5 Natural Remedies for Allergies

Here we are in the beginning of June and congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes are still lingering. Allergies, your time has come and gone now-  please leave! Summer is here and we want our beach bags full of good reads and magazines, NOT tissues. We heard it for the past few months-  this spring season would be extremely heavy with pollen and other allergens, but we didn’t expect it to hang around for this long.

Relief is on the way with 5 natural remedies for allergies.

1) Apple Cider Vinegarapple211

Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a tall glass of water 3 times a day and it will work its magic, naturally! Apple cider vinegar reduces mucous production and cleanses the lymphatic system. The congestion and runny nose that we are all used to will slow down with the apple cider vinegar ability to reduce the mucous. Allergy symptoms and allergy attacks can all be prevented with this simple remedy.

2) Neti Potskh042-seeking-health-nettie-the-elephant

l/../3) Nettle-Peppermint Tea

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine meaning that it natural blocks the body from making histamine. The peppermint leaves contains flavonoids such as luteolin-7-0-rutinoside  which helps inhibit the growth of anti-inflammatory enzymes. While the leaves work together they help reduce the discomfort of the brutal side effects of allergies.

You’ll need:
1 teaspoon of dried pepperment leaves OR 1/4 cup of fresh chopped peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves OR 1/4 cup of fresh chopped nettle leaf
8 ounces of water
*honey and lemon

4) Probioticssoy1_600x450

This may sound a little different but let’s boost our gut bacteria! Having more of a balanced gut bacteria can help prevent some of the symptoms that come along with allergies. Adding more beneficial bacteria to our diets will help balance our immune systems. Some probiotics that can be added are kombucha and kefir. There are also supplements to buy, simply take one a day. Probiotics have numerous health benefits including a healthy digestive tract, better immunity, help control moodiness, hormonal imbalances, and much more.

5) Citrus DrinksIMG_5601

The vitamin C packed in lemons, oranges, and grapefruits can boost your immune system when allergies are taking over. A drink that contains two or more citrus fruits can pick up the immune system and allow our bodies to fight the sneezes and itchy cough. Squeezing a half of a lemon, two oranges and adding some local, raw honey will fulfill the vitamin C craving your body needs to fight off the allergies.

Other foods to include in your everyday diet during allergy season:

Dark, leafy greens

Deep yellow and orange vegetables

Onion, garlic, cayenne, ginger, and horseradish

gain natural ENERGY and reduce stress with Ashawagandha

Are you constantly feeling fatigued this time of the year? Having a hard time waking up in the morning?  Feeling the negative effects of stress?  If you find yourself desperately seeking ways to feel energized and rid stress look no further…

In Ayurvedic medicine,  Ashwagandha root  is considered an ‘adaptogen’,  a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections, and increase fertility and sexual capacity.

Ashwagandha, also knows as Winter Cherry, has a vast list of  health benefits.  The herb naturally restores  the body’s physical and mental energy. Ashwagandha helps stimulate cognitive function as well as awaken the mind and body. Not only does this wonder herb give you natural energy through out the day- it actually supports restful sleep as well, best of both worlds!

Studies have shown that Ashwagandha root can strengthen the immune system,  reduce the negative side effects caused by stress, as well as lower blood sugar levels (eliminating those mid-day sugar cravings).  It is also known to relieve stress and relax the central nervous system by soothing the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing cortisol. It is crucial  to have properly working adrenal glands in order to feel energized. Ashwagandha allows the body to adapt to stress-  including mental, emotional, physical and environmental. It also helps reduce anxiety and contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

You can find Ashwagandha capsules in health food stores or any herbal website.

*May experience minor drowsiness within the first few days of  taking Ashwagandha due to the way it works with the body to relieve stress, but it will subside. As with all herbal supplements find out what works best with your body and make sure to take recommended doses.