The national library of medicine defines allergies as damaging immune responses or reactions by the body to a substance, esp. pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive. Whether it’s the sneezing, itchy and burning eyes, stuffiness or scratchy throat, allergies can be brutally annoying.
There are several types of medications to prevent and treat allergies. Which medicine your doctor recommends depends on the type and severity of your symptoms, your age, and overall health. Try the healing power of natural resources first.
Coach P’s 5 Natural Allergy Remedies
1. Place 3 teaspoons of dried thyme and 3 teaspoons dried peppermint (orthree peppermint tea bags) in a small heatproof bowl and add boiling water. Lean over the bowl, covering your head and the bowl with a thick towel, and inhale for 10 minutes, keeping your face 8 to 10 inches above the water. Repeat two to three times a day, as needed. Thyme is antibacterial, and the menthol in mint is a natural decongestant that eases breathing.
2. Ginger can reduce inflammation and ease pain—these actions, combined with the heat from the wet towel, work wonders on painfully congested sinuses. Here’s how: Slice up a 3-inch piece of ginger root. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan and add the ginger. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Soak a washcloth in the brew, make sure it’s not too hot to burn your skin, then apply to your face for 15 minutes or so. Do this lying on the couch with your head elevated to help your sinuses drain.
3. Black, green, and white teas are rich in flavonoids, plant chemicals that protect against inflammation.
4. A nice hot cup of steaming lemon tea with honey in the morning will wake up your nasal cilia, the itty-bitty hairs in your nose that whisk pollen and dust out of your nasal passages. If you have allergies, those cilia are liable to be sluggish. A cup of tea will rouse the cilia to keep pollen and air particles at bay so you’re not sneezing and coughing first thing in the morning. Add a little sage, fennel, or anise from your spice rack to help stimulate your nasal cilia even more.
5. Vitamins and minerals- Folate, Zinc, Omega 3’s, Vitamin E, Vitamin C
Coach P is a Holistic Coach and Nutrition Expert from New Jersey. She is WEGO Health, Health Activist and a member of The American Nutrition Association. Coach P is the founder of the holistic health and wellness, lifestyle brand Herbalosophy101. “Healthy living isn’t about perfection. It’s all about accurate balance; besides, I appreciate cheat days.” – Coach P. Connect with her on Twitter @coachpcare and www.herbalosophy101.com.