Allergies affect millions of people around the world. While allergies are common and often seasonal, some people experience symptoms all year round. If you suffer with allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, or food allergies you are used to medications to control the symptoms. However, drugs ranging from antihistamines to acetaminophen have side effects that impact your well being.
Have you considered, instead of turning to medicines, some natural remedies to clear allergies? You will be surprised how good it works!
- Salt Therapy
With a special machine called a Halogenerator (a dry salt aerosol), made up of salt particles that are microscopic in size, is circulated in the therapy room where you simply sit and relax. You will not notice the dry-salt enriched air that when easily inhaled with natural breathing is able to deliver low concentrations of salt deep into the lungs where it is most needed. No therapy treatment could be easier.
Dry Salt therapy is a great choice for women who do not want to rely heavily on over-the-counter or prescribed medication for sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. Pregnant women who have come to BREATHE have experienced relief for their congestion and chronic respiratory problems.
- Salt Rinse Solution Daily.
If pollen causes your allergy, spritzing a salt rinse solution every day will help relieve the symptoms. In a clean container, mix three teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of baking soda with eight ounces of sterilized water, which has been boiled and cooled. Spritz this on your nose before you start your morning.
If dust mites trigger your allergies, you’ll need a dehumidifier to keep these tiny critters at bay. Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye but they’re on your bedding, pillows, carpets, couch, and curtains, and they like a humid environment.
- Garlic for immunity boost.
Garlic has antihistamine properties. If you eat chopped garlic mixed with a teaspoon or two of honey daily, you’ll see a decrease in allergic symptoms, as per a study. Don’t like the taste, try a garlic supplement.
- Fish Oil supplements.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3, which has anti-inflammatory properties, too. A study in the UK showed that pregnant women who took fish oil supplements for a month reduced their baby’s risk of developing food allergies in eggs as children. Some 22 percent of kids also lessened their risk of eczema development.
- No cigarettes.
As every doctor will tell you, second-hand smoke is still bad for non-smokers. In terms of allergies, it could cause watery eyes or a runny and stuffy nose. Avoid frequenting places where people smoke, such as bars and restaurants.
Pollen and other airborne irritants could blow into your eyes and cause watering and itching, so make it a habit to wear sunglasses with a protective contour when you’re outside.
- Organic hair dyes and beauty products.
There are plenty of allergens in the everyday products you use. Additionally, common preservatives in dyes and beauty products could worsen your allergic symptoms.
- Gut test.
If you’re still suffering from allergic reactions despite the medications and natural remedies, perhaps getting a better picture of what’s really happening to your body will help. The health of your gut impacts 70 percent of your immune system. Most seasonal allergies happen when the gut isn’t fully functioning or it’s hypersensitive to triggers from the environment. A gut test will require a laboratory examination of your stool. After receiving the results, you can alter your diet and start making lifestyle changes to improve your gut’s health.
- Manage Stress.
Surprisingly, stress was reported as the cause of allergy flare-ups for 39 percent of 179 employees in an Ohio State University study. Sometimes just a cup of a warm chamomile tea is good enough to calm you down.
We encourage you to explore our site and learn all about the benefits of salt therapy.
As a general advice, always consult with your doctor.
Let us know if you have any other natural way to prevent or ease allergies.