Allergy season is upon us once again, as the natural world releases pollen and begins the growing cycle. For humans who suffer from the constant runny noses, scratchy throats and itchy eyes, this bountiful time can be frustrating instead. However, there can be relief for the sufferers of the seasonal pollen blight, that isn’t the usual over-the-counter medicines. There are natural remedies for the relief of seasonal allergies, that can be considered as an effective alternative.
Green Tea is a common household item that is a powerful natural remedy for congestion; drink two cups a day two weeks prior to allergy season for relief. An herb called butterbur is as effective as an over-the-counter antihistamines for blocking allergies; if you are allergic to ragweed, marigolds, or daisies however, butterbur may cause a reaction.
Hot spices such as cayenne pepper, hot ginger, or fenugreek (a plant grown in Europe and Asia) can be added to foods to help clear sinus passages. Some milder options, adding garlic or onion to a meal can un-clog your stuffy nose.
Dried fruits and some dairy products, like certain cheeses, can cause blood vessels to swell in your nose and cause congestion, and should be avoided. If you are allergic to ragweed, pollen or other weed pollen should avoid eating melon, bananas, cucumber, sunflower seeds, and drinking chamomile tea as they can make the symptoms worse.
The Neti pot is a little plastic teapot that is filled with distilled or sterile water that can be used to flush the pollen and dust from the nasal cavities, and can be found at your local drugstore. Flush out one nostril at a time, twice a day to relieve allergy symptoms.
The assault on the sinuses of seasonal pollen can a constant irritation for individuals with allergies, but these simple and natural remedies can relieve symptoms without the drowsiness of over-the-counter antihistamines. These natural allergy fighters combined with keeping a clean house can keep the spring beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.