The hypersensitivity or altered reaction of the immune system to an allergen, or ‘trigger’ in the environment, is generally referred to as an allergy or allergic reaction. One in three people are prone to regular allergic reactions, which may range in intensity from mild to severe. Most allergic reactions can be controlled with OTC or Over the Counter Medications.
However, severe allergic reactions require immediate medical attention.There are numerous treatment options to control allergic reactions. Mild allergic reactions can be cured by using natural remedies. Remedies for allergic reactions, prepared by using natural ingredients are completely safe, and they do not cause any unpleasant side effects.
Some effectual natural remedies to counter common allergies are listed below.
Natural Remedies For Allergies
Have Organic Honey
Honey, especially organic honey, has long been considered a potent natural antidote to fight off different allergic reactions. Scientific research has proven the fact that regular consumption of raw, unpasteurized honey can help to strengthen the immune system, through a process called immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy is a medical term, which refers to the treatment of disease conditions by suppressing, enhancing or inducing the immune system. The numerous pollen spores present in raw, untreated honey slowly acclimatizes the body to these spores, while reducing the immune response to the allergens (pollen spores). Consuming raw honey regularly can reduce an individual’s risk of suffering from seasonal allergies like allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.
Take A Hot Water Bath
Pollen residues or other allergens collected on the body after spending numerous hours outdoors can also trigger allergic reactions like sudden coughing / sneezing fit, itchy eyes or urticaria. If you come down with a sudden attack of allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma, then you should have a long, soothing hot water bath / shower.
A relaxing hot water bath helps to remove pollen residues and other allergens from the body. Inhaling the steam can help to unclog sinuses making breathing a little easier. A warm water bath lasting anywhere between ten to fifteen minutes can help to lessen common allergic reactions to a great extent.
Drink Peppermint Tea
A sudden cold or cough triggered by allergens in the atmosphere can be countered successfully by drinking a cup of hot peppermint tea. Peppermint tea can unclog sinuses and soothe highly irritated mucous membranes. Furthermore, the potent essential oils present in peppermint tea acts as natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.
To brew the perfect cup of peppermint tea, steep half a teaspoon to one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling hot water for five to ten minutes. Now strain the peppermint leaves and allow the liquid to cool down slightly. Add half a teaspoon of sugar and drink this hot, soothing brew to get relief from common allergic reactions like allergic rhinitis, allergic sinusitis, allergic cough and hay fever.
Perform Steam Inhalation
This is a time honored natural remedy to fight allergic colds and sinus infections. For this particular natural remedy simply fill a clean glass bowl with some hot water. Add half a teaspoon of pure eucalyptus oil to the hot water. Now lower your face to within twelve inches of the bowl containing the hot water. Cover your head with a thick turkey towel in such a manner, that the towel forms a kind of tent over the bowl.
Keep your eyes shut and inhale the medicated steam deeply through your nose / mouth for one to two minutes. Now raise the towel slightly and inhale some fresh air. Repeat this process a couple of times till you experiences some relief. Steam inhalation is ideal to ease allergic reactions affecting the upper respiratory tract.
Have Spicy Food
This is an unconventional natural remedy for treating allergic reactions like allergic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. Consuming spicy food like horseradish, Dijon mustard, fresh garlic or bird eye chilies can ease allergy induced asthma, coughs and colds to a great extent. The isothiocynates in horseradish, capsaicin in bird eye chilies and allyl thiosulphinate present in garlic are active ingredients which provide temporary relief from allergy induced upper respiratory tract infections.
Do Nasal Irrigation With Saltwater Solution
Rinse away allergens with some salt water solution. People who suffer from allergic rhinitis and / or allergic sinusitis experience great relief after flushing their sinuses with salt water solution. You can use a small vessel, which is shaped like an Aladdin’s lamp, called the neti pot to rinse out the infected sinuses.
To prepare the salt water solution, simply dissolve half a teaspoon of non iodized salt in a cup of luke-warm water. Now pour the salt water into the neti pot. Use the long spout of the neti pot to rinse out the sinuses. People who suffer from chronic congestion due to allergic reactions should do nasal irrigation using salt water solution at least twice a day.
Drink Stinging Nettle Tea
Stinging nettle leaves can cure a variety of ailments including seasonal allergies. People who suffer from seasonal allergies are advised to drink stinging nettle tea to reduce the severity and incidence of their allergic reaction. To prepare the stinging nettle tea, simply add a teaspoon of fresh or even dried stinging nettle leaves to a cup of boiling hot water.
Allow the stinging nettle leaves to remain in the water for five to ten minutes. Remove the stinging nettle leaves and allow the steaming liquid to cool down slightly. Add a teaspoon of sugar and drink this concoction to experience relief from seasonal allergies.
Have Organic Turmeric
Turmeric or curcuma longa, a yellow colored spice, has long been revered for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric is attributed to the presence of a natural substance called curcumin. Adding a pinch of organic turmeric to soups or stews can assuage the negative symptoms of allergic reactions like allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma to a large extent.
Furthermore, applying fresh turmeric paste on the skin can help to ease the symptoms of allergic skin reactions like allergic contact dermatitis and urticaria.
Take Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Medical research has shown that consuming raw, organic apple cider vinegar can ease seasonal allergies to a large extent. People who suffer from hay fever, allergic asthma, seasonal colds and coughs should take a teaspoon of raw organic vinegar diluted in a cup of luke warm water just before stepping outside.
Specific natural components present in raw apple cider vinegar can help to reduce the incidence and severity of seasonal allergies by blocking the body’s histamine reaction.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Seasonal allergies can be pretty brutal. The best way to ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies is to drink plenty of water. Keeping the body well hydrated can help to flush out toxins and foreign matter from the body. Furthermore, drinking a lot of water can keep the sinuses moist and thin out the mucous in the nasal passage (reducing congestion).
Drinking water can also reduce the problem of post-nasal drip which is a common side effect of allergic reactions.