By Emily Folk:
By some estimates, 25 percent of the population has an allergic disorder. And, while there are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that can assuage the symptoms of seasonal allergies —— you’re not limited to manufactured treatments. Instead, try any of these all-natural options for allergy relief:
1. The Neti Pot
Pour a bit of sterile saline into your Neti Pot, and you have yourself an all-natural healing solution. The rinse will wash lingering allergens, including pollen, dander, mold and other particles away from your nostrils.
To that end, a hydrated body is one that’s ready to fight off any illness — allergies included. The flood of H2O helps quickly wash irritants away from your body. If you’re drinking plenty of water, you’ll feel more energized in the face of tiring allergies, too.
3. Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Chances are, you’ve heard some of . This amazing acid can diminish your body’s production of mucous while cleaning the lymphatic system, too. Mix one tablespoon into a glass of water and drink three times a day.
4. Peppermint Tea
A warm cup of tea always tastes incredible when you’re sick. But peppermint tea has proven healing powers as both an anti-inflammatory and as a decongestant. So, grab a mug before bed to help you relax, breathe and wind down.
5. A Change of Clothes
You never know what’s stuck to your threads after you’ve been outside amongst the particles causing you so much grief in the first place. So, swap out your outside clothes for fresh garments as soon as you get in the house — and leave those allergens in the hamper.
It’s been a rumor that honey produced by local bee farmers is an allergy fighter, but this has largely been . What’s true about the sweet, golden syrup is that it helps soothe coughs and sore throats. It also may contain antioxidants that help your body defend against further illness.
Finally, a spoonful of yogurt contains a wealth of probiotics, which can aid in digestion. Probiotics can therefore help you expunge allergens from your body, too. And, as it turns out, those who consume yogurt daily experience fewer symptoms of allergies than those who opt for a different snack.
These seven options aim to soothe your body’s allergic reaction without the use of human-made chemicals or compounds. So, take a deep breath and get started. You’ll feel better, and you’ll be proud you went the all-natural route to get there.
Emily is a sustainability journalist who writes on topics of renewable energy, green home renovations and going zero waste. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.