More than 22 million people in the US start sniffling when spring comes and suffer from allergy symptoms till late summer and even early autumn.
Allergy is caused by immune system’s response to grass, pollens, airborne fungi cosmetics and some foods…. When an allergen enters the body the immunity starts fighting it back producing inflammatory chemicals, like histamine, from the mast cells. The struggle to destroy allergens evolves such symptoms as sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.
Supermarkets line the shelves with different decongestants and antihistamines and the choice is really impressive, this is tough to select the one to take. What if one wants to use some natural treatment? Several useful natural alternatives are described below.
Stinging nettles works as natural antihistamine. Freeze and dried types act best and relieve certain signs of seasonal allergy for a couple of hours.
The essential oils are helpful as well. You may make your own mix, or take them individually. Making a blend, you can inhale it, diffuse it or place on the feet bottom or use topically having diluted it with carrier oil.
Best oils: lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot, german chamomile for kids. For adults peppermint with eucalyptus, lavender, and lemon are recommended.
kids: 10 drops of a mix use together with bath oil in a pot with steaming water or in a bath. You may dilute it with lotion or natural carrier oil and rub on the chest, temples or throat.
adults: all the above mentioned plus could place several drops in the hands and inhale it, or put on the feet bottom.
Vitamin C possesses antihistamine effect, though it works best as the immunity booster. Try also goldenseal and echinacea. Find some health food shop or a company offering supplement blends containing all of the components.