Natural remedies can be considered a good alternative to treat seasonal allergy.
Doctors typically treat it using medications and shots. Before considering to use natural remedies to treat your allergy, it is recommended to consult your doctor to check if there might be some contraindications.
The best treatment for allergy it should be to avoid exposure to your allergens but in the case of pollen for example it can be harder to apply. The symptoms of seasonal allergies can be very unpleasant including itching, swelling, watery eyes and other symptoms.
The cause of those symptoms is the high production of histamine which is an organic compound involved in the body immune response. This article discuss about 3 allergy natural remedies that might be an alternative to antihistamine tablets or corticosteroids that can give side effects like drowsiness, fatigue and nausea.
1. Natural herbs
The Butterbur is a herb which has been used for a long time for different pathologies not only related to allergies like stomach ulcers, migraine anxiety. The extract is taken from the leaves, roots or bulb of the plant. It can be sold in a number of forms like capsules, tinctures or gel. It is recommended to take only butterbur products that are certified as “PA-free” as they are processed in a way that remove the dangerous chemicals from the plant.
Spirulina is a type of algae that contains different nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins B and E. It is usually consumed in powder form or as a supplement. It also has numerous properties including lose weight, manage diabetes, lowering cholesterol and reduces blood pressure. Spirulina can reduce nasal inflammation and reduce histamine in the body.
Stinging nettle is a herbaceous flowering plant from the Urticaceae family used in traditional medicine. You can buy in capsules, tinctures or cream. It is used to reduce inflammation, to treat enlarged prostate and to lower blood sugar levels. Test tube research have shown that stinging nettle can stop histamine receptors from releasing chemicals that trigger allergy symptoms.
Omega 3 are a type of fatty acids found in a variety of foods called polyunsaturated (omg3 -W3-N3). These fatty acid in particular those found in the fish have some properties to boost the immune system and to have anti-inflammatory effects. Omega 3 can be also found in some vegetables like seaweed and algae, chia seeds, walnuts, kidney beans and flax seeds.
The endless properties of the garlic have been recognized since long time. It contains disulfite which contains the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and Quercetin which is an antioxidant that can suppress the release of histamines.
Fruits like lemons, oranges, sweet peppers and berries are rich on vitamin C a potent antioxidant that reduces the potential of allergic reactions helping the body to fight infections and to decrease the body’s histamine production.
3. Old type remedies
Nasal irrigation is a home type remedy often used by people who have respiratory symptoms using sterile saltwater to apply inside the nostrils. This remedy can provide a temporary relief from nasal congestion cleaning the mucosa and reducing post nasal drips. You can buy a rinse kit or you can make one mixing 3 spoons of iodide free salt with one teaspoon of baking soda. After you can put 1 teaspoon of the mixture into a small bottle of distilled water and leaning on a sink and gently flush the water one nostril at time.
Acupuncture is an old Chinese healing practice that have been used to treat pain and stress management. Several studies have proved that Acupuncture can have a good effects on people affected by allergic rhinitis however more studies need to be conducted to reveal the reasons of the overall improvements.
Steam inhalation is an old home remedy to open the nasal passages and get relief from nasal congestion using the vapor of water. You can full up a sink or a bowl full of water squeeze a lemon, put a tablespoon of baking soda and place a towel over the head to contain the steam.
More useful tips
To wear a musk can prevent allergen from getting into your airways. A N95 type can be available at some medical supply store and it can actually block 95% of small particles including smog.
Avoid cigarette smoke
Smoke can definitely increase your allergy symptoms like stuffy nose and watery eyes. Avoid places where there is poor ventilation or fumes that can worse the symptoms like wood-fireplaces or barbecues.
To take an allergy taste can help you and your doctor to discover what type of allergen you should avoid and to make an allergy plan that includes medications, treatments or immunotherapy.
Considerations of using a natural treatments
It can be possible to obtain good results using natural remedies however, we should also understand what type of supplements we need before start any treatment. It is always recommended to consult a specialist first that can examine you medical history and your symptoms, so that you might feel more comfortable rather than just check information on the web.
Plants are rich of different compounds which have been used for years and believing or not 25% cent of drugs worldwide have active ingredients that come from them. The fact that a medication is made from natural ingredients doesn’t mean it can be always safe. Some natural medications might not be scrutinized by FDA(Food and Drug administration) so, it is advised to check for potential side effects before taking them.
Natural remedies for allergies can be a good alternative to prescription medication. This article have discussed some useful tips that might help to alleviate symptoms related to season allergies. It is important to consider that is not guaranteed what have been suggested might work for everyone. Many cases have proved that this treatments have been helpful even with people that were using prescription medicines at the same time. Please leave comments and share your personal experience if you like! Thank you and see you on our next healthy episode!