These days we’re all looking for natural alternatives to taking medicines for all sorts of things especially allergies. The great news is that allergies are one of those things that can be combatted in a lot of different ways that are totally natural and safe for all ages.
Here are 7 Ways to Fight Allergies Naturally
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix a teaspoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother into a glass of water and drink it three times daily during allergy season. This is supposed to boost the immune system and helps break up mucus. You can take the teaspoon full straight without drinking it but the taste is not pleasant. You can also add honey or lemon to the drink to give yourself an extra boost, plus some more flavor.
Bee Pollen can be sprinkled on salads or enjoyed a number of ways. Try to find locally sourced bee pollen from a beekeeper near you. It’s more beneficial if you can do that. I’ll go into that in more detail further down. It takes just ¼ a teaspoon every day though you can go up to 2 teaspoons if you like. Unfortunately, there isn’t a consensus in the medical community on if it is effective or not. But, if you’re looking for relief, this is a fairly easy, cheap option to try.
Elderberry syrup is growing in popularity with people looking for natural ways to stay healthy and fight illness. That includes many allergies along with the flu, sinus pain, even chronic nerve pain. You can grow the elderberries yourself, they’re incredibly easy to grow. Or you can buy their syrup in just about every health food store.
It might seem a little bit odd but yes, getting exercise helps alleviate allergy symptoms. This could be yoga, jogging (though it might be best to do it indoors), or well really anything that gets you moving and gets your heart pumping. Yoga is a fantastic option because it also helps with stress, which is known to make allergies worse.
Locally sourced honey is amazing at fighting allergies. Why? Because local bees will be using the same grass and flowers that you’re having your allergies towards in making their honey. Basically, you’re getting a tiny amount of exposure to that plant when you eat honey. Doing this can actually eliminate your allergies completely if you’re lucky.
Neti Pot and Saline Rinse
One solution that has often been touted as the best alternative to medications is using a neti pot and a saline rinse to clean out your nose and sinuses. While I am including this on the list for the sake of completeness, I actually want to tell you NOT to use this method. Misusing it can result in brain-eating amoebas which will KILL YOU. If done well, then yes, your sinuses will be cleared temporarily. But for me, the risk of brain eating amoebas is just too much of a risk. I’d rather have stuffed up sinuses, thanks!
You’ve seen this idea before if you know anything about Japanese culture. Wearing a mask both to help you keep from getting sick and to save others from getting sick because of you. Well, these masks work great against allergies too! Pollen and other particles that cause allergies aren’t able to penetrate the mask so you’re never exposed to the allergens.
Do you or your children suffer from allergies? Do you use any of the tips listed above? If not, please tell us how you naturally fight allergies for you or your children.
My hubs needs this. He has this tiny non-stop cough. I’ve heard of local honey, but not bee pollen. I’ll have to find some!