Allergy season is dreaded by the masses, but it is dreaded even more so amongst those who haven't discovered any helpful methods to protect their bodies from pesky allergens. Over-the-counter antihistamines may do the trick initially, but your body is bound to form a resistance to these medications over time, and exposing yourself to so many chemicals, even for medicinal purposes, can prove to be quite harmful to your health. Here are four all-natural treatment methods that will keep you from digging through your medicine cabinet when the allergens attack.
Aromatherapy through the use of essential oils can help control your hypersensitivity to seasonal allergies. Essential oils are one of nature's purest forms of medicine extracted directly from plants, herbs, and roots. Many of them are natural anti-allergens, anti-inflammatories, and antihistamines that can reduce or completely eliminate your symptoms to make you feel more comfortable. Tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, and peppermint are a few of the many effective oils that you can either apply topically to your neck, chest, nasal area, or inhale for relief.
Allergy season will often bring about clogged ears causing you to feel unbalanced and maybe even inflicting a bit of pain or discomfort. Performing ear exercises will help you release the air pressure and any excess fluid that may be building up. Yawning or fake yawning and performing the Valsalva maneuver (by pinching your nostrils closed and gently blowing air through them) will help to open the eustachian tubes and restore your ears to its natural condition.
You battle with allergies can be eliminated just by incorporating honey into your diet. Don't rely on store-bought honey, purchase local honey specifically as it will contain local pollen. By frequently ingesting honey loaded with local pollen, your body will form a resistance towards it making you less likely to be affected by it once allergy season comes around. It also makes for an effective cough suppressant.
Remaining physically active is one of the best ways to combat allergies as regular exercise strengthens the immune system. The stronger the immune system is, the less susceptible you are to any sort of illness, including allergies. Exercise will also clear your nasal passages and relieve pressure by opening up the lungs.
Don't let your allergies cause you misery this year. Incorporate a few of these natural remedies into your daily routine and enjoy the season allergy-free.