Spring is here, the sun is shining, and warmer days are slowly melting
away those wintertime blues. This is great news for most, but for allergy
sufferers, early sunshine is fast eclipsed by a sore throat, sneezing,
congestion and itchy eyes - the sure signs of pollen allergies such as
hay fever. For most, a quick stop at the pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter
antihistamines will do the trick, but for others, it may not be so simple.
If your symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your daily routine, then
nothing beats a visit to your doctor. Prescribed allergy shots and immunotherapy
tablets have consistently proven to be the most effective treatment. However,
if your symptoms are less severe and you are looking for alternatives
to pills, natural remedies are fast paving the way to relief.
Honey is known not only for being a delicious, alternative to sugar but also
for its ability to soothe sore throats and suppress coughs. Some research
has also suggested that eating honey can help relieve allergy symptoms.
Although the evidence is not conclusive, it is thought that because bees
transfer pollen into honey, by eating a little bit of honey every day,
you may increase your resilience and immunity to the pollen in it. Local
honey is best, as it will contain the pollens most common to your area.
Neti Pots are like little teapots for your nose. They are designed to help you wash
the mucus out of your nasal passage. Simply pour one cup of distilled,
warm water into the pot, add three heaping teaspoons of iodized salt and
one teaspoon of baking soda. Then stir together until the salt has dissolved.
You are now ready to start rinsing. Tilt your head back and pour the water
up one nostril, until it comes out of the other. The salt helps to break
down the mucus, acting as a natural decongestant, while also relieving
pressure headaches caused by clogged sinuses.
Saline sprays are great over-the-counter alternatives to neti pots.
Spicy foods are known for their ability to clear clogged sinuses. If you’ve
ever eaten something so spicy that it made your eyes water and your nose
drip, you’ll know how effective it can be. Peppers, in particular,
get this reaction out of you because they contain capsaicin, which is
what makes them hot and which also aids weight loss. So, if you’ve
got the sunny day sniffles, try cooking with cayenne pepper, hot ginger,
fenugreek, garlic or onion.
Green Tea is a known antioxidant and excellent source to help combat the onset of
allergy symptoms early on. Just one cup a day helps decrease the intensity
of symptoms as well as providing a host of other benefits including lowering
high cholesterol. Sipping tea also works wonders to help you relax and
unwind after a long, hard day.
Herbal Supplements, such as butterbur, are thought to reduce inflammation in the airways.
Some research has shown that taking just one butterbur supplement tablet
a day, can help to relieve allergy symptoms as effectively as over the
counter antihistamines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if butterbur is
right for you.
Hot, steamy showers, are also an excellent way to soothe sinuses and ease congestion. Although
they offer only temporary relief, they have the added benefit of washing
away any allergens that might have attached themselves to your skin. There’s
nothing worse than discovering you’ve tracked pollen indoors and
spread it all over your furniture and clothing. Try adding a touch of
eucalyptus oil to your wash rag, to maximize the steamy, goodness of a
Have you got any natural allergy remedies that you find work well? Share
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.