How are you supposed to stop and smell the flowers if they leave you sneezing and runny nosed? Spring is one of the most magical seasons of the year, but it can be a nightmare for someone prone to allergies. Thankfully though, there are plenty of home remedies which provide all-natural cures for your pollen allergy. Most of these recipes use ingredients you already have lying around in your kitchen, so you can start making them right away!
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1. Nettle Tea
Most people disregard nettles completely, but this is a miracle herb when it comes to alleviating your allergies. Nettle tea has been proven to reduce the amount of histamines in your body, thus drastically reducing your body’s allergy symptoms. For added benefit, you could also mix in a few fresh or dry peppermint leaves and honey for flavour.
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2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there any problem apple cider vinegar can’t solve? A spoonful or apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon can be a magical elixir for anyone with a runny nose. It contains high levels of potassium which will put a stopper in your runny nose. Apple cider vinegar also has the ability to disperse mucus in your body, which will help you breathe easy again. You could also consume this drink as a preventative measure in the months leading up to spring. Apple cider contains healthy probiotics which will strengthen your immunity, making you less susceptible to catching allergies in the first place.
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3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is commonly used by people in many parts of the world to improve respiratory problems. The oil has the ability to reduce inflammation, thereby decreasing your discomfort. To make the most of this oil, dab a few drop on your wrist for you to smell frequently. You could also place a bowl of it near you, which makes it easier for you to breathe in the air around you.
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4. Onion Water
Onion water? Onion water. Onions contain a chemical compound known as quercetin, which is almost like nature’s answer to antihistamines. Quercetin is very effective at reducing your histamine levels, opening up your airways and reducing inflammation. It’s water soluble, so soaking red onion slices in a glass of water for 8 hours will help you get the most out of it. You could add some honey to improve the taste, but let’s be honest, there’s no escaping the terrible taste. Just gulp it down quickly and think about all the good ways it will benefit you once you’re done.
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5. Eat More Citrus
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which in turn, help improve your body’s immunity. Apart from this, they’re also zesty and fresh, keeping you cool on hot summer days. For an immunity boosting, cooling summer drink, squeeze fresh orange and lemons, along with some honey. Not only is this delicious and healthy, but it will also help your body’s defense system to protect you from allergies.
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6. Local Honey Or Pollen
While there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to back it up, there is plenty of anecdotal support for this remedy from people who swear by it. The principle behind this is to expose yourself to the allergen gradually so your body has time to develop immunity against it. You will have to use local honey or pollen only as these allergens are specific to your area. This technique can be helpful to you if you suffer from mild allergies. If you’re extremely allergic to pollen and run the risk of going into anaphylactic shock from it, definitely do not attempt to do this. It’s best to start this method a few months before spring as your body needs time to adapt. Start by taking a tiny bit of honey or single pollen grains until you’re confident your body can handle it. Then, gradually increase your intake till you’re completely immune to its effects.