Allergies occur when your body over-reacts to normally harmless substances. Your immune system typically saves its efforts for fighting off bacteria or viruses. But, when you have allergies, your immune system is reacting to pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, or other substances instead. You can reach for over the counter medications or you can try one of the natural remedies below.
More than 35 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies every year. Seasonal allergies occur anytime from early spring to late November, and allergens include pollens, grasses and airborne fungi. Antihistamines are the most common treatment used for allergies, but they only block symptoms and do not resolve the underlying cause. Treating seasonal allergies with natural remedies works gently and effectively.
Symptoms: - The effects of seasonal allergies can vary from person to person because individuals may respond differently to the same pollen type. Some may react to pollen with an itchy nose and dry, swollen nasal passages. If these symptoms are bad enough they can lead to nosebleeds and sinus headaches. Another common reaction to pollen is itchy, watery eyes. Redness of the eyes will also typically accompany these symptoms. In addition to the symptoms of the nose and eyes some may experience skin rashes (or hives) and itchy skin.
Herbs: - Herbs are a gentle natural way to treat seasonal allergy symptoms. Stinging nettle has long been used to treat symptoms brought on by allergies. When taking internally, this plant reduces inflammation and bronchial congestion. It is best to begin taking this herb about two to four weeks before allergy season, and nettle is safe to use throughout the allergy season or as long as you have symptoms. The common dosage is one 250 to 500 mg capsule every two to four hours or until symptoms are relieved.
• Try Nettle: - Nettle contains a naturally occurring antihistamine. Naturopathic Dr. Andrew Weil has been reported to take nettle for his allergies. You will want the freeze-dried leaf form available in health food stores. • Try Ginkgo Biloba: - Gingko Biloba contains "ginkogolides." These rarely spoken about substances can stop or limit allergy attacks. Ginkgo is well-know for its memory-boosting abilities, but that is an extra bonus. • Eat something full of Quercetin: Quercetin is pigment that gives grapes, green tea and pineapple their colorful hue. It inhibits the release of histamine. Whole raw foods are always the best source in my opinion, but if you want a pill they are available at the health food store as well. Do not take Quercetin capsules if you are already taking nettle. Nettle contains quercetin, so you would be double dosing. • Load up on Omega-3: - Most American's don't have enough Omega-3 fatty acid in their diet. It counters inflammatory responses in your body. Salmon and flaxseed are wonderful sources of Omega-3. • How about local, raw honey: - A traditional remedy for allergies is raw honey from your local area. The theory behind local honey is that bees produce it from local pollen. Small doses of the pollen, reduces your bodies reaction. This is the remedy that works best for my allergies!
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