9 Natural Remedies for Allergies That Actually Work
I survived 24 allergy seasons on the pollen-heavy east coast without a cold. Can you blame me for officially dodging this genetic bullet? Year after year I watched my older brother sneeze and suffer, suffocate Claritin to relieve his symptoms, sympathize with his apparent misery, but still be grateful that I could spend the spring outdoors and breathe calmly. That is, until I moved to LA and woke up one morning with a debilitating pain radiating through my sinuses.
I thought it was just a cold because hello, I don't have any allergies. But after two weeks had passed without relief - and then I noticed that my symptoms worsened after being outside for more than a few minutes - I grumpily began to accept my fate. And then a former New Yorker confirmed it: She too was allergy-free for most of her life until she changed coasts. Maybe it was just a fluke and it's really a question of age; My working theory is that California has bionic pollen that our airways have not been conditioned for. Regardless of the cause, the conclusion remains the same: I now suffer from seasonal allergies. What a joy.
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Here's the thing: Aside from a serious illness, I'm not great at taking any medication - not even Advil. I have had great success treating minor symptoms and ailments with natural remedies, Eastern medicine, and a healthy lifestyle. This has been my MO for about six years so it was a big deal - and an indication of how bad I was feeling - that I considered getting a prescription for allergy pills.
But, despite my itchy eyes and the distinct feeling of a truck driving into my sinus repeatedly, I made a deal: I would try home remedies for allergies first, and if nothing got better in a week then I'd hit my local pharmacy . I had to do some research and the next day (I love you, Amazon Prime) I had an arsenal of holistic remedies on my doorstep, ready to test.
That was a Monday. On Wednesday of that week, I was able to breathe from one of my nostrils. That weekend the pain finally subsided and on the following Saturday I was back on my favorite hiking trail with few complaints. At this point, I felt it was safe to declare my methods successful.
So how did I do that? I wish I could say I had a magical, natural pill that did the job, but it really was about a lifestyle overhaul backed up by some specific natural allergy remedies. Read on for the recipe.
Step 1: give my body some TLC
Whenever I feel "out" in any way, I always check my lifestyle first: am I eating right? To do sports? Get enough sleep? Sure enough, I realized that stress for little things in the office, lack of eyes, and too many happy hours were probably doing my immune system a disservice.
So my first plan of attack was to restore my healthy habits. I committed to my eight hours a night, filled my refrigerator with clean groceries, and decided to go cold with alcohol for a couple of weeks. Hiking, my preferred method of exercise, was out of the question until I was able to go outside. So I decided to stream simple workouts at home.
And FWIW, I also thoroughly cleaned and condensed my entire apartment - to get rid of dust and other potential irritants (especially since I have a lot of house plants), but also because I never underestimate the effects of a tidy apartment. stress free, calm environment has on my body.
Step 2: replenish vitamins
8G Greens dietary supplement ($ 14)
Confession Alert: I'm not the best at taking my daily vitamins, which is not ideal if you are on a plant-based diet. I always forget! But that wouldn't fly while I was sick, so I doubled down on that habit and checked my supplements as a reminder on my desk.
Cool Fact About Vitamin C: Studies Show That 2000 milligrams per day can lower histamine levels by up to 40%. This is powerful stuff! While I was taking a variety of vitamins every day, I particularly focused on replenishing vitamin C both through my diet and with my handy 8G tablets that I usually just slip into my water bottle.
Garden of Life Vitamin C ($ 23)
Step 3: fight pollen with pollen
Stakich Bee Pollen Granules ($ 20)
It doesn't sound intuitive to consume pollen when that is exactly what torments your body, but bee pollen is magical stuff. Not only is it antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral, and even beneficial against cancer, but it is also anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. I sprinkled a tablespoon in my smoothie every morning for extra relief.
Step 4: Boosting My Immune System With ACV
Shire City Fire Cider ($ 15)
Is there anything apple cider vinegar can't do? Not only is it the ultimate beauty multitasker (mover, coconut oil), but it also offers a range of health and health benefits, most notably antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, it's a great natural remedy for allergies. My tonic for when I'm feeling out under the weather includes ACV, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, lemon, ginger, and sometimes garlic - all ingredients that provide a natural immune boost and instant sore throat and sinus relief.
Don't want to collect these ingredients at home? Try this handy bottle brew. Cheers to breathe a little easier - and actually enjoy the better weather.
Bragg Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Nut (2 Pack) ($ 11)
Step 5: avoid pollen at all costs
That doesn't mean you have to be a recluse during allergy season, but be aware of your exposure to pollen and check levels online to prepare. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you delegate gardening or gardening to others if pollen levels are high, remove clothing that you wore outside when you are inside, and shower outside after you shower to keep the pollen off your hair and yours Rinse off body.
Step 6: purify the air
Levoit air purifier ($ 85)
Change the filters on your air conditioning system regularly. You can also invest in a dehumidifier or portable air filter, the Mayo Clinic recommends.
Coway AP-1512HH White HEPA Air Purifier ($ 199)
Step 7: use a neti pot
Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot ($ 15)
You can also use a neti pot to flush out irritants. It's important to note that you should always use distilled, sterile, or pre-boiled water, not tap water, as it contains organisms that can stay alive in nasal passages and cause infections, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Step 8: try acupuncture
A 2013 study found that using acupuncture to treat allergies caused some improvement in participants. The Mayo Clinic says since there is little sign of damage it is worth trying, but speak to your doctor first.
Step 9: get hold of essential oils
Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil ($ 7)
Essential oils can be used as remedies for a number of problems, and some people believe they can treat allergies as well. Peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oils can help.
Medicinal solutions eucalyptus essential oil ($ 6)
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This article was originally published earlier and has been updated since then.
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