Summer. School is out, vacations with the family are planned, good times are on the horizon, but you’re face to face with an old friend, allergies. You’ve tried Zyrtec, Claritin-D and even Allegra. If it is an allergy medicine on the market, you’ve bought it. But, unfortunately none of the medications seem to be doing the trick. Lucky for you there are many forms of natural remedies, which can give you a quick and easy fix to your allergy issues. Here are three quick fixes you should try this summer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the quickest and easiest allergy fixes in the books. And, this cure has been used for centuries. If something has been used for that long, it’s guaranteed to be good, right? All you have to do is take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a cup of water. Easy right? But, there is one very important catch. Do this between three to five times a day, for best results. If you want to put in a little extra effort, you can combine the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice, raw honey and water to make sure you are extra-protected from those allergies.
Time to balance that gut. That’s right, you heard me, balance that gut. Probiotics are known to help put more beneficial bacteria in our guts, and coincidentally allergies have been linked to a lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut. So get some kombucha, yogurt, kefir or fermented food in order to get a quick-probiotic fix to help fend off those pesky allergies.
Yep, that’s right. You knew we were going to get here some way or the other. Acupuncture is a great fix for seasonal allergies, and can be very beneficial to helping you live an allergy-free summer. Allergic reactions, such as hay fever, have been shown to be relieved by acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture points in the spleen, stomach, large intestine and bladder are shown to alleviate allergy symptoms.
Nettle Tea – A Great Allergy Remedy
Even if you haven’t consumed stinging nettle before, there is a definite chance you have run into it at some point in your life. Whether it be while hiking on the trail, walking in the woods or gardening around the house, you probably have come into contact with this sometimes painful, but usually healthful plant.
Stinging Nettle, or Urtica Dioica, is a plant native to the Western parts of North America, Northern Africa, Europe and Asia. Nettle has hair-like follicles along their leaves, which serve to protect the plant. These little hairs inject a natural histamine into both humans and animals that may come into contact with the plant. But, with careful cultivation and proper drying or boiling of the nettle leaf, the leaf turns from a formidable foe into a go-to cure for allergies of all proportions!
If you are afraid to harvest nettle by yourself due to these stinging properties, don’t worry, you can easily buy dried nettle or nettle leafs from local health-food stores or on the Internet. Nettle in capsule form can even be found on Amazon.com. That’s how easy it is to get ahold of this miracle plant. You are just one button click (well, and credit card payment) away from getting your hands on nettle in order to cure all of your allergy problems. After purchasing your nettle, the only secret to activating this cure is to steep it.
However, if you choose to forage for your nettle leaves make sure you boil the leaves in order to relieve them of all of their stinging properties, you don’t want to find out that you have failed to do so, that would lead to an unpleasant experience.
Nettle has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is extremely high in Chlorophyll, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Due to these reasons it is perfect for treating all symptoms of seasonal allergies. Watery eyes, hay fever, itching, sneezing, runny nose, you name it. If a cup of tea isn’t your style, you can infuse nettle into other drinks or meals. Utilize the nettle in a way which fits your lifestyle. There is nothing better than an all-natural cure to seasonal allergies, so ditch your over-the-counter medication and try a cup of stinging nettle tea today.