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Top 5 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 19 Mar 2016 - 10:54

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Seasonal allergies also known as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever affects the human respiratory system and can cause a lot of discomfort.  Seasonal allergies are the allergic symptoms that exist during certain times of the year. Trees, grass, mold and pollen are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies.  When you have symptoms such as sneezing, coughing or suffering from runny nose, scratchy throat, chest tightness, itchy eyes, sinus drainage or breathing problems during certain times of the year,  it indicates that you may have seasonal allergy.

What triggers seasonal allergies? Although seasonal allergies are usually referred to tress, grass, mold and pollen, another group of allergy triggers are also closely associated to particular seasons. They include:

  • Insect bites and stings, especially in summer and spring
  • Smoke; campfires in summer, fireplaces in winter
  • Candy components (Valentine’s day, Christmas, Halloween and Easter)
  • Chlorine involved in indoor and outdoor swimming pools

5 Effective Home Remedies, which are completely safe, affordable and will help soothe the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

1.      Nettle-Peppermint Tea: Luteolin-7-O-rutinoside is a type of flavonoid that is found in peppermint, which can help suppress the activity and secretion of histamine (anti-inflammatory enzyme) and also reduce the unpleasant discomfort that comes along them.

Preparation of nettle-peppermint tea: Take a quarter cup of chopped fresh peppermint and 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf and place them in 8 ounces of boiling water. Let it steep for about 15 minutes, strain and then add lemon and honey (optional) to sweeten the taste. Drink this twice a day to relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

2.      Neti pots: Neti pots may look strange, but they are fast gaining the popularity for the best remedy to rinse sinuses. This treatment helps loosen mucus and flush out allergens like pollen. Neti pots are small vessels and very easy to use. It has been used in India for centuries to flush the sinuses and keep them clear.

An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology discovered that nasal flushing was a moderate and effective way to deal with seasonal allergies in children.

Flushing of Sinus: To flush your sinuses, mix a half teaspoon of salt and warm water (use distilled or boil water only) and pour it into your pot. Then slant your head to the side and pour the solution in one nostril and allow the water to drain out from the other nostril. Keep repeating the process on the opposite side. It is best to use a neti pot before going to bed to avoid snoring and breathing problems caused by allergies. You can use this two times a day during allergy season.

3.      Eucalyptus oil: A 2006 study published in the Journal of Zhejiang University Science indicated that eucalyptus oil can defeat dust mites, a common household allergen. The strong aroma of eucalyptus oil can help open your sinuses and nasal passages further. Researchers indicate that the essential oil, which is distilled from the fresh leaves of the eucalyptus tree, contains antibacterial, expectorant and anti-inflammatory effects that can help loosen phlegm in the respiratory passages and reduce breathing problems. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a vaporizer and use it as an inhaler.

4.      Dietary changes: A German study published in the Journal Allergy, discovered that individuals who consumed foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer from allergy symptoms as compared to those who didn’t. Omega-3s can be found in walnuts, flax-seed oil, cold-water fish and eggs, which help iron out inflammation.

Dr. Lisa Lewis, a Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, and graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington recommends consuming a moderate low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet. She recommends including more of dark green and leafy vegetables; cabbage, beets, yams, carrots, garlic, onion and cayenne.  Caffeine, chocolate, food colorings, sugar, peanuts, wheat, dairy products and alcohol must be cut down to reduce the symptoms of allergy.

5.      Citrus Drink: Citrus drinks have a good amount of vitamin C that can nourish your immune system and provide relief from seasonal allergies. When you suffer from allergies, your immune system struggles to function properly. Therefore citrus fruit juices help this condition. Half a lemon juice with 2 oranges can be chilled for couple of hours. It can be served with honey and ice. Drinking this regularly can help this condition.

A multi-centric study published in the Indian Journal of Allergy Asthma Immunol, discovered that:

  • Allergic Rhino Conjunctivitis existed in 3.3% of children aged 6-7 years and 5.6% of children aged 13-14 years.
  • The prevalence of allergic rhinitis was found to be 21.27% in children aged 4-17 years. However, another study showed that overall prevalence of allergic rhinitis was found to be 26.1% in school children.

A study showed that more than 50% of tobacco users had higher prevalence of allergic rhinitis as compared to about 13% non-tobacco users. Many people try to get rid of these allergies from drugs, which can later cause some serious side effects. 

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