When I was in high school I went in for a skin test to see what I was allergic to. I came back severely allergic to everything outdoors and pets. I had tried every medication out there. Nothing worked. Claritin, Zurtec, and Afrin didn’t even make a dent. I couldn’t breathe through my nose.
The doctors said that I could try doing immunotherapy over the course of a few years and see if it helped but there was no guarantee. I was planning on volunteering out of the country for 2 years so I couldn’t start and then stop immunotherapy in the middle of treatment.
Once I returned so did my allergies but worse than before I left. Now not only was my nose always stuffy but I had itchy dry eyes. I couldn’t keep my contacts in very long before they were cloudy and felt like I was getting stabbed in the eye. I tried prescription eye drops which provided relief for a couple of hours. I was taking at least two Zurtec a day just to manage but I knew I couldn’t continue on this path.
I went back to the doctor and he decided to give me a Kenalog Shot but warned me this wasn’t a permanent solution because the side effects of getting a shot on an annual basis were too dangerous. The Kenalog Shot worked until allergy season rolled around the next year. I got a shot the following year and the doctor said that was it. I couldn’t get another one the following year.
So of course my allergies came back the following year and I needed to find a solution. I was tired of spending money on expensive medication that didn’t work and had potentially harmful side effects that’s when I started to read about natural remedies for allergies. Here are some of the ones that have worked for me.
L.L.P. Allergy Blend-
L.L.P. Allergy Blend is a blend of lavender, lemon and peppermint created by Spark Naturals that acts as a natural antihistamine. These three oils combine to cool down body inflammation. You can either rub it twice a day on your feet or take it internally. If you take it internally purchase gelatin capsules with 9 drops in each capsule and take up to 3 times daily.
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Steam your Face-
Breathing in steam refreshes your irritated sinuses and can help soothe them. Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl. Lean over the bowl with a towel draped over your head and breathe for 5-10 minutes. You can also hop in the shower which will remove allergens from your skin and hair.
Did you know wasabi can help people that suffer from hay fever? Buy green peas coated in wasabi and suck on them your sinuses will start flowing! You could also do this with most other spicy food however there is no proof that is provides lasting relief.
Rinse your Nose with a Saline Solution-
Each day spray a saline rinse into your nose to wash away pollen. In a study participants who rinsed their sinuses 2 times a day for 3-6 weeks had less nasal congestion than those who didn’t.
An ancient Chinese form of medicine acupuncture has been shown to help provide relief to allergy sufferers.
There is no harm in trying any of these natural ways to relieve allergies instead of using medication. You might just be surprised!