Top Ten Home Remedies for Allergy Sufferers

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    Spring, with its pollen, can be the absolute worse time of year for those who suffer from allergies. No, summer, with its smog, can be horrible for allergies. Wait, fall...the time of year when all the trees decide to shed their leaves can be devastating for allergy sufferers. And winter! The dust collection in your house can leave allergy sufferers in misery.

     If you are one of those people who seems to always have sinus and allergy problems, any time of the year can fill you with dread. The itchy, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and in more severe cases, hives and difficulty breathing can be a nightmare.

     While you can never completely hide from allergens, or the substances which cause your body to overreact and cause problems for you, you can use simple home remedies to relieve your symptoms during allergy season-whichever season that may be.

  1. Try drinking peppermint tea. Not only is drinking tea in itself a relief to most allergy sufferers, but the added peppermint acts as a decongestant and anti-inflammatory to help soothe your sinuses.

  2. Take a hot shower. The steam from the shower will help your sinuses, and the warmth of the shower itself can help to relax you.

  3.  This seems simple, but can be forgotten. Don’t mow the grass-leave that to someone else. If you have a pet in the house, wash your hands after handling him.

  4. Wear sunglasses. The sunglasses can act to protect your eyes from wind-blown allergens such as pollen and dust.

  5. Rinse out your nose. Quite literally, actually. Use a saline solution to irrigate your nasal passages, which can remove pollen from your nose as well as inflamed cells.

  6. Boost your immune system:

    a.  Make use of the vitamin C tablets in your cabinet, and beef up your intake of citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons.

    b. Take Zinc. While zinc can be found in foods, the best thing to do is to use a liquid ionic supplement to dramatically increase your zinc intake. Zinc helps to buff up the immune system, helping to fight off infections.

    c. Take Selenium. Selenium will also improve immune system function. Find more benefits on selenium and how selenium can help improve your overall health here.      

  7. Garlic is a great, natural immune booster as well. Add it to your favorite dishes or even cooked by itself.

           Want to learn more about garlic and its health benefits?  Check out this article!

  8. Eat fresh, raw honey from a local source will also improve your allergy symptoms. Be sure to buy local, though.

  9. You can also make a great lime tea by mixing ½ teaspoon of lime juice with 1 teaspoon of honey in hot water.

  10. Stay healthy by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid prepackaged, processed foods if at all possible (it usually is).

     All of these tips will help to reduce your allergy symptoms naturally, without using expensive medications with harsh side effects. Most of these are quite inexpensive, simple things you can do at home and will provide amazing relief from your worst allergy symptoms.