Spring is officially here and unfortunately, for many of us that means plenty of runny noses, coughing and teary eyes. Yes, allergy season is upon us! A lot of us, actually. Hay fever, a common allergic rhinitis causing sneezing, nasal congestion and eye irritation, affects up to 30% of the world’s population worldwide. While over the counter and prescription drugs are commonly available for various symptoms, the modern trend is to first opt for natural remedies. Here are a few natural, alternative remedies for common seasonal allergies:
1. Apple cider vinegar
This multi-purpose natural medicine can break up mucus in the nose. Sip a few spoonfuls diluted with water if the taste is too string for you.
The extract of this largely unknown plant is used to treat headaches, fevers and congestion. It’s nature’s antihistamine! Look for butterbur pills in your local health store.
3. Nettle leaf
The root of the nettle has been used since medieval times as a diuretic. These days, you can brew the leaves in a tea to counteract hay fever.
4. Nasal irrigation
Nasal irrigation is the age old, tried & true practice of draining saline from one nostril at a time, flushing out mucus in the process. There are various accessories you can use to accomplish this, usually available at a local drugstore.
Eat a plain old yogurt to benefit from the probiotics it contains. These healthy bacteria are known to support the immune system.
6. Spicy food
We’ve all had the experience of the post-spicy food runny nose. Kill two birds with one stone by eating a spicy lunch. The pepper, onion, garlic, or hot ginger will help thin out your nasal mucus.
7. Hot shower
The steam from the hot water will temporarily clear sinuses. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology recommends that everyone take a shower upon entering the home, in order to clean one’s self of pollen and airborne debris.
8. Eucalyptus oil
The pleasant smelling oil of the eucalyptus plant is commonly used to relieve allergy symptoms and reduce inflammation. Simply breathe in a deposit of oil in a bowl, or rub a few drops into your chest or under your nose.
Recommended for a slew of purposes, this ancient Asian practice is rumored to help individuals suffering from allergic rhinitis.