7 Natural Remedies for Allergies

By Dr. Daisy Sutherland

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are well aware of the season we are in or quickly approaching. What season? The season where individuals will inevitably suffer from some symptoms that may include headaches, runny nose, itching eyes, sore throats and lethargy to name a few. These symptoms are brought on by the pollen from the blooming plants, trees and flowers and of course this season is known as Allergy Season.

However, you don’t have to suffer the symptoms connected to allergy season. Below are some 7 Natural Remedies you can implement today.

1. Saline Rinses – This simple home-made remedy actually works very well. What you are basically doing is flushing out the sinuses with a saltwater solution. The solution is made up of 1 quart of distilled water; if you don’t have distilled water you can boil tap water and allow to cool down. To the distilled water add 2 teaspoons of non-iodized salt. Place this 8 oz of the saltwater solution in a large squeeze bottle or Neti pot. Be sure to tilt your head over the sink, squeeze or use the neti pot with the solution on the top nostril and allow it drain out the lower nostril. Truthfully it will feel as if you are ‘water boarding’ yourself, but this process will clear out your sinuses and help with allergy symptoms.

2. Raw Honey – I asked a question on my Facebook page regarding natural remedies for allergies and ingesting a tablespoon of honey, seemed to be a very popular answer. If eating a tablespoon or raw honey is not something you can easily do, it can also be added to hot, water and taken in that form.

3. Air purifier with HEPA filter – Be sure to choose an air purifier that has a HEPA filter-especially in the bedroom-is the best way to remove spores and pollen from the air. There are many air purifiers on the market today, but I must say that Sharp Air USA makes several different air purifiers that will benefit your needs.

4. Humidifiers – Don’t be fooled, humidifiers are not only for the cold-weather months. Cool mist humidifiers can be used during cool evenings and will help get allergens out of the air allowing for a more comfortable sleep environment.

5. Essential Oils – Our entire family enjoys essential oils and we use them for many purposes from acne, to cleaning to helping with allergy symptoms. Two of our favorite oils are Lavender and Eucalyptus. We will use them in an air diffuser but if you don’t have a diffuser you can bring a saucepan of water to boil, remove from the stove-top, place a few drops of oil into the water and tent a towel over the sauce pan and your head. Be careful not to allow the steam to hit your face directly. Inhaling the steam combined with the essential oils will help to clear your sinuses.

6. Nettle Tea – Be sure to steep a teaspoon of dried nettle in once cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. This solution will help relieve a respiratory allergy. If you are unable to find dried nettle you may also take in capsule form found in many health food stores.

7. Alternative Care – Chiropractic has been found to help with allergy symptoms. What Chiropractors will do is find the nerve interference that may be occurring in the spine and once removed the immune system can work at its optimal level. Once the immune system is working properly, the body will begin to heal.

These are simply a few natural remedies you can implement in your home today to help ease allergy symptoms. Would love to learn more about what you do during allergy season.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland, CEO/Founder of Dr. Mommy and Friends, is a doctor, mom, wife, author, ‘Get Real’ speaker. Her love of helping and educating others has branched to blog talk radio and syndicated radio shows and television.

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