Allergies may be unavoidable, but there are many treatment options beyond medication. Check out these holistic remedies to relieve your allergy symptoms.
Allergies were named as the #6 cause of chronic illness in the United States, finding effective treatments for allergy symptoms is a serious need for those who experience them.
While there are dozens of conventional treatments (including medications with many unpleasant side effects), there are also holistic remedies that can be just as effective. Knowing which of these natural treatments will work best begins with knowing what triggers your allergies. Once you’ve identified the source of your discomfort, you can begin exploring holistic alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription medicines. If you are looking to keep your body healthy and allergy free this year, explore some of the best ways to naturally calm almost any kind of allergy.
Experts estimate that approximately 50 million Americans experience a reaction to various allergens. One of the most common categories of allergies for which many people tend to seek treatment are seasonal allergies.
Tree pollen, grass pollen, and mold can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Some of the key signs include sinus congestion and pressure, the development of a cough, watery eyes, fatigue, and sneezing. Those who experience seasonal allergies most often present symptoms in the spring and fall.
To holistically combat pollen, mold and the like, the use of apple cider vinegar is an excellent first step. One of its primary benefits is that it reduces excess mucus production. Additionally, incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet prior to allergy season can reduce your symptoms. Further relief can be found in regular acupuncture treatments and through the use of a neti pot.
From dust mites to dander, a wide range of allergens that are present indoors can trigger an individual’s allergies. Thankfully, there are quite a few steps that you can take to mitigate your symptoms. As with outdoor allergens, apple cider vinegar can calm the overproduction of mucus from indoor allergens. It is also crucial to take steps to clean the air in your home by using allergy-friendly air filters and a quality air purifier to remove allergens.
Another important component of naturally reducing the allergens in your home is to conduct regular cleaning of every room. This especially includes bed sheets, pillow cases, carpeted floors and furniture.
Finally, studies have found that diffusing eucalyptus essential oil is effective in eliminating house mites.
Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Before looking to find a new home for your cat, dog, or other allergy-provoking animal, explore the natural ways to control your symptoms. As with other indoor allergens, using a top-quality air purifier and regular cleaning with all-natural products are great places to start.
Your animals should also receive regular baths, and you should avoid excessive contact with your pet when possible. Another unique remedy for pet allergies is to go on an anti-inflammatory diet to further reduce symptoms.
Rather than immediately turning to conventional medications to relieve allergy symptoms, there are numerous holistic remedies available for you to try. In addition to the recommendations listed above, you can also speak with a natural wellness practitioner about trying homeopathic allergy tablets.
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