If you’re living in the South like we are, or really most places in the United States, you’ve probably noticed that it’s allergy season. And maybe you’ve simply noticed all the green pollen that makes streets, houses and cars look like they’ve been highlighted fluorescent green. Or maybe you’re one of the unlucky ones who is battling with runny noses, sore throats, or constant sneezing.
There are several over-the-counter medicines that can provide relief if you’re symptomatic, but there are also some natural remedies that can help, too. Whether you use them on their own or in conjunction with something like Allegra, here are a few that are worth learning more about.
As with anything, before adding anything to your healthcare routine, it’s best to speak with your doctor.
According to the Himalayan Institute, the Neti Pot naturally cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages, one of our body’s first lines of defense against illness. Recommended today by doctors and pharmacists worldwide, the Neti Pot has been used for thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine to alleviate sinus and allergy problems.
Allergies are the result of an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to react too strongly to a stimuli. New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies.
There’s primarily anecdotal evidence to back this, but some folks swear by local honey. The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.