Do you often complain of stuffy and running nose, itchy and watery eyes, or scratchy and sore throat? These are some of the many symptoms of allergy that is the response of your immune system when exposed to substances called allergens. You might be allergic to substances like pollen, animal dander, house dust, feathers, mites, chemicals, and also a variety of foods. What you may not know is that there are a number of herbal remedies, using which you can strengthen your immune system to fight such allergens. Here are six herbal remedies to help you get rid of allergy.
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and best remedies for various health conditions. Rich with antibiotic and antihistamine properties, the curative herbal medicine provides relieve from acute allergy conditions. Vinegar helps reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system. To use apple as the remedy for allergies, mix a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it three times a day.
- Wheatgrass powder:
Wheatgrass powder is a dietary supplement acquired from extracting the dehydrated juice of wheatgrass. It is normally prepared from the grass grown naturally on the field for three or more months before being dehydrated. The chlorophyll in wheat grass contains anti-inflammatory properties that stimulate the function of immune system which helps in preventing allergies. It strengthens the immune system and detoxifies the body. You can simply mix one teaspoon of the powder into a glass of water or your favourite juice and consume in the morning.
- Rosemary (Gulmehndi): Rosemary is essentially an aromatic herb that belongs to the mint family, Lameaceae. The oil extracted from rosemary is high in rosmarinic acid, which effectively treats allergies because of its antioxidant properties. It’s found to affect the immune system, respiratory system and nervous system. You can add a single drop of rosemary oil to the hands and rub it, then cup over the mouth and nose to inhale the aroma to get relief from clogged sinuses.
- Organic honey:
It is said that consuming local honey helps develop immunity to local pollen. It is believed that when you consume local honey, you are injected with local pollen which makes you less sensitive to pollen over a period of time. So, it has been found that people who take organic honey may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.
With regular consumption of organic honey, your body can build a tolerance and help you fight allergies symptoms such as sneezing and sniffing. You can add one-two tablespoon of organic honey with fruit or yogurt or cereal and consume it with your breakfast.
- Herbal Teas:
There are a number of herbal teas that are effective in reducing allergy symptoms. Green tea, for instance, contains antioxidant compounds that help the body to avoid an immune response to allergens. Drink one to two cups of green tea, sweetened with honey, daily for effective results. Another effective herbal remedy is chamomile tea that is a natural antihistamine, used for the treatment of allergy like green tea, You can sweeten chamomile tea with honey, and have it once or twice a day. If you are looking for more options, try basil tea that contains high amounts of caffeic acid, an anti-allergic compound.
Turmeric contains an essential compound called curcumin, a bright yellow chemical that acts as a decongestant and helps in reducing allergy symptoms. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that further improve allergy symptoms. You can consume half a teaspoon of turmeric powder daily with some warm milk with honey and pinch of pepper if you are suffering from allergy and its symptoms.
Prevention is better than cure. That said, you can use these natural remedies to not just cure allergies but also prevent them. The good news is, you can many of these herbal remedies such as turmeric in your home. So, just visit your kitchen the next time you find yourself suffering from an allergic reaction.