5 Natural Ways to Deal with Summer Allergies

Spring is finally here and in full swing. This means lots of outdoor activities, camping trips, and for those of us unfortunate enough, allergies. Spring means the beginning of allergy season and for some people, this can really put a mood dampener to an otherwise gorgeous time of year. In this article, we will be discussing 5 natural allergy relief remedies.

Reduce Pollen Exposure

 

 

An allergic reaction occurs when white blood cells (usually designed to fight infectious diseases and parasites) mistakes a certain substance called an allergen as harmful and attacks it, causing symptoms similar to those seen in more appropriate immune responses. Several types of food and animal fur can be allergens, depending on the immune system of the specific person. Seasonal hayfever is a result of plants and grasses producing pollens containing (among other things) histamines, which can be an allergen in some people. Histamine blockers such as Benadryl can be incredibly effective, but often leave you drowsy, or rely on powerful stimulants to fight those effects.

 

The best way to fight histamines is to avoid them as much as possible. Stay indoors and wear masks. Make sure your home’s air conditioning system has the proper filtration in place. Hire a lawn service rather than spending your Saturdays being blasted with grass trimmings. Make sure interior air is properly moisturized (especially vital in arid climates). It’s

 

Nettle-Peppermint Tea

Nettles have several medicinal properties and one is helping alleviate the symptoms of allergies. In order to properly make this recipe, you will need:

 

  • 8 ounces of water
  • 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint or 1/4 cup of fresh peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf or 1/4 cup of fresh nettle leaf
  • Optional is Honey or Lemon to taste

 

Put the nettle and peppermint in a mug and steep in boiling water for 10 minutes, then add your lemon or honey to your taste preferences. This tea will help your glands secrete histamines which will reduce your discomfort. 

Fresh Citrus Infused Drink

Oranges are packed with vitamin C and will give your immune system a boost all year long with this citrus infused drink. You will need:

 

  • 1/2 of a Lemon
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Honey

 

Squeeze the orange and lemon juices together and let them chill for several hours. After several hours, stir in your honey and enjoy.

A Neti Pot with a Saline Rinse

You can purchase a Neti Pot at a variety of vitamin stores along with the saline solution or make you own by mixing 1 teaspoon of sea salt into 1 quart of boiling water. Once the water cools, fill the Neti Pot and tilt your head over the sink. Pour the contents of the Neti Pot into one side of your nose and let it run through your sinus cavities and out the other side. This will rid you of and gunk or pollen that may be causing inflammation.

Butterbur and Tumeric

Butterbur is a natural herb made from plants that are said to reduce inflammation and allergy headaches. You can buy this natural remedy at any organic or vitamin store.

Turmeric is a spice that is common in both Indian cuisine and curry. It contains curcumin, which has been proven to reduce allergy symptoms by acting like a decongestant. 



Now that we have covered 5 all natural allergy relief remedies, it's time to go and experiment with them to see which one works best for you so you can enjoy this beautiful season.

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