7 Most Underrated Yet Effective Natural Remedies Against Allergies

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It’s finally spring season, but with that,
it’s also the time of the year again where either you or someone you know start getting
seasonal allergies. your doctor may prescribe medications like Benadryl, Iterax and Claritin (not sponsored) for quick relief. But did you know that there are natural remedies
for your allergies? Today we’re gonna talk about the 7 most underrated
yet effective natural remedies against seasonal allergies. They may not be that fast-acting compared
to the usual over the counter decongestants and eye drops, but if used regularly for a
longer period, they’re a better alternative to the commercially produced anti-allergy
meds or anti-histamines. It’s also safer to include them in your daily
routine and diet, since doing so minimizes addiction to over the counter decongestants. There are different kinds of allergies, and
this video is only suitable for those who have chronic but milder and non-life threatening
kind of allergies. Also please consult your trusted medical practitioner
first if you’re lactating or pregnant, or taking some prescribed medications before
trying these out. Though the following natural remedies are
generally safe, it’s still better to be extra cautious. #1 Local unprocessed honey from bees They said the best way to actually treat allergies
is to be regularly exposed to the allergen and hopefully overtime, your body learns to
get desensitized from them and resist any allergic reaction on its own. If you’re suffering from pollen-induced seasonal
rhinitis, a better way to build tolerance from pollens in your area is to take at least
a tablespoon of raw honey produced by the bees which collect the same pollen that you
are suffering from. You can add it in your tea, smoothies, or
even bread. Aside from tasting really good and helping
you overcome seasonal allergies, raw honey has phytonutrients that fight infections and
even reduce the risks of cancer. Make sure you get the raw kind from bees though
from a trusted source, and not the heavily processed ones or even the fake ones from
sugarcane, because the latter ones have less nutrients and also higher concentration of
sugar that induces inflammation instead. #2 Fermented foods Sometimes the root cause of an allergic attack
isn’t sensitivity, but having an imbalance in your immune system. A good place to start restoring that balance
is through your gut, and many studies such as the recent one done last year by Carol
Stephanie Tan-Lim and Natasha Ann Esteban-Ipac from the Philippines prove that the presence
of good bacteria in your tummy can reduce allergies. Adding fermented foods in your regular diet,
such as yogurt and kimchi, boosts beneficial bacteria in your gut. You can also take probiotic shots everyday. Not only will doing so alleviate (if not treat)
allergies, having enough good bacteria and healthy gut can also contribute to good mental
health. In a study done by Jeroen Raes and his team
in Belgium, they discovered that some people suffering
from depression (that no antidepressants seem to help them) actually have low levels of good
bacteria in their digestive tract. They have proven that there is indeed a strong
gut and mind connection and who knew the “butterflies in your stomach” feeling is now backed by
science. #3 Raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar Organic apple cider vinegar which is more
potent than its processed version — apple juice, is also touted as a natural remedy for allergies. While fermented foods act as probiotic and
boost good bacteria in the gut, apple cider vinegar on the other hand is considered as
prebiotic– something that promotes a healthy environment or microbiome to help good bacteria
in our digestive tract to thrive and flourish. As it maintains a good level of acidity in our
gut, it also aids in digestion and kills off harmful bacteria. To make the most of its benefits, it’s best
to take apple cider vinegar upon waking up or at least 30 minutes before meal. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a
glass of water. You may also add lemon or honey to improve
the taste. This isn’t advisable though for those with
hyperacidity especially the ones who experienced having gastritis or ulcers in the past. A good alternative to apple cider vinegar
is eating apples regularly along with green leafy vegetables since they contribute to
a healthy gut as well. #4 Green Tea In a study done by Mari Maeda-Yamamoto, Kaori
Ema and Ikuo Shibuichi from Japan, drinking green tea regularly not only has
therapeutic effects, but also relieves allergies. Greent tea is the least processed kind of
tea, so compared to others like black and oolong teas, green tea contains the highest
amount of EGCG. Similar to quercetin found in spices like
onions, EGCG can also block the production of histamines that triggers allergic reactions
in our body. EGCG is also an antioxidant that protects
and have anti-aging benefits on the skin. It’s best to drink a cup of green tea naturally
instead of taking commercially produced green tea capsules though. You may drink it along with honey and milk. Even though green tea contains some caffeine,
