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Home Remedies for Pollen Allergies

Spring is coming…that means pollen will be in abundance and our allergies are going to take over. Before you reach for the OTC medicines that can make you feel fuzzy or sleepy, try these Home Remedies for Pollen Allergies. I love Natural Home Remedies that can help relieve ailments without the side effects!

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Home Remedies for Pollen Allergies

Pollen is a common trigger in allergies. Pollen is tiny grains produced by leaves, flowers, grasses, and trees. They can travel long distances to fertilize plants of the same species. Some people have adverse side effects when they inhale pollen. The body produces antibodies that attack the pollen within the body that leads to various irritating symptoms.

Pollen allergy symptoms include watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, cough, and stuffy nose. The symptoms can make someone quite uncomfortable. There are several different ways you can handle and treat pollen allergies. Most doctors prescribe antihistamines to cure allergies. However, there are natural alternatives to help with your pollen allergies.

Pollen allergies impact people with asthma hard. The reason being, allergies make it difficult for them to breathe and can complicate the condition. Read ahead as we discuss the various home remedies for pollen allergies you can use to treat and prevent symptoms.

  • The best way to treat or prevent any allergic reaction is to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary movements when pollen season is high and when it’s windy outside. When you stay indoors, inhaling pollen will be minimal. 
  • When you go back to the house after stepping out, take off your clothes and take a bath. It will reduce any pollen transfer.
  • Close down your windows when pollen season is high. You can use the air conditioning that contains a filter attachment known as high-efficiency particular air(HEPA) filters that trap allergens.
  • Wash your hair daily to prevent going to sleep with hair filled with pollen.
  • Pets are cute and cuddly. But it’s wise to avoid lots of interaction with animals that spend most of their time outside as their fur might contain pollen.
  • After washing your clothes, dry them with a washing machine instead of airing them outside.
  • Soak your clothes in hot, soapy water, and this will remove pollen from your clothes.
  • If you have to go outside, wear a hat and sunglasses to avoid inhaling pollen.

Natural Methods of Treating Pollen Allergies

Use of Acupuncture

A research study carried out in 2015 indicated that acupuncture could indeed be safe in the treatment of allergies. Acupuncture regulates the immune system and helps treat allergies.

Honey

You can eat honey to treat allergic reactions. It’s said that eating honey made from bees might help you get used to the pollen as bees help in pollen transfer for fertilization. However, more scientific research is needed to prove if it’s true.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is a natural herb that has been in use for centuries for medicinal purposes. It may also act as an antihistamine. In a research study carried out in 2000, participants noticed remarkable changes in their allergies after taking dried stinging nettle.

Butterbur

Butterbur has been in use for centuries for treating various diseases and conditions. One of them is migraines. Research has shown that taking butterbur as a pill, assists to reduce allergic reactions.

Bromelain

Bromelain is one of the properties you can find in pineapples. It can also be purchased in local stores as a supplement. It helps to treat allergic reactions and reduce the symptoms. Enjoy your sweet pineapple as it works on your health too.

Quercetin

Quercetin is found naturally in onions, broccoli, green tea, and citrus fruits. It has antioxidant properties that help control allergy reactions. Recent research has shown that quercetin contains antihistamine properties.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green alga that acts as a dietary supplement to treat diseases and regulate immune functions. A research study carried out in 2015 showed that the alga had ant allergic properties.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense has a sweet, floral, exotic scent. It may also help you from allergic reactions. To use this oil, put it in a carrier oil and inhale it or, you can dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to the back of your neck.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has a sharp, distinct, fresh scent. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to fight allergens. To use this oil, mix it with a carrier oil before applying it topically or, you can diffuse and enjoy its scent.

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Natural remedies do work in treating allergic reactions. They are free from toxins making them ideal if you have not had good luck with prescribed medicine. It’s advisable to dilute essential oils before topical application to prevent further irritation. Having a stuffy nose from allergies? Why don’t you go ahead and inhale peppermint oil and see if it works for you?

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References

Feng, S., Han, M., Fan, Y., Yang, G., Liao, Z., Liao, W., & Li, H. (2015). Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. American journal of rhinology & allergy29(1), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.2500/ajra.2015.29.4116

Hattori, M., Mizuguchi, H., Baba, Y., Ono, S., Nakano, T., Zhang, Q., Sasaki, Y., Kobayashi, M., Kitamura, Y., Takeda, N., & Fukui, H. (2013). Quercetin inhibits transcriptional up-regulation of histamine H1 receptor via suppressing protein kinase C-δ/extracellular signal-regulated kinase/poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 signaling pathway in HeLa cells. International immunopharmacology15(2), 232–239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2012.12.030

Rogerio, A. P., Kanashiro, A., Fontanari, C., da Silva, E. V., Lucisano-Valim, Y. M., Soares, E. G., & Faccioli, L. H. (2007). Anti-inflammatory activity of quercetin and isoquercitrin in experimental murine allergic asthma. Inflammation research : official journal of the European Histamine Research Society … [et al.]56(10), 402–408. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00011-007-7005-6

Mao, T. K., Van de Water, J., & Gershwin, M. E. (2005). Effects of a Spirulina-based dietary supplement on cytokine production from allergic rhinitis patients. Journal of medicinal food8(1), 27–30. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2005.8.27

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