Spring is just around the corner and with the awesome weather comes springtime allergies. You could head to your local pharmacy and stock up on Benadryl but that can leave you groggy and irritable. Here are some DIY allergy remedies you can concoct with items in your kitchen pantry.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used to treat allergies and heartburn for ages. In theory, apple cider vinegar works to combat mucous buildup in the sinuses. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink that three times a day to reduce your allergy symptoms.
It may seem weird to pour warm, salted water through your nose but it does wonders to relieve sinus pressure! Neti pots can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most pharmacies will also sell saline mix packets or saline solution next to the Neti pot, but you can make it home by simply mixing a teaspoon of salt into a quart of boiling water.
Nettle Leaf, also known as stinging nettle, is an international delicacy with restorative properties. Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can be dried to create a tea or placed in an easily swallowable capsule. Nettle leaf can be combined with other teas to mask the harsh flavor.
Ditch the store bought stuff and seek out a local provider of honey! Not only is the flavor much better but some believe that consuming local honey will help your body adapt to allergens in your area.
Eat Fish or Fish Oil
Studies have shown that individuals suffering from allergic asthma had improved symptoms after eating high fish diet or consuming fish oil on a daily basis. Participants were found to have lower levels of leukotrienes, the chemical that causes allergy symptoms.
Workout at Night
It may be tempting to go out for a run in the warm glow of the sun, but studies have shown that people who work out after dusk are exposed to less tree and ragweed pollen. Pollen is the leading cause of itching and stuffiness in allergy sufferers.