All-Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Nearly 30 percent of the worldwide population is affected by hay fever, a common seasonal allergy to pollen that causes itchy eyes and sinus congestion and irritation. With an abundance of plant and pollen diversity, seasonal allergies can hit in the spring, summer and in the fall.
Many reach for over-the-counter medications to battle the painful sinus congestion and irritation that comes with hay fever. These medications don’t leave everyone satisfied. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, antihistamines can only relieve up to 80 percent of symptoms, and other medications like oral decongestants can lead to unpleasant symptoms.
With this necessity for relief from seasonal allergies and less than guaranteed over-the-counter solutions available, many hay fever sufferers have found all-natural remedies to soothe their seasonal discomfort. Read on to see what natural allergy remedies are available.
Local Honey: Many swear by taking raw, local honey regularly, as it helps build up immunity to the pollen that triggers seasonal hay fever reactions. Stop by your local farmers market to see if there are any local bee keepers selling honey. Though there isn’t any scientific proof to support this remedy, many claim it is a liquid gold hay fever cure.
Hot Showers: Upon returning to your home during the height of hay fever season, take a shower to cleanse your sinuses and remove any pollen your body collected during the day.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been found to be an effective method of managing seasonal allergy symptoms.
Natural Antihistamines: Try natural antihistamine remedies like stinging nettle leaf and butterbur. These herbal remedies are available in capsules at health food stores.
Before the next wave of pollen hits your town, be sure your toolbox of natural allergy remedies is ready. Through experimentation, you’ll find the perfect combination to soothe your symptoms. Consult your doctor before trying any alternative treatment.