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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 Vinegar
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.
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.
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
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 Drinks
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
Do you feel a cold coming on? Everyone hates getting sick and let’s face it- none of us can afford to in our busy lives.
Here are some of my favorite preventative measures to avoid getting sick this fall and winter.
- Herbal teas such as lemon, lavender and bergamot enhance the production of infection fighting white blood cells, know as leukocytes. I drink them plain or add lemon, honey and/or ginger for added benefits. Echinacea is also a great tea for fighting colds and pumping up that immune system.
- Green, white or black tea, which contain large amounts of antioxidants.
- Lots of garlic! Supplements or raw. Garlic is a great immune booster as well as an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It also contains a sulfuric compound called allicin which produces powerful antioxidants.
- Fennel and anise seeds- cook with anise seeds or steep in tea, eat fennel cooked or raw in salads. They are both natural expectorants, which hell clear congestion in the chest and soothe a cough.
- Make some of my mineral broth to sip in throughout the day. This really boosts immunity and enhances vitality as well.
..and then there is the obvious immune boosters and all around nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens and veggies. Also, carrots, sweet potatoes and other foods containing beta-carotene, which is eventually converted to Vitamin A are great for the immune system.
Be sure to get plenty of rest as well. Try to practice a few of these each day to stay healthy and avoid those annoying fall and winter sicknesses.