Spring is well known as allergy seasons. We all know about the ‘spring cold’ or the sniffles caused by the first blossoms of the season. Many people that don’t like taking medicines break down and reach for the over the counter remedies because they or their loved ones are just too miserable to put up with the symptoms.
Symptoms are the key word when we are talking about these products. The spring cold or allergies are your body’s way of trying to get rid of stuff that it thinks is harmful. The over the counter products make you feel better by blocking this cleaning process. You may feel better in the short term, but what happens to a room that never truly gets cleaned? Pretty soon the junk just becomes overwhelming. The process of cleaning it out is uncomfortable, but necessary.
Instead of stopping the natural process there are things you can do that make you feel better and help your body with the cleaning process.
Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng) suppresses excess histamine and stimulates the immune system to fight harder.
Spirulina reduces the nasal inflammation that can make you feel ‘stuffed up’ even when there is no mucus. It also reduces histamine levels and the symptoms that come with it.
Oil of Oregano boosts your immune system.
Licorice Root opens the bronchial tubes.
Stinging Nettle is a great antihistamine. It has also been shown affective in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, and kidney stones. On top of that is helps in maintaining a healthy prostate.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in citrus, apples, parsley, and tomatoes. It is not for the pregnant or those with liver disease, but for everyone else is a powerful antihistamine.
Thyme is a powerful disinfectant and can be used to fight infections. The tea is rich in antioxidants and is great for easing coughs and chest congestion. It cannot also be made into a very effective cough syrup.
Citrus is well known for its vitamin c. Look for other sources of this vitamin as well.
Red Grapes reduces the inflammation in the sinuses (and other parts of the body).
Broccoli is another great source of vitamin C.
Collard greens contain carotenoids, which east allergic reactions. Ever wonder why they are always cooked with bacon? Because the fat helps you absorb this essential compound.
Nuts contain both vitamin E and magnesium. Vitamin E improves your immune system, while magnesium relaxes the airways that restrict your breathing.
Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish, eggs, flax, walnuts, and chia seeds, help you resist allergies.
Garlic is another of nature’s antihistamines.
Onions are a cousin to garlic; they both contain quercetin, which acts as an antihistamine.
These are but a few examples of what can be in your natural medicine cabinet. Many are good for every day, so that you forget you were ever plagued with seasonal allergies.
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