Chemical fertilizer and preservatives can leave their traces in some over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications that are commonly used. If you wish to avoid the risk, however minute it is, of those elements, you may find success in countering your allergies and symptoms with some simple, natural remedies. As always, converse with your physician before initiating any homeopathic or herbal remedy.
1) For sinus congestion and cough, people find relief with Allium Cepa. Taking regularly for approximately a week, depending on the severity of your suffering, can greatly ease the discomfort and facilitate clearer airways. Also commonly known as a bulb onion, this red-onion extract is usually available at any pharmacy or health food store that supplies homeopathic remedies. To make your own, be sure to use only a small amount of the juice: It, like that of other onions, can portray the “too much of a good thing” tearing and nasal discharge if taken in too large of doses. Usually, a drop or two in six to eight ounces of water is sufficient. Flavor it with lemon, if you wish. The Vitamin C from the citrus is good for you. Allium Cepa can be especially effective against hay fever.
2) Known commonly as Goldenseal, Hydrastis Canadensis can be an alternative to Allium Cepa if the extract is not available. Goldenseal can also be effective against fevers as well as minor allergy symptoms. NOTE: This perennial herb can easily be exposed to herbicides and other harmful chemicals. Unless you grow your own in an environmentally controlled area, picking this plant from the wild and using it is not recommended. Your pharmacist can answer any question you have regarding brands in stores.
3) For pollen allergy sufferers, seek a source of local, natural honey. Bees carry the pollen into the hive, and minute portions of it are incorporated into the honey. A teaspoon daily will aid your body in slowly building an immunity, creating your own natural anti-histamine. This remedy is not recommended for people suffering from diabetes, obesity or other sweet-element danger condition.
4) Stinging Nettle tea can be especially effective for nasal allergy sufferers. If the hairs on the outside of this plant come in contact with your skin, they can cause itching and burning even in non-allergy sufferers. If you harvest your own, please use hand and arm protection. Also called burn hazel and burn weed, the plant has long been used in poultices, dried powders and, of course, teas. Stinging Nettle tea can reduce or eliminate allergens from your blood stream, helping your body to flush them away. It is also effective in treating arthritis, weight loss and high blood sugar.
5) Some allergy sufferers find some level of relief with Triphala, an Ayurvedic herb. It works in much the same fashion as Stinging Nettle tea as a blood cleanser, but there can be some uncomfortable side effects, for it also is very effective as a counter-agent to constipation and abdominal pain. It can also reduce blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. For some people, this herb can also stimulate the appetite. Triphala is considered a very effective remedy to Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well.
Good luck and good health to you as you explore these common natural remedies to many nasal allergy symptoms. Taken with care and consistency, you too may find extended relief from any of the above solutions.
Article contributed by Sara Woods from Coupon Croc. Don’t let your allergies or your budget get in the way of your vacation this year, grab a Travelodge discount code 2011 and save on your travel plans.