7 simple home remedies for seasonal allergies
Try these simple yet effective home remedies to get rid of seasonal allergies.
People suffer from seasonal allergies mostly during the spring and summer season, due to seasonal changes. It occurs as we get exposed to the allergens (such as pollen, mold, ragweed etc.) which are released by the fresh grass, flowers, blooming trees and weeds. The moment we breath in these allergens, there causes a reaction in the body which leads it to release histamine. This chemical compound causes inflammation in the respiratory tract that results in allergies which bring along with several symptoms including itchy eyes, hay fever, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing asthma, low blood pressure and more. While there’s a number of medicines out there in the pharmacies, the following are some home remedies which are also effective to treat seasonal allergies without causing any harmful side effects.
Water: Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated in order to keep the immune system healthy. When your body is dehydrated, it weakens the immunity which sometimes results in causing nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing etc.
Citrus Fruits: Citrus Fruits are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, bioflavonoids and other minerals which treat numerous symptoms of seasonal allergies in a very quick time. These fruits boost the immune system, provide us energy and keeps our body hydrated even in the hot days.
Leafy Green Vegetables: Leafy Green Vegetables (including broccoli, spinach, leeks, cauliflower etc.) contain a special type of bioflavonoid compound called quercetin. Quercetin prevents seasonal allergies by reducing the histamine production in the body. Also, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties present in these vegetables help restrict the allergic reactions in the body.
Red Onion Water: Red onion water is another effective home remedy to treat seasonal allergies as it also contains the bioflavonoid compound quercetin. Also, it prevents several seasonal allergies’ symptoms due to its natural antihistamine effects.
Peppermint Tea: Peppermint contains luteolin-7-O-rutinoside, a type of flavonoid which fights seasonal allergies by restricting the secretion and activities of histamine. For better result, add some nettles to the peppermint tea and drink it daily.
Essential Oils: Essential oils (such as eucalyptus, basil, tea tree oil etc.) detoxify the body and fight any harmful toxin that causes inflammation in the respiratory system. These oils also boost the immune system, thus contribute in preventing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Add these oils to your cup of tea or bath and see the result.
Hot and Spicy Food: Hot and spicy foods (especially, chilli pepper) help thin down the mucus secretion through your nose and clear the blocked nasal passage. By loosening the mucus and phlegm that clog the body, these foods eventually improve your breathing. But don’t consume these foods excessively.
Honey, walnuts, herbs, apple cider vinegar, acupuncture etc. are some other beneficial home remedies for this purpose.