Allergies can plague people at all times of the year, but those who are affected by pollen will likely suffer most in the spring and summer. Individuals who often visit the doctor for allergy relief may find that these DIY remedies are effective for treating allergies, particularly between doctor visits.
A saline solution is a practical and effective way to get rid of allergy symptoms. A mixture of salt and water reduces inflammation in the nasal cavity and reduces sneezing. A teaspoon of salt with a pint of warm water and a pinch of baking soda makes for a simple saline solution that can be assembled at home. Inhaling the solution, one nostril at a time, then releasing the mixture through the nose or mouth flushes toxins out of the nose and shields the nasal membranes from further allergy attacks. Saline solution can also be purchased for a few dollars at a local grocery or drug store. According to Discovery Health, individuals with asthma shouldn’t use saline solution without their doctor’s permission.
Allergy sufferers should install High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)filters in your home to keep pollen and other irritants out of the home. Dealing with allergies outdoors can be grueling enough; relief should always be found in the house. It’s also a good idea for people with allergies to wear masks outdoors to make breathing easier, and to stay away from things that can make a pollen allergy worse, like tobacco smoke or harsh perfumes.
Drinking chamomile or peppermint tea is essential for getting rid of swelling in the nasal membranes and removing infection in the facial cavity that can lead to sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. These teas have the ability to clear the airways, as do teas that contain lavender, milk thistle and dandelion. The ingredients remove infection in the lungs and cleanse the liver to reduce histamine levels in the body for allergy relief.
Honey and lemon are natural ingredients that reduce allergy symptoms as well. Both foods are antibacterial and can immediately ease breathing, while making tea taste much better. Both lemon and honey can be added to water for allergy relief as well. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to eliminate dry coughing, heaving and trouble breathing during allergy season.
This treatment is quite popular in the U.S. and Canada, and can be administered in the doctor’s office. However, there are homeopathic immunotherapy solutions that can be purchased at the local health food store that administer small amounts of the allergen to an individual to build up the person’s immunity to the substance they are allergic to. This DIY treatment takes a while to work (according to the Mother Earth News website, it can take a 3-5 years to be completely effective. In the meantime, an herbal supplement like stinging nettle or cat’s claw will then reduce itchy, watery eyes and swelling that come with allergy season.)
Chances are a combination of these treatments will work best to relieve pollen allergies. Those who are looking for immediate relief can try at least one of these treatments immediately.