Natural Ways to Fight Allergies. I've never had any serious allergies growing up. No known food allergies or spring allergies and I used to think it's too bad that there are people who suffer from allergies.
Then, couple months ago, I started sneezing. I started waking up at night with my nose completely congested and unable to breathe with clear mucus just trickling down my nose (I know, not a very attractive sight). My throat was hurting non-stop with my eyes and nose itching constantly.
I felt miserable.
I wasn't getting the quality sleep I needed. Wearing make-up seemed like an extra burden. And even my dog shaking its body near me made me feel itchy just looking at him.
When I went to see the doctor, all they asked me to do was try allergy medicine.
I get it, it was the season of pollen and many do react to that.
I never thought I would be the one.
From my research, while those allergy medicines relieve the symptoms, it really does nothing to treat the root cause of your allergies. And your body can become immune to the medicine you take so sometimes you have withdrawal symptoms or become dependent on them. I am by no means a medical professional to give any medical advice here, but there had to be a way to make myself fight these allergies.
I did not want to just keep taking medicine to make myself numb from the symptoms.
What I learned about allergies is that you start having these symptoms when your overall body's immune system weakens. Your allergic reaction to things such as pollen (not harmful to your body) is because your body is reacting to it as if it's a threat to the body and tries to fight it off. If your immune system has been weakened, its ability to distinguish between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes impaired. It becomes hyper-vigilant and begins sending out way too many antibodies to fight substances, many of which aren’t even harmful.
So I was on a quest to find ways to boost my immune system and make my body strong against these allergic reactions I was suffering from by researching natural ways to fight allergies.
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.
7 Natural Ways to Fight Allergies
1. Take Local Raw Honey
Not just any honey but local raw honey. You can find local raw honey at a farmer's market or a nearby supermarket. The reason why local raw honey helps is because local honey contains pollen from local flowers which may be the cause of your allergic reactions. Honey also has antioxidants that help fight viruses and it can help soothe the irritation in your throat. I take local honey by making honey lemon tea. You slice lemons thin and put them in a jar and put honey in it to fill up the whole jar. It lasts few days and tastes really good as morning tea!
2. Take Probiotics
There are many benefits to taking probiotics.
Main health benefits is that probiotics improves your gut health by providing good gut bacteria. These bacterias line our digestive tract and support your body's ability to absorb nutrients and fight infections.
Did you know that 70–80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract? So having a healthy digestive tract will improve your overall immune system and fight any infections in your body. I've taken these two probiotics last few months and it seems to be working well for me.
I don't really see the difference in the brand and I've just ordered this probiotics by Garden of Life made for women and will see if it makes any difference in my body.
3. Take Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking apple cider vinegar has so many benefits such as helping with weight loss, dropping blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stabilizing blood sugar, enhancing skin health and relieving acid reflux symptoms.
It also kills harmful bacteria in our body with its antibiotic properties. And since germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates, it helps soothe your sore throat. It boosts energy since it contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. I had to give it a try once all these benefits were known to me.
I started to drink apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons) mixed in with a cup of water and a tablespoon of honey for better taste. Initially, the strong smell and taste really makes you cringe when you take it, but over time, you get used to it. My husband and other friends who I have strongly recommended taking apple cider vinegar actually liked the taste of it now!
I sometimes mix it in my juice that I make in the morning. I use the one from Bragg - from my research, the apple cider vinegar that has 'Mother' is what you want to get. You have nothing to lose by trying to take these once a day so why not give it try!
4. Use Eucalyptus Oil
Once I read that eucalyptus oil helps to kill the highly allergic house mites and helps to detoxify harmful bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and toxins that can trigger an attack, I was all in to give it a try. I bought this diffuser from amazon and dropped few eucalyptus oil and turn it on for about an hour before going to bed. My room smells amazing and my nose seems to not get so congested before going to bed. I also dropped few oils in the wash when I wash the bedding. So far, I love the spa-like smell I get from using eucalyptus oil in my room!
5. Take Spirulina
Spirulina is one of the super foods that provides a load of benefits as well. It is packed with protein, a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, iron, and calcium. Rich with antioxidants, it reduces inflammation that leads to nasal congestion. Some studies revealed that those who took spirulina noticed a reduction in nasal congestion, itching, and sneezing. I've been taking spirulina pills since I was afraid of how the powder would taste. I was told that some of them tastes awful and didn't want to take a chance.
Cleansing your nose with a netti pot or any other nasal irrigation will make your nose feel so much better when you are suffering from sinus congestion or itchiness. It helps to wash off all irritants in your nose relieving you from the allergy symptoms. I have used nasal wash before going to bed. It can feel pretty painful at first but you get used it fairly quick. Now I can't live without it since it makes your nose feel so clean and refreshed. I use it before every day before bedtime and it seems to help with itchiness and congestion.
Being a Korean, I knew many benefits of ginseng but it never occurred to me that it would help with my allergies. Ginseng helps to boost your energy and its anti-inflammatory properties are said to help improve your overall immune system. It was a friend who recommended me to take one of these. I have yet to try them yet, since doing everything I discussed above has significantly relieved allergy symptoms and I no longer suffer from sneezing, itchiness, or nasal congestions. But it's definitely on my list to try to help me boost my energy when I feel fatigued and needing energy. Many Korean older men take this to help them with increasing overall energy level during the day. The product that I am going to give it a try is by Cheong Kwanjang which is also available on Amazon. It's a well-known brand in Korea and has few local stores in Southern California so it's I would say it's pretty trustworthy.
Do you have any other natural ways to fight allergies? On top of doing above, a good diet and moderate exercise always helps in maintaining your health. But do share if you have any other ways!