Allergies can arise from being continuously overexposed to the same allergens. Over-the-counter medications address the symptoms of allergies, while certain natural remedies can help to treat the cause. If you are not a fan of taking over-the-counter medications, below you will find alternatives to give you natural relief for seasonal allergies.
Local Raw Honey
Honeybees collect pollen from species of plants in a specific area. Bits and pieces of this pollen end up in the honey they make. When this honey is consumed in its raw state, it delivers manageable amounts of allergens to a person, helping to boost the immune system against possible allergic reactions to the pollen outside. To use honey as a true allergy remedy, consume a few spoonfuls a day of raw, local honey months prior to allergy season.
Using raw honey is important because when honey is heated or processed, most of the benefits are killed. In order for honey to benefit allergies, it must be in its orginal, God-created state. Local honey is important when treating allergies because your body can build a tolerance to local allergies if you use honey made from local plant sources.
Nettle leaf causes the body to release histamine and reduces inflammatory response. This can offer great relief to allergy sufferers. Nettle can be taken in capsules, tea, or tincture form.
Capsule – The typical recommended dose is 1-2 capsules 3 times a day. Follow suggested dosage on bottle.
Tincture – 2 dropperfuls of nettle tincture a day
Tea – 2-3 cups of nettle tea a day
Child dose: Take half the recommended adult dose.
When we have an allergy problem, we are experiencing an immune reaction. Vitamin C is a well-known immune booster. Taking 1000 mg. of vitamin C a day can help fight allergies.
Garlic is a popular culinary food, but many people don’t realize how it can benefit allergies. Like vitamin C, garlic is a great food for the immune system. Since boosting the immune system helps with allergies, garlic is another good herb to add to the list. Add fresh garlic to foods, or take garlic in capsule form. (You may want to try odorless garlic.)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking raw apple cider vinegar before going outside helps with seasonal allergies by blocking our body’s histamine reaction and reducing inflammation. It’s important to buy raw apple cider vinegar online or at a local health food store. Apple cider vinegar at typical grocery stores will not have the benefits that raw vinegar does. Stir in 1 tablespoon of raw vinegar into a glass of water and drink. Repeat this 3 times a day.
What is your favorite way to treat seasonal allergies?