Everyone dreads allergy season and the accompanying sniffles, sneezing and coughing. Many people are wary of allergy medications for good reasons. They don’t always work, and often come with side effects. Many allergy sufferers are seeking natural relief from their symptoms, and are hoping to find ways to get through the dreaded season without having to worry about drowsiness or irritation of the nasal passages.
It should be remembered that there are certain changes people with allergies can make to alleviate their symptoms. Changing curtains and bed linens regularly, and vacuuming often can go a long way towards reducing exposure to allergens. It is also important to get checked by a doctor to ensure that your allergies aren’t a reaction to something you consume regularly.
There are also quite a few products on the market that you can use to help treat allergies naturally . Some of the most popular ones are:
Eucalyptus Oil & Menthol Crystals
While there is not much in the way of scientific study, many people agree that this oil is useful when it comes to alleviating congestion. When babies get colds, parents are understandably cautious about giving them prescription or over-the-counter cold remedies. One healthy alternative to medication is to place a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the baby’s pillow at night. This will improve breathing and help the baby to sleep easier.
Another option is to use menthol crystals in hot water. The vapors fill the room and ease congestion making breathing easier. In both of these cases, the results are temporary but added to the fact that there are no harmful side effects, they are a welcome option.
They also work well for adults.
Homemade Saline drops
Believe it or not, it’s not necessary to go out and bay OTC saline solutions, as you can make your own at home. All you need is one cup of warm water to a level teaspoon of salt. If your child has been suffering from a stuffy nose, two drops in each nostril before bed will make breathing easier throughout the night.
This substance is taken from plants, and is referred to as a bioflavonoid. It has shown anti-inflammatory capabilities and slows or prevents the release of histamine. Good sources of quercetin are tomatoes, apples, onions, wine and citrus fruits, but it is necessary to take supplements to get enough to relieve your allergies. On a note of caution, quercetin is known to interact with some drugs, especially antibiotics. Consult your doctor before using it, and it is not to be used by anyone with liver disease.
The food you eat can help ward off allergy attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help prevent or lessen the severity of allergy symptoms. Omega-3 combats inflammation, keeping airways clear. As another incentive it is also good for the heart. Fish is a great source of omega-3 but flax seed oil taken daily can also boost your levels of this important fatty acid.
Peppers and hot mustard also offer temporary relief from congestion, but for individuals with stomach problems such as acid reflux or ulcers it is best to avoid this option.
Minimize consumption of foods known to produce mucus, such as cheese if you have allergy problems, especially during the height of the season. It makes sense to take the preemptive approach to dealing with allergies. Try to keep your home is as dust free as possible, make sure your diet includes vitamin C and omega-3.
When it comes to allergies, no matter what the ads may say, there really is no such thing as 100% relief. For those who are not comfortable with putting too many drugs into their system however, they should certainly consider the options listed above. Your body will thank you for it.
December 3rd, 2008
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