Seasonal allergies are annoying, especially in the summer when people want to spend time outside where the causes of many allergies are. Plants release pollen, their method of reproduction. Many people have no reaction to pollen in the air they breathe but over 30 million people do react to some form of air borne allergen at some time during the pollen release season.
As pollen counts increase, human bodies release histamines, a natural substance to counteract pollen allergies. But for people whose bodies over react, histamines are released in excess and the seasonal allergy symptoms show up- runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc.
A quick trip to the doctor may result in a nasal spray prescription to counteract allergy symptoms but many people prefer not to use lots of prescription drugs, especially if only a few types of pollen are the cause of seasonal allergies. There are some more natural remedies that may help alleviate certain types of seasonal allergy miseries.
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, antioxidant and antitoxin. Many natural medicine aficionados recommend taking high levels of vitamin C during flare ups.
Homemademedicine.com recommends “taking 1,000 milligrams five times a day for four to five days. Follow this with 1,000 milligrams three times a day for three weeks; then take 1,000 milligrams a day for two months. Some people with allergies find mineral ascorbate vitamin C or esterified vitamin C (Ester-C) easier to tolerate than simple ascorbic acid.”
They also recommend the sulfur in MSM for relief of allergy symptoms. They recommend 500 milligrams three or four times daily, with meals.
Studies have shown the reishi mushrooms may be affective against allergic reactions as well as other health problems.
Nettle is a natural antihistamine. A number of sources recommend regular use of nettle tea or nettle capsules leading up to and continuing through allergy season. Learn more about nettles in the Weekly Weeder #16 – Common Nettle.
Mint oils and heat from mint tea or inhaling mint steam help to relax airways and may make breathing easier.
Naturally anti-inflammatory, turmeric may sooth fatigue and aches associated with allergies. Homemade medicine recommends 500 milligrams three times daily. You can also use it in cooking.
Always consult your doctor or allergist before introducing an intense regimen of new products into your body. Watch for side effects that are listed on each product or search online for more information before taking any new remedy.
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