An allergy is an overaggressive immune response triggered by ingesting certain foods, touching certain substances, or inhaling an irritant such as pollen or animal dander. Allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affect the respiratory system and are usually the most difficult to control.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes and nose, and headache. This is often seasonal (when pollen is in the air), but if constantly exposed to an offending substance symptoms can last year-round.
Allergic rhinitis symptoms can affect the quality of life of the sufferers. To reduce symptoms, you can use some natural home remedies that are inexpensive and effective.
Ginger is a natural antihistamine and contains some very potent immune-enhancing properties. It also has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve rhinitis symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and even headache.
All you have to do is to add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger in a cup of water. Boil it for 5 minutes, strain and add a little bit of honey and lemon juice. Drink this tea up to 3 times a day during allergy season.
One of the first steps to treat allergic rhinitis is to remove mucus from the nose with the help of a saline nasal wash. For this, you will need saline solution (you can buy it at the local pharmacy or make it at home by dissolving a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of baking soda in 2 cups of lukewarm distilled water) and a nasal bulb or a neti pot.
Tilt your head to one side and using a nasal bulb, snort a small amount of this solution into one nostril. Allow the solution to drain back out through the other nostril. Gently blow your nose to remove excess mucus and solution. Do the same thing with the other nostril. Repeat this remedy a couple of times a day until your condition improves.
This home remedy helps in breaking down mucus, permitting you to breathe more comfortably. And it is one of the easiest home remedies for allergies.
It involves sticking your head over a bowl of hot water and carefully inhaling steam. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water helps to soothe the mucous membranes and will provide even more relief. Also, draping a towel over the back of the head helps to lock in the steam, which further enhances this age-old remedy. Inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes and then blow your nose thoroughly.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help relieve many problems and allergic rhinitis is one of them. It has antibiotic and antihistamine properties. Plus, it plays a key role in regulating the body’s immune response system.
Mix 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm, filtered water and drink 10 minutes before each meal. Remember to use a straw and gargle right after to help keep your pearly whites from being eroded.