Friday, September 21, 2012

Natural Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

Natural solutions for seasonal allergies work on the causes of seasonal allergies in order to reduce symptoms.   What causes allergies?  In people without allergies, inhaled pollen and dust are trapped by the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract and either expelled forcefully through the mouth or nostrils, or broken down internally. In people with seasonal allergies, the protective ability of this mucosal barrier is compromised, and the body compensates by increasing the production of mucus to facilitate expulsion of the allergen. This reaction is followed by other common symptoms associated with allergies and can make even breathing difficult.

Here are a few tips and tools you can use to help eliminate allergy symptoms naturally:

1.  Eat very light foods such as hot, clear, soup made with fresh ginger and steamed rice.  Avoid anything cold, including fruit.  This helps your digestive system to begin to eliminate toxins and allergens more efficiently. 

2.  To build healthy epithelial and mucousal linings throughout your body, ingest quality oils on a daily basis.  Unrefined coconut, sesame, and olive oil are good choices.  (Externally, warm coconut or sesame ois should be massaged over the body before showering to aid detoxification through the skin.)

3.  Use an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement like flax, chia, or fish oil to modulate your immune system and reduce general inflammation associated with allergies. 

4.   Take a teaspoon of local raw honey mixed with bee pollen a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season.  

5.  Drink ginger tea with raw honey added.  This home made tonic works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.

6.  Drink green tea.  It blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best immune boosters known.

7.  Drink peppermint tea.  It is known to relieve nasal and sinus congestion. Drinking it cold can help sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.

8.  Reduce or eliminate pasteurized/homogeonized commercial dairy products, refined sugar, white flour, and excessive amounts of meat from your diet as diets rich in these foods are associated with the development of allergies.  Diets high in fruits and vegetables and relatively lower in animal products are associated with a much lower incidence of allergies and increased immunity. 


"Still looking for a cure to allergies? Ayurveda offers an alternative solution," by Jessica Vellela:

"The benefits of raw honey," by Luella May:

"The best homemade remedies to treat hay fever and seasonal allergies," by JB Bardot:

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