People who suffer from allergy attacks normally turn to antihistamines for relief. But there are other ways of relieving the symptoms of allergies without having to use drugs. Natural remedies can often work in much the same ways that antihistamines do—and without the side effects of synthetic medications.
The use of a neti pot is an effective natural remedy for allergy symptoms. A neti pot is a container that is used to rinse mucus or debris from your nasal cavity. Irrigating the nasal cavity with saline solution drains the mucus. If you are making your own saline solution, make sure to use only distilled water to ensure that it will not cause infection. You can prepare your saline solution by adding one teaspoon of sea salt to one quart of distilled water and boiling the mixture.
Another natural remedy for allergy symptoms can be found in your backyard. Dandelions, which you might think of as weeds to be plucked, are rich in nutrients and health-promoting properties. The leaves and roots of the dandelion contain vitamins and minerals. The dandelion has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for many ailments, including allergies. Native Americans boiled the roots of the plant to treat liver and kidney diseases. The leaves of the dandelion can be made into a tea, which can help relieve stuffy noses and other allergy symptoms. It is important, though, to make sure that the dandelions you are using have not been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.
Nettle leaf has been referred to as a “natural antihistamine” that can help diminish the production of histamine in the body. Nettle leaf is available in many areas and can be made into a therapeutic tea. If you find it difficult to locate nettle leaf in your neighborhood, you can buy capsules made from dried nettle leaves.
You can also try changing your diet. Eating healthy foods, while at the same time avoiding foods that could trigger allergies, can be helpful in preventing allergy attacks. By filling your body with nutritious foods, your immune system will become stronger.
If you need more help with your allergies than what you can accomplish at home, consider seeing your doctor about allergy immunotherapy. Allergy immunotherapy can desensitize the body to allergens in the environment—and best of all, it relies on natural methods. The treatment starts with a saline solution containing all-natural antigens. As the body is exposed to this “allergy serum,” it learns to make peace with the offending antigens and stop overreacting to them. Allergy immunotherapy is available through allergy shots and under-the-tongue allergy drops (known as sublingual immunotherapy).