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Natural Help for Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on 16 Mar, 2016

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The constant sneezing, itching, and eye-watering of seasonal allergies is no fun. Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided some natural relief options that are certainly worth a try to get your symptoms under control.  

Local Honey

Local raw honey contains small amounts of tree and grass allergens so ingesting it can help to build a body's immunity. In order to gain the best results, the honey needs to come from a local source. 

Local honey can be consumed in any number of ways, from spreading it on toast to using it as a sweetener in your daily tea. If you prefer, you can steep one teaspoon of honey, with a ¼ tsp lemon juice, and a ¼ tsp cinnamon and then drink the mixture as a tea. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar, in general, has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Apple cider vinegar is a particularly popular remedy for seasonal allergies. Some studies suggest that it is the presence of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that acts as an antihistamine, which is responsible for the allergy relief brought by drinking apple cider vinegar.

Because apple cider vinegar is too harsh for most people to drink straight, people often mix it with water or fruit juice. This makes it go down much easier. A common dosage is 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar taken twice a day: morning and evening. Additionally, the mixture can be sweetened with honey, preferably local honey for good measure.

Stinging Nettle

Some studies have shown that stinging nettle, or Urtica dioica, inhibits the body's natural production of histamines. Native to many areas of the continental United States, stinging nettle can be brewed into tinctures or teas and drunk for natural allergy relief. Remember, it is called stinging nettle for a reason, so wear proper gloves when harvesting or handling this plant.

For the best tasting tea, harvest the younger, greener tips of the nettle plant. Roughly chop the tips while bringing a container of water to a roiling boil. Take roughly 1 cup of chopped nettles, and pour 1 cup of boiling water over the leaves. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes, strain, and serve.

Some natural remedy stores may also stock and sell nettle-based allergy relief in capsule form.

Breathe Easy

Whatever the remedy, there is a chance it may not work for every person. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and wish to explore these or other natural remedies, try them one at a time and keep track of the results. 

If natural remedies don't have an impact on your symptoms, you will need to seek professional medical attention. Urgent Clinics Medical Care has experienced, caring providers who can devise a treatment program to beat back your allergy problem. Our providers may determine that a steroid shot which is only available by prescription, could best help you overcome your symptoms. We can also prescribe an oral allergy medication and/or steroid nasal sprays to help relieve allergy symptoms. We welcome the opportunity to serve you at any Urgent Clinics Medical Care facility in Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes.

 

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