Allergy season is upon us, and there’s nothing worse than having to load up on medication while dealing with a stuffy nose and other unbearable symptoms. Good news is we can possibly find relief naturally. (Remember to check with your doctor first if you’re taking any medications or have any concerns.) Consider the following:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar It might not sound too appealing, but apple cider vinegar is known to help with stomach problems, sore throats and cholesterol, among other things. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, apple cider vinegar can also help break up mucus. Pour a teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water, mix and drink up.
2. Nasal irrigation (aka Neti Pot) Using a Neti Pot can help flush out the sinuses by filling the pot with saline solution and pouring it in your nose.
3. Herbs and algae Studies show herbs and supplements such as spirulina, eyebright and goldenseal may contribute to allergy relief. In addition, plant extract butterbur has shown effective results for treating allergies. Researchers from Germany and Switzerland conducted a study showing the extract is as useful as an antihistamine for helping with hay fever. Stinging nettle can help with inflammation and may block the body from producing histamine.
4. Eucalyptus oil Open your sinuses and nasal passages by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil in steaming water and breathing it in. Studies show eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory and fights against many harmful bacteria.
5. Quercetin This flavonoid helps stabilize cells to keep them from releasing histamine and reduces inflammation. Foods such as broccoli and citrus contain quercetin.