Homemade remedies including treatment with herbs, homeopathy and common household ingredients provide natural antihistamines, relieve symptoms and prevent their return.
So did you work out why the Vitamin C works?
It’s because Vitamin C is a an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory; it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions.
Read on for more natural and homemade remedies…..
contain more vitamin C gram for gram, than oranges (especially the yellow kiwifruit variety). They also contain bioflavanoids, these are antioxidants that complement vitamin C’s effect in the body and are potent anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories. Other good food sources of vitamin C and bioflavanoids include citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango.
Pineapple is a rich source of bromelain , an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.
Commonly used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, this spice contains
a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that are comparable to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs.
has been found to have anti-allergy properties, which inhibit the release of histamine. Turmeric can be used in dried form or fresh if you can get it.
By eating an Onion
it is said that it can help keep your hay fever at bay. Onions are packed with the flavanoid quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine. It is best if you can eat red onions raw and tossed through salads, or on sandwiches or in cooked dishes. Quercetin is also found in apples, kale, red grapes, berries, cherries and parsley.
Licorice and nettle teas.
Studies have shown that nettle te can help relieve inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and ease nasal congestion, sneezing and itching. Drinking licorice tea can also alleviate the symptoms. Licorice root has a soothing effect and helps reduce irritation of the respiratory system
Orange and green fruit and vegetables.
The vibrant colour of carrots, pumpkin, apricots, mango and papaya indicates high levels of
, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Green leafy veg are also an excellent source (the orange colour is masked by their green chlorophyll content). Vitamin A is important for healthy mucous membranes throughout the respiratory tract. It also helps promote healthy immune function, prevent secondary respiratory infections and reduce inflammation.
Horseradish and garlic
Horseradish is a pungent root vegetable which acts as a decongestant, helping to clear nasal passages. Grated fresh horseradish root adds a lovely kick to roast meats and vegetables.
helps clear nasal congestion and its potent antibiotic properties help prevent secondary respiratory infections in chronic suffers. It is also a good source of quercetin, a natural anti-histamine.
contain beneficial bacteria, and taking them can help boost our intestinal tract, so a daily dose of probiotics can help hay fever sufferers restore a more balanced immune response to pollens. Without a healthy balance of good bacteria in our gut, our immunity is likely to be compromised, leaving us more susceptible to developing allergies and illnesses. You will often see on Nutritionist pages that they recommend taking a
supplement daily; they will also suggest consuming fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickled sprouts and vegetables and miso and drinks suck as kombucha and kefir.
is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms. You can put ginger in almost any smoothie which are trending at the moment. A good juice combination is carrot, celery, orange, apple and ginger. You can also add in some green “leafies” such as parsley, mint, kale or spinach. Fresh ginger can be added to curries and stir-fries, and is delicious made as a hot or iced tea. There is some interesting research on why ginger can help with hayfever symptoms
And next another of my favourite go to areas for self healing........
Treatment with herbs
Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms. Some herbalists suggest smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhaling to prevent hay fever symptoms.
tea and raw honey works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.
blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best homemade remedies for building the immune system.
tea relieves nasal and sinus congestion. Drink it cold to sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.
reduces inflammation, blocking histamines and leukotrienes. Studies suggest the herb is effective for relieving sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and headaches. People allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum should avoid butterbur.
liquid diluted in water makes an excellent eye wash to soothe itchy eyes. Use non-alcoholic calendula. Add a dropper full of colloidal silver to enhance the anti-microbial action and reduce inflammation.
Sources for this article include:
The British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy: Hayfever
Home Remedies: Hay Fever
About.com -- Alternative Medicine: Natural Allergy Remedies
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Truestar Health: Homeopathic Remedies for Hay Fever
Natural News: Homeopathic Remedies Help Allergies and Hay Fever
Mayo Clinic: Lifestyle and Home Remedies