4 Ways to Naturally Relieve Seasonal Allergies
It is allergy season, and many people are suffering the effects of seasonal hay fever. If you are tired of expensive over the counter allergy medications, try one of these easy, natural home remedies.
Saline rinses are one of the most popular ways of naturally relieving seasonal allergies. Rinsing the nasal passages removes the irritants that cause your allergies to flare up in the first place. You are basically washing the inside of your nose in a way that cannot be done by just blowing your nose.
You can buy pre-made rinses that come in an easy-to-use squeeze bottle. When you run out of the saline solution that comes with the bottle, you can easily make your own by combining 1 cup of warm distilled water with 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Just place this mixture in the empty bottle and use as you would the store-bought kind.
If you don't have a squeeze bottle, you can also use a bowl and bulb syringe. To use the saline solution, fill the squeeze bottle or bulb syringe with solution. Bend over a sink and with your mouth open, squeeze the solution into one nostril, letting it run out of the other nostril.
Saline rinses are not only beneficial for allergies, but can also be used to treat common colds and sinus infections. With repeated use you will find that you will have fewer and fewer sinus infections when your sinuses are kept clear of the bacteria that causes sinus infections in the first place.
Note: Do not use this method if you have ear problems or are prone to ear infections.
Cool Mist Humidifier
A cool mist humidifier will also help relieve seasonal allergies by adding moisture to the air in your home. The added moisture in the air will help alleviate sinus congestion and stuffy noses.
Just make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of mold and other bacteria, which can actually aggravate allergies.
Although there is no scientific evidence that eating local honey will help improve seasonal allergies, there are many people who swear that their allergies have been alleviated by regularly consuming honey that was produced in the area where they live.
The idea is that the honey will contain pollens that are local to your area, and by consuming it your body will slowly become tolerant to the pollens, thereby reducing your allergy symptoms.
Start out by trying a teaspoon a day, gradually incorporating more honey into your daily diet if it seems to be helping reduce your allergy symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another natural remedy for seasonal allergies is apple cider vinegar. Regular use of apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate sneezing, nasal congestion, headaches, coughs, and itchy watery eyes.
One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added to a large glass of water several times a day will help relieve these symptoms, as well as naturally boost your metabolism.
Seasonal allergies affect millions of people each year. While over the counter medications are often effective in controlling allergy symptoms, there are also many home remedies such as these that will help to control and even eliminate the effects of seasonal allergies.
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