(NaturalNews) Each spring, many cannot seem to escape sneezing, wheezing, a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. These are some of the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Allergies can be aggravated by the pollen in the air from trees, grass, flowers and plants. Antihistamines are generally prescribed for sufferers, but these can have side effects. Aromatherapy, traditional folk remedies, herbs and building a strong immunity are natural ways that allergy sufferers can find relief.
Traditional Folk Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
A folk remedy cure for hay fever is to eat honey made by honeybees in the area. This is because local honey sensitizes one to pollens in the area, acting as a a natural remedy for hay fever and all its symptoms. Honey must be raw, non-irradiated and unfiltered. A spoon of honey and some apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water is said to prevent allergies.
Homeopathy for Allergies
Homeopathic treatment has proved to be successful in the treatment of allergies. It is best to see a qualified homeopath for an exact prescription, since individual cases are so varied.
Aromatherapy for Allergies
Melissa, in the bath or a vaporizer, can soothe and reduce the severity of an allergic reaction.
Lavender essential oil, in a light carrier oil, can be massaged into the chest to reduce spasms. Lavender has properties useful in treating allergies and is a decongestant that is also effective against colds and flu.
Herbs to Take for Allergies
Consult an herbalist before taking herbs, since some herbs can be toxic if taken in excess. Useful herbs for allergies include chamomile, elderflower and yarrow, while herbs to boost the immune system include garlic, angelica, borage and wild yam.
Tips to Manage Allergies Naturally
Be sure to drink plenty of pure water during the day. Some hay fever sufferers experience relief almost as soon as they drink 2 or more glasses of water.
Build the immune system by eliminating a junk food, sugar-laden diet. Help the immune system by eating simple meals in as natural a state as possible. Increase intake of magnesium (beans and nuts), B vitamins, vitamin A (fish, yellow and green vegetables), iron (sesame seeds and preservative free dried fruit) and vitamin C (fresh citrus fruit and vegetables). Improve food digestion by avoiding the modern tendency to wolf down food on the run. Chew food thoroughly and slowly while eating in a calm, relaxing environment.
If allergies are thought to be food related, keep a food diary and track foods eaten and the body's response to them in order to identify offending foods.
Frequent exposure to allergens combined with a weakened immune system can result in the development of allergies. Avoid contact with known allergens and in so doing, avoid or reduce the misery of allergy symptoms.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by Normal Shealy, Harper Collins Publishers, 2002 edition, page 412
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