Natural Remedies for Allergies You Can Find At Home

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Natural Remedies for Allergies

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis (or just allergies), is a common condition that has symptoms similar to a cold. Sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and sinus pressure can adversely affect your daily schedule. Allergies are known to be caused by an allergic response to airborne substances like pollen. Summer or winter, the times of year you experience allergies depends on what you are allergic to. The following are some common household ingredients that can be used as natural remedies for allergies.

Honey

Honey has been known in treating hay fever because of the local bee pollen that is contained in it. This local pollen is thought to desensitize the body to other pollens.  Increasing honey in your daily dietary intake can help in reducing allergy symptoms. For the best results, it always advisable to use local honey found in your area.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be found in oranges, lemons and grapefruits and is known to be a natural antihistamine. It also contains bioflavonoids which are believed to have powerful anti-allergy effects. This combination of bioflavonoid and vitamin C are known in providing a natural antihistamine and decongestant. You can either take supplements, eat oranges, or add half a lemon to a cup of hot or cold water, then drink it.

Hot Peppers

Chili peppers and red peppers contain an active component that is called capsaicin. Eating food high in capsaicin can reduce congestion brought on by allergies. If you dont have hot peppers at home, you might have cayenne pepper. Many cayenne pepper drink or tea recipes can be found online, like this one. Or this cayenne pepper syrup. Both are worth adding to your list of natural remedies for allergies.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are the natural occurring pigment in plants. They are known to act as a powerful antioxidant that helps in reducing inflammation in the airways and improving immune systems. Foods that contain carotenoids include carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach and apricots.

Chamomile tea

Apart from being an antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea contains flavonoids which act as an effective anti-inflammatory agent. It is best when taken as a a warm or hot cup of tea. Chamomile tea can also be used as an eye compress where it can provide a cooling effect to a swollen and irritated red eye caused by allergies.

Garlic

Increasing garlic in your daily diet will help in boosting your bodys immune system. It can also act as a decongestant and helps in alleviating minor allergy symptoms. Garlic is also an anti-inflammatory and is known to be a good source of quercetin, a natural antihistamine. If summer is your worst time of year, the best time to start boosting garlic intake is one or two months before the hay season starts. Garlic is most effective when eaten raw or crushed. Another option is to take garlic capsules, found in your local pharmacy or health food store. Many pharmacists will recommend garlic capsule to older people to help boost their immunity.

Acupuncture

You may not usually consider the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture as one of the natural remedies for allergies. Yet it has been found by researchers to be useful in reducing allergy symptoms dramatically. Studies reveal that acupuncture has a positive effect on allergy symptoms. Though this would be an on-going treatment, it may best for chronic allergies.

Citation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19601883

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Maria Mcquire

Contributor: Maria Mcquire is a UK writer by profession. She an avid blogger currently doing research on Ehic.

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