All the wonderful things we love about spring-flowers, cherry blossoms, and warmer weather-come with a price tag if you get allergies.
In fact, if you have allergies, you may equate spring with runny noses, itchy, watery eyes, and congestion that seems impossible to escape.
Unfortunately, over-the-counter meds can leave you feeling worse. “Medicine head” can make you feel loopy, disconnected, or hyper. If you’re in search for alternatives to your standard allergy relief meds, we can help.
We’ll cover everything you need to know about allergies and give you some tips for keeping well at home with alternatives that really work.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are your body’s response to something it considers a threat, even though it might not actually be a threat. When you have allergies, your immune system produces antibodies, and those antibodies are what cause you to feel congested, have a runny nose, etc.
What Helps Relieve Allergies Fast?
Shutting your windows and living inside would likely prevent you from experiencing allergy attacks, but realistically this isn’t an option. To relieve allergies fast, you either need to avoid your allergy triggers (which can be impossible if they are plant or pollen-based,) or you can use an antihistamine.
An antihistamine helps give you relief from allergies by helping to relieve the symptoms caused by histamines, the chemical released by your body when it overreacts to that something it sees as a threat.
Can I Help Allergies at Home?
Most of the time, you don’t need medical attention to get allergy relief. If you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction however, you should seek medical attention immediately.
For congestion, itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, and coughs, you can usually treat your symptoms on your own.
What Are the Best Home Remedies for Allergies?
Because we often experience allergies all season long, most of us would rather consider a more natural, holistic allergy relief alternative. We’ve gathered all the best at-home allergy relief therapies in one place, so you can get relief that’s fast and effective.
Just the Right Blend of Herbs
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is really making its way into modern wellness, and one example of this is our very own Clear the Air blend, which is an herbal blend based on the TCM blend, Bi Yan Pian.
With ingredients like fragrant angelica root, organic red magnolia flower, and organic xanthium fruit to support your sinuses, organic chrysanthemum to soothe your eyes, and organic schizonepeta aerial tops and organic stinging nettle leaf as anti-tch and overall seasonal support, this blend takes plant power to a whole new level to give you all-natural relief from seasonal irritations.
Nasal irrigators have been used for centuries to help clear the sinus passages and remove excess mucous without the use of medication. Neti pots use warm water and saline, which is poured into the nasal passages (through one nostril) and exits out the other.
A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is a type of pleated air filter that helps filter out 99.97% of airborne particles as small as .3 microns. By using a HEPA filter in your home, you can reduce the amount of allergens that you breathe inside your home, which can give you relief from your allergies.
Butterbur is a type of marsh-dwelling plant that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Some studies have shown that butterbur may help treat the symptoms of allergies, especially itchy, watery eyes.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in the fruit, leaves, and stems of the pineapple plant. It has many healthful benefits, including soothing irritation. New studies show that it may be able to help relieve congestion, open airways, and provide soothing relief for allergy sufferers.
A traditional Chinese practice, acupuncture is the process of inserting needles into strategic points in your body to help stimulate the flow of energy in your body, awaken tissues, and help ease discomfort, which may help alleviate your symptoms.
Cupping is an ancient therapy that can be used to help you get relief from allergies. It’s one of the easiest, non-medicinal ways to facilitate your body’s own natural healing response. Interested? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a method of stimulating blood flow by placing cups on specific areas of your body. These cups are either heated to create suction when they are applied, or employ the use of a manual pump.
Once the cups are placed on your skin, they remain for several minutes and are then gently removed.
How Does Cupping Work?
Cupping is thought to work by increasing your blood flow and stimulating your tissue to promote healing. For instance, you may choose cupping as an option for a sore back. Cups are placed on your back to stimulate the fascia (the connective tissues that holds our bodies together) and increase blood flow to the area.
The increased blood flow brings with it restorative compounds your injury needs to heal.
For allergies, facial cupping can help you get relief from sinus pressure and congestion. Using A facial cupping system, you can place the cups on your face in the areas where you feel the most pressure.
Using a facial cupping system just a few times a week can not only help keep your nasal passages clear and free from pressure and mucus build-up, it can also stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production and help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Getting a face lift while you treat your allergy symptoms? That’s a win/win.
How Do I Know If Cupping Is Right for Me?
Anyone can be a candidate for cupping, as it is relatively non-invasive and completely natural. If you’ve tried practically everything to get rid of your allergy symptoms are still struggling, cupping could be the solution.
Cupping is not painful, but it can leave marks that last for a few days. Facial cupping for sinus relief can be done up to three times a week, although you will likely feel the benefit of a single session.
When allergies strike, you don’t have to suffer without treatment, or use medications that can make you feel even worse.
Natural remedies for allergy relief like the ones right here at WTHN can help you feel better and keep your body strong.
- Allergies - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
- Antihistamines: Definition, Types & Side Effects - Cleveland Clinic
- What is a HEPA filter? | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - EPA
- Review of complementary and alternative medicine in treatment of ocular allergies - PubMed
- Efficacy and tolerability of bromelain in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis--a pilot study - PubMed