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6 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

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There are many people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there many natural remedies for seasonal allergies that you can use to treat them. An allergy is an aggressive immune response that is triggered by certain foods and substances.

by Bharat Kothakota , MD MPH

There are many people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there many natural remedies for seasonal allergies that you can use to treat them. An allergy is an aggressive immune response that is triggered by certain foods and substances. It is possible to keep away from foods that trigger allergies. However, it can be very difficult to stay away from allergy triggers such as mold, pollen, dust, spores and other things that are present in your environment. These allergens can affect the respiratory system and it is very difficult to completely keep away from them. When you can't avoid them, there are ways to treat the symptoms.


1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for hundreds of years to treat various health conditions. It is also an effective remedy for you if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural treatment for many health conditions because of its ability to reduce the production of mucous and to clean up the lymphatic system. You should take a spoonful of pure organic apple cider vinegar three times a day to get a relief from seasonal allergies. Apple cider vinegar will also help your digestive system.

2. Local Honey

Local honey is a popular remedy. Although there is no scientific evidence backing the use of local honey as a treatment for allergies, many people have reported positive results after using it to treat seasonal allergies. The theory behind the use of local honey is that it will help your body adapt to the allergens that are present in the area you live. Taking local honey is therefore like taking an allergy shot. It does not seem to have a negative side effect. Consume at least a teaspoon of unprocessed honey that comes from as source that is as close to you as possible. You should start at least 4 to 6 weeks before the start of the allergy season.

3. Nettle leaf

This is a natural remedy that is capable of reducing your body's ability to make histamine. You can find capsule made from nettle leaf that are meant for people suffering from seasonal allergies in your local store. You can also use nettle leaf in combination with other herbs to make a soothing tea for allergy relief. Many people prefer to mix it with peppermint leaf. You should consume this tea several times a day before and during the allergy season to prevent allergies.

4. Quercetin

This is natural bioflavonoid that helps to make mast cells stable. This stability helps to prevent these cells from releasing histamine. Quercetin is also an antioxidant that can help you reduce inflammation. To get the best results, you should use quercetin as a long term strategy. You should start taking it at least a month before the beginning of the allergy season. Before using this herb or any other type of herb, it is very important to check with your doctor especially if you are pregnant or if you have a liver problem. Quercetin is naturally available in foods like broccoli and citrus. However, the amount that you will be able to get from these foods may not be enough to help you get a relief from seasonal allergies. A supplemental dose will be helpful.

5. Refreshing citrus drink

Most people suffer from allergies in the summer and spring. This may be the time when you want to have the most fun outdoors. Unfortunately, you may be able to have the fun that you want because of allergies. Taking citrus rich food can really help you prevent the allergies. This is because citrus filled drinks are rich in vitamin C, a mineral that will effectively help you prevent allergies. Vitamins C will help you give your immune system the boost it needs. When you are thirsty, take citrus rich drinks instead of drinks that have little benefit to your body.

6. Diet changes

If you have tried using all the natural remedies above without success, it will be best for you to check your diet. You may have to make some changes to your diet to prevent seasonal allergies. Making dietary changes is even more important if you suffer from severe seasonal allergies. Things might be better if remove certain foods from your diet.

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