Anyone with seasonal allergies dreads the time of year when their bodies turn on them.
For several years of my life, the months of March and November meant itchy, red, and watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, rashes, and wheezing. All common symptoms of seasonal allergies.
I didn’t want to do anything but sit inside with a box of tissues during these particular times of the year. Seasonal allergies are caused by allergic reactions to molds, tree pollen, weeds, and grasses.
Runny noses, sleepless nights, and nasal congestion can leave you feeling depleted. And with the nice weather calling you out of your cave – you definitely want to go outside and enjoy the sun… But you’re stuck inside because allergies are kicking your butt.
What should you do?
You can stay inside and not enjoy the weather and fresh air, you can take popular and heavily “pushed” medications that come with some potentially nasty side effects, or you can try the all natural approaches to curing allergies that I’ll share with you below.
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8 Tips to Eliminate Allergies
#1. Try AllergiClear
AllergiClear is a very powerful herbal remedy and you probably won’t forget it now that you’ve heard it. There have been several studies showing the herbs and flavanoids found in AllergiClear have been shown to be very helpful in treating seasonal allergies. One naturopath says you just need to take four AllergiClear capsules a day to get your allergy symptoms (regardless of type) under control with no side effects.
#2. Eat Locally Produced Bee Pollen
Eating bee pollen that is locally produced will reduce your sensitivity to pollens in the area. This is a preventative and a treatment. It will help you control those allergy symptoms when spring rolls around. In fact, within minutes of my first pinch of bee pollen, all of my symptoms completely stopped. My eyes stopped watering, my throat and ears stopped itching and my sinuses opened up. The power of nature is truly impressive.
If consuming raw bee pollen isn’t an option for you, I invite you to check out Royal jelly. Fresh Royal Jelly is a thick, milky substance secreted from the pharyngeal glands of a special group of young nurse bees between their 6th and 12th days of life after birth.
Royal Jelly and bee pollen have been known to be an effective alternative treatment for asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bonefractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol.
#3. Eat Organic Raw Honey
I bet you didn’t think honey was good for your immune system. Well, refined, sugary honey isn’t. However, really raw honey – the kind you can get at the health food store – is great for your immune system.
Add to that Royal Jelly, and you’ve got yourself an immune system-boosting mix courtesy of bees. Try taking raw honey in hot green tea every morning during allergy season. It will clear the nasal passages and make you feel better at work. Raw honey is not known to most people, but just look it up in any naturopathic encyclopedia to see how good for you it is.
Apitherapy Honey with Organic Edelberry syrup is incredibly powerful at clearing mucus and reducing nasal congestion.
#4. Buy A Juicer
You mean you don’t have a juicer already? How can you be healthy without a juicer, or at least a powerful commercial blender?Operating at the sound level of normal conversation the Professional 800 is the quietest most capable blender in the world. What easier way is there to support your immune system than seven servings of different fruits and vegetables each day in a blended drink or juice? There are certain foods that are better to juice than others during allergy season.
Ginger, for example, is a natural antihistamine, and it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne pepper is great too. Consider a concoction of green apple, cayenne pepper, ginger, and peeled lemon. It can be a little strong, so be careful with it!
#5. Consume Vitamin C (especially after exercise)
Getting vitamin C from a food-based source is best. Artificial aka synthetic vitamin C isn’t absorbed as well as vitamin C from a food-based source (because of a concept called bioavailability). If you’re favorite vitamin c containing foods aren’t in season, try a supplement like Nature’s Way Vitamin C.
#6. Take A Shower
Good old-fashioned showering can work wonders. A hot steamy shower can clear out the sinuses and nasal passages, if only for a short period of time.
#7 Burn Beeswax Candles
Of all the strange things that pollute that air and cause all sorts of problems from allergies to respiratory distress, buring beeswax candles to help clean the air in your home would be the last thing you’d expect.
This one’s not well known, but burning beeswax candles cleans the air by emitting negative ions. This increase the ratio of negative ions to positive ions, which is the ideal and necessary scenario for clean air. Basically, (positively) charged junk like dust, pollen and various toxins, fall from the air onto the floor via static electricity. Pretty rad huh?
#8. Decorate With Houseplants
One of the best things I did for my respiratory health when i was growing up, was putting certain types of houseplants in every room of my home. Not only did this apparently help with eradicating my asthma symptoms, I no longer found myself suffering in the fall each year after the first rains.
Not only do houseplants do a great job at removing volatile organic compounds, but they also convert the carbon dioxide that we exhale with each breath into fresh oxygen.
The following plants have been show to be particularly effective at cleaning indoor air:
- Parlor palm
- English ivy
- Spider plant
- Chinese evergreen
- Bamboo palm or reed palm
- Heartleaf philodendron
- Selloum philodendron
- Elephant ear philodendron
- Red-edged dracaena
- Cornstalk dracaena
- Janet Craig dracaena
- Warneck dracaena
- Weeping fig
- Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy
- Pot mum or florist’s chrysanthemum
- Rubber plant
If you’ve got terrible allergies this season, don’t rush to the store for medications right away.
Skip that appointment with the allergist. Try these natural remedies first. Of course, if your allergies are so bad, and these remedies aren’t working, don’t go completely natural just for the sake of going fully natural. Instead, go to a top-rated allergist in your area and get a prescription for a serious allergy medication with very few common side effects.
You might have terrible reactions to certain allergy medications, like fatigue, drowsiness, and mental fog. If you’ve experienced bad reactions to allergy medications in the past, then consider going the completely natural route this time around. Always have a backup plan though. If these natural remedies don’t work, have an allergy medication or doctor’s number on hand so you don’t have too many bad work days.
Health by choice, not by chance.