it’s just enough to make you alert without triggering nervousness and anxiety, and doesn’t
disrupt your sleeping cycle the way other caffeineited drinks do. #5 Inhaling aromatherapy oils If you need a slightly faster relief against
seasonal allergy, especially rhinitis, you may consider inhaling aromatherapy oils. In a study done back in 2015 in South Korea, Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park have proven
that inhaling a blend of Ravensara, frankincense and sandalwood oils is safe and effective
against allergic rhinitis. This aromatic blend also promotes better sleep. Ravensara oil is a very underrated essential
oil which has a lot of benefits. It has a potent anti-viral, anti-microbial
and anti-fungal properties, and it boosts your respiratory and immune system too. But since it is a strong essential oil, if
you’re pregnant or lactating, it’s not advised to use this. A safer alternative to ravensara is tea tree
oil. Tea tree oil is also a powerful oil which
can destroy airborne pathogens that may trigger allergies. You can use it in your diffuser, or use as
part of natural detergent at home especially for your laundry. Though tea tree oil can also reduce swelling
from allergies, it’s best to do a skin patch test first since some sensitive individuals
experience allergic dermatitis from it instead. Also, never ingest this oil. Frankincense oil on the other hand is a potent
oil in not only boosting your immune system but also in reducing inflammation in your
body. If you diffuse frankincense in your home and
office for a few hours everyday, it helps open up breathing passages and provide soothing
relief especially to those suffering from asthma. If frankincense isn’t readily available in
your place, a good alternative is using eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil also opens up the lungs and
sinuses which improves breathing. You can add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential
oil in a bowl of boiling water. Put a towel over your head while inhaling
the steam deeply for around 10 minutes or so depending on how fast it provides relief. Sandalwood oil is also a great oil for seasonal
allergies. It is considered to be a good expectorant
and can even calm your nerves. This in turn curbs any impulses including
overeating, so some fitness junkies also attest to how effective sandalwood is in keeping
them in good shape. However, sandalwood oil is expensive not only
because of its high demand and popularity, but also because of the difficulty in harvesting
it. A cheaper alternative to sandalwood is lemon
oil. You can use it in your diffuser or add a few
drops of it in a steam inhaler. Lemon oil not only helps in allergic rhinitis,
but also uplifts people’s moods. If added in a drink such as tea, lemon oil
supports lymphatic system drainage which discourages fluid retention, detoxifies the body, and
promotes weight loss. #6 Acupressure Massaging and applying firm pressure regularly
to certain points in the body can also help reduce allergy symptoms. To open up your sinuses and relieve allergic
rhinitis, use your index fingers on both hands and gently but firmly press the upper part
of your laugh line alongside your nose. Breathe deeply and do this for at least 3
minutes. Then afterwards, slightly move up and firmly
press the sides of your nose. Breathe deeply again and do this for another
3 minutes. Afterwards, using your index fingers and thumbs,
move up and carefully press the top of your inner eyebrows as if pinching them. Inhale and exhale deeply and spend another
3 minutes. Then using the base of your palm, gently but
firmly press the area between your eyebrows. Do this for another 3 minutes or more until
you find some relief, while breathing deeply. And finally using your index and middle fingers,
gently press the base of your skull where your neck meets your head and then slightly
move sideways towards your ears wherever it feels slightly sore and gently press this
point for another 3 minutes. Continue breathing deeply. As an added boost, firmly press this point
on top of your feet between your large toes and 2nd toes. Breathe deeply as you hold these points for
another 3 minutes. #7 Vitamin C In a study done by Stacy Thornhill and Ann-Marie
Kelly in the US, , they discovered that taking 500 mg to 2
grams of Vitamin C daily actually act as antihistamine especially for those suffering from allergic
rhinitis. Like ECGC, vitamin C can inhibit the secretion
of histamines in the body. Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory and boosts our immune system. Aside from incorporating enough amounts of
fruits and vegetables in our diet, we may naturally get the needed amount of vitamin
C by drinking lemon water and apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning upon waking
up. But again, if you have hyperacidity, you may
consider adding herbs in your meals instead such as thyme and parsley which contain almost
similar amount of vitamin C as mustard spinach — about 130 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. So which one of these natural anti-allergy
remedies worked for you? Let us know down the comments below. If someone you know is suffering from seasonal
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