TIPS & REMEDIES FOR ALLERGY RELIEF
I don’t have any, other than hay fever which tends to inconsistently creep up on me now and then and when it does, I find it more annoying than anything. My eyes water, my sinuses play up and I sneeze so hard I feel like I’m going to explode.
I try to do what I can with a few home remedies to ease the discomfort so for all of you who suffer through allergies, be they seasonal or not, I thought I’d share a few.
Here are my suggestions that will hopefully give you a little relief and keep any frustrating reactions to a minimum.
ALLERGY RELIEF TEA
Nettle is the super herb for almost anything, it’s a great one to have for anything that is attacking or hindering the immune system. So to have this as a base for this allergy relief tea is key. It’s been known to be really effective in relieving itchy watery eyes and runny noses as well as being a natural antihistamine. The same as ginger, which is also a go to for all immune boosting needs. Peppermint is a decongestant and anti inflammatory which can help with those tricky sinus problems. Lemon balm is known to have a calming effect and can help you to relax which can be hard to do during allergy season. Relaxing more and reducing stress is also essential as stress can cause cells in your body to release more histamine - something we don’t want any more of.
5 Tablespoons of Nettle
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Peppermint
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Balm
1 Tablespoon of Dried Ginger Root
Combine all ingredients & store in a airtight glass container. Use as and when needed.
Best enjoyed hot which will help to relieve congestion. During allergy season it is probably best to have this tea daily as preventative care.
Chamomile is another herb with anti histamine and anti inflammatory properties making it great to have as a tea. But another pretty helpful tip for chamomile is taking the used and cooled teabags and using them as eye compresses for those itchy watery eyes that may have become a little swollen.
Remember to use fresh new bags each time you use a compress to avoid infection.
LEMON & GINGER
Good old lemon and ginger tea. This power duo helps to flush out toxins in your body as well as cut through and thin out any mucus that might be affecting your sinuses.
If you also have a sore or tickley throat, adding a teaspoon of honey to your tea can help to add relief.
For a more firey taste, grate your ginger instead of or as well as using slices. To get the most juice out of your lemons, roll them on the counter top under your palm with a little pressure before cutting or squeezing them.
Not only is garlic a superfood for the immune system, but it also has great natural antihistamine properties.
Include garlic into your foods (making it the last ingredient you add into your dish, almost raw as you don’t want to cook out the allergy fighting properties you need) or for better and faster results, consume a raw garlic clove in the morning daily.
Recent studies have shown that taking probiotics during allergy season can help to regulate the body’s immune response to allergies. Probiotics are crucial for gut health which is also directly linked to immune health. When buying probiotics, try to buy a quality brand that has 1-4 billion organisms per capsule, this will ensure the effectiveness. Take daily as preventative care or one in the morning and one in the evening when you feel unwell or hit with allergy symptoms.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS FOR ALLERGY SEASON
• Increase your intake of Vitamin C & A to help boost your immune system so that it can help fight the allergies effecting your day to day life.
• limit and/or avoid sugar, dairy and caffeinated drinks as these can lower your immune system, increase histamine levels and encourage more mucus build up.
• Try a nasal spray or a saline rinse - this can help to thin and clear out mucus, as well as washing away any irritants like pollen.
• Steamy Shower or a face steam. Keeping the air around you moist can help to loosen up mucus and reduce congestion.
• Eucalyptus oil in a diffuser can help you to breathe easier by loosening phlegm and easing cold symptoms.
• Spring clean! Don’t underestimate the effect that dust can have on your allergies, if they mostly flare up when indoors it could be that you are allergic to dust. Also remembering to wash your hands will help you to reduce the chances of transferring pollen.
Please note that I’m not a medical professional or a herbalist so be mindful before trying anything new - I hope these suggestions help!