help the body build up a resistance to allergies by lowering the body’s sensitivity to pollen. It is like vaccination and can prevent disease. It does contain some of the very same substances that trigger seasonal allergies. Taking some on a regular basis will help the body build resist allergens.
Tip: It can be added to fresh juices or smoothies. It can also be sprinkled on salads and cereals. Start out with 1 tbsp, and add more if desired.
3. Local raw honey:
Eating honey that was harvested from the area you live may help you build a resistance to the pollen and allergens in that area. Make sure the honey is raw and unprocessed, and is from a reputable source.
Tip: Add a teaspoon of raw honey to your tea or coffee. Add more to taste if necessary.
4. Nettle leaf:
Nettle leaf has been believed to possess many healing properties for centuries. Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading physician and health expert calls nettle leaf one of the best substances for natural allergy relief.
Tip: Take one stinging nettle leaf capsule every 4 hours as needed.
Probiotics help promote healthy bacteria in the gut. Research from The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society linked beneficial gut bacteria to less risk of allergy symptoms. Some great sources of probiotics are kombucha, dark chocolate, sauerkraut, microalgae, and olives.
Tip: Add some of these foods to your diet to promote bacteria in the gut.
Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.
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