4 Natural Allergy Remedies
How to stop taking your allergy medicine.
Are you that person who is dealing with itchy eyes and a stuffy nose every day? Or how about itchy ears? Isn’t that the worst?! Going around having to stick your finger in your ear, wiggling your finger around, trying to reach the itch, until you realize you look like a dog scratching his ear. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and are looking to stop putting so many harmful chemicals in your body then you have come to the right place.
I took a Zyrtec and a Singulair every day from the time I was very young up until about 2 years ago when I decided to start trying to get pregnant. Now I don’t take Singulair at all and have taken an antihistamine less than 10 times in these past two years. Here are 4 natural allergy remedies I use that have helped me to stop taking my allergy medicine. Plus, a bonus tip for those who wear contacts.
Natural Allergy Remedy #4 – A Clean House
My first suggestion for a natural allergy remedy is to keep a clean house. If you are like me you are allergic to not only everything outside, but everything inside as well. Plus, we have two big dogs who enjoy bringing in pollen and dirt from the outside.
Vacuum every day or as often as you can. Honestly, I do this because our dog Thor sheds constantly and I can’t stand the dog hair everywhere. However, I do believe the practice of vacuuming helped me keep the allergens at bay.
Use chemical free cleaners to keep surfaces free of dust. Chemicals always bothered my asthma and I’m allergic to dust so this is a win – win. I like to make my own cleaners or use Method Cleaners
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Natural Allergy Remedy #3 – Vitamin C
My second natural allergy remedy is to take vitamin C. I myself use Emergen-C. Vitamin C is known for boosting the immune system. It just makes sense that having a healthier immune system would mean your body could handle allergens better. Plus, there is actually more to it! Vitamin C lowers histamine levels in the bloodstream which can help prevent allergies. If you want to ward off of those itchy eyes then take some vitamin C every day to every couple of days.
Natural Allergy Remedy #2 – Essential Oils
My third natural allergy remedy is to start incorporating essential oils into you daily life. Essential oils are believed to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. They can help fight off bacteria and harmful toxins. This is exactly what you need to fight off allergies. Essential oils provide a plant based way for you to fight allergies instead of ingesting chemicals every day.
The oils I have found to be the most useful are peppermint, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender. Tea tree comes highly recommend for allergies. I personally do not like the smell of it, but maybe you will. I started out by diffusing the oils and using them in cleaners to keep my house clean. You can find out more about using essential oils for allergies through Dr. Axe.
Natural Allergy Remedy #1 – Sinus Rinse
My number one natural allergy remedy is to use a Sinus Rinse every day. You can also use a Neti Pot but I myself prefer the bottle. Basically you squirt a saline rinse through one side of your nose and out the other. Yes, it is weird. Yes, it can be gross if you are sick and have a lot going on in your nose. No, I do not feel like I am drowning. Yes, this is the most helpful tool I have ever used when dealing with my allergies and other sinus issues. I no longer have to worry about being an old granny who is still taking Singulair every morning. Seriously, the weirdness of the whole thing is totally worth it.
Bonus Tip for Contact Wearers
If you wear contacts and constantly have itchy eyes you should try using a hydrogen peroxide based contact solution. My eye doctor recommend this to me and it works wonders. Allergens were getting stuck on my contacts and my normal solution wasn’t getting them cleaned off. I would put my contacts back in my eyes the next morning along with some left over allergens from the day before. A peroxide based solution really gets the contacts clean and allergen free.
One Last Thought
Let me add that when I first stopped taking my allergy medicine it was rough. I got sick with some sort of cold for a long time. Since my motivation was that I didn’t want my unborn child to have to that medicine in their system every day, I kept at it and eventually was healthier than ever. None of these remedies will get rid of your allergies in an instant, like popping a pill will. You have to be willing to take the time to use these natural remedies to prevent the allergies from happening. Do I still take the occasional Zyrtec or puff of my inhaler… yes, but I am so happy I do not depend on them every day and hope you will try to take your own adventure with natural allergy remedies.
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