Saturday, February 25, 2012

8 Natural Ways to Beat Allergies

People have often asked me about natural remedies for allergies so I decided to post about them here. I was once tested and found out that I was allergic to everything from mold to shrimp! If you have allergies, your immune system, the body’s defense against bacteria and viruses is on overdrive. It reacts to substances by secreting a chemical called histamine, which causes symptoms including sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and even, asthma as your body tries to get rid of the allergens. These natural remedies can help you breathe easy:

1. Quercetin, a bioflavanoid, found in many fruits and vegetables, especially in the skin of red apples, red grapes and red onions, and green tea helps to blocks the release of histamine.

2. Stinging Nettles is a natural antihistamine and one of the best natural remedies for allergic rhinitis. Bromelain, which comes from the enzymes in pineapple stems can also be helpful. It’s an anti-inflammatory, which cuts down on the amount of mucous. It also helps your body absorb quercetin better. Both support the immune system.” All of these nutrients are available as supplements.

3. Fish Oil contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA which helps to reduce inflammation and can help protect you from the misery of hay fever, sinus infections and asthma. A good brand is Nordic Natural Arctic Cod Liver Oil.

4. Zinc is another good immune booster. It stabilizes the cell wall. If you’re able to stabilize your immune system, you’re less likely to react to allergens. You can find zinc in lozenges and supplements.

5. Acupuncture is a popular form of alternative allergy treatment. It moves chi which helps balance the body’s energy. Just make sure you use a licensed practitioner.

6. Homeopathy stimulates the body’s natural reaction to cure itself. The Boiron Allergy Care Kit is a good place to start. One of the ingredients, Histaminum will block most of the histamines that are circulating. Another, Apis prevents the swelling of the mucous membranes of the nose and Gallphimia works well for hay fever. There are no side effects and it doesn’t interfere with other medications. It’s safe for kids too.

7. Use a Neti Lota Pot from the practice of yoga to clear your head. Nasal washing removes allergens from your nose. A side effect of antihistamines is that they thicken up your mucous. Nasal washing can help with this too and relieve pressure, headache, dark circles under the eyes, post nasal drip, cough and bad breath. A nasal wash thins the mucous and keeps everything flowing so it doesn’t stagnate and cause a sinus infection on top of your allergies. You can buy a ready mixed solution that contain salt (sodium chloride), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) without preservatives are best. Or make your own by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of warm water. Make sure you use distilled water and a sanitized pot. Use it once or twice a day.

8. Fill the air with the wonderful smells of essential oils such as pine, cedar and eucalyptus by using an aromatic diffuser. This will help open up sinus passages. Diffusers can even be set on timers. You can also try a steam inhalation of essential oil of Lemon Balm. Just boil some water, put 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil into the water, carefully lean over a hot bowl of it with a towel over your head and inhale.

You’ll find plenty of natural remedies like these and a cozy mystery too when you read my new book Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery. Here's what it's about:

Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old naturopathic doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in idyllic Greenport, Long Island. But the idea of rest and relaxation is quickly forgotten when Willow arrives from a morning meditative walk to discover her Aunt Claire dead in the store, a strange almond-like smell emanating from her mouth and a bottle of flower essences by her side.

Despite her Zen nature and penchant for yoga, Aunt Claire had a knack for getting into confrontations with folks. An activist, she held weekly meetings for different causes every week in the store. The police want to believe the death is accidental—but Willow thinks she may have been poisoned.

Things get worse when Aunt Claire’s valuable recipe for a new natural age-defying formula, Fresh Face, is stolen during a store break-in, and an attempt is made on Willow’s life. Desperate for a way out of the mess, she turns to a handsome young cop Jackson Spade. Together the two set about solving the case the natural way—through a combination of hard work, common sense, and a dose of luck.

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Linda O. Johnston said...

What a great list of things to try, Chrystle. Thanks for the suggestions.

Betty Hechtman said...

Interesting remedies and how they work.

Lori Y said...

Interesting. I use the Fish Oil for both me and my dog.

I've have to try some of the others.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

I'm glad I could help! This week baths!

andrew siddle said...

Great list of home remedies.. I'll definitely try some of them.

natural remedies for allergies