Spring is a beautiful time of year. But as trees and flowers start to bloom, pollen is released, becoming airborne, giving seasonal allergy sufferers their annual spout of sneezing, itchy, teary eyes, and runny noses. When you’re out trying to enjoy spring weather, allergies can be quite the nuisance to deal with. If you suffer form seasonal allergies and you don’t want to pump your body with pharmaceuticals that can cause unpleasant side effects, try natural herbal remedies to soothe your symptoms.
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What Causes Spring Allergies?
The most common trigger for spring allergies is pollen. According to webmd.com, it is released by trees, grasses, and weeds to fertilize others plants. The immune system views pollen as a foreign invader, so when a person breathes in the allergens, anti-bodies are released to destroy them. This then leads to the release of histamines into the blood, which causes the symptoms of allergies.
Aromatherapy for Allergies
One of the best natural remedies for allergies is aromatherapy, which includes the use of essential oils through massage or inhalation. Aromatic oils to treat allergies should have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. According to Pamela Durkin in the article Aromatherapy for Seasonal Allergies, for massage therapy, add ten drops of an essential to oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil. For inhalation therapy, add one drop of an essential oil to 1 cup of boiling water and inhale the steam. Try the essential oils below to combat the effects of allergies:
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Herbs for Allergies
When determining what natural remedies for allergies to use, there are several herbs that can help alleviate the symptoms of allergies. For example, garlic, peppermint, horseradish, and cayenne pepper are great for decongestion. Also, for relief for itchy eyes, try an herbal eyewash made out of eyebright. In addition, an important part of allergy treatment is the use of antihistamines, which block the onset of allergy symptoms. Herbal antihistamines include gingko, borage, stinging nettle, and chamomile.
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“Aromatherapy for Seasonal Allergies” by Pamela Durkin
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