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As autumn arrives and the leaves start turning, many of us look forward to the pleasant days ahead. However, for those who are prone to seasonal allergies, this marks the onset of a persistent runny nose, sneezing, cough and congestion. And owing to the increasing level of pollutants in the air and erratic weather changes, seasonal allergies can now strike at any time of the year.
While seasonal allergies or Hay Fever cannot be categorized as a full fledged diesase, it can cause severe discomfort and make the person prone to major ailments like Bronchitis and Asthama.
To keep allergies in check, patients are generally prescribed antihistamines, cortisteroid nasal sprays and cough syrups. But these medicines come with a host of side effects and the body gradually becomes immune to the medication. The only solution then, is to further increase the dosage which eventually turns into a vicious cycle. To prevent that, natural remedies can come in handy. These concoctions are easily available, extremely fruitful and do not cause any side effects.
Here’s a ready reckoner natural preparations which will go a long way in preventing and curing allergies:
The root cause of allergies is a malfunctioning immune system. An allergic reaction happens when the body’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance like pollen or dust. Chyawanprash aims to strenthen body’s immunity and therefore helps in preventing allergic reactions. One teaspoon of Chyawanprash in the morning followed up by a glass of warm milk can go a long way in controlling hay fever.
Initially, start off with only half a teaspoon and gradually increase the intake, as this conconction releases a lot of heat in the body and it takes time for the digestive system to get familiar with the preparation.
A spoonful of honey a day keeps allergies away; quite literally. This amazing ingredient helps in relieving cough, soothes the throat and prevents congestion. Drink glass of warm water mixed with a Honey first thing in the morning and right before bedtime to derive maximum benefit.
Allergic reactions happen when our body releases histamines as an adverse response to allergens. Consumption of Ginger, a natural antihistamine, can control the production of histamines and prevent bouts of allergy. Ginger also helps in reducing inflammation of the nasal tract.
A mixture of honey and ginger can help in breaking mucus build up in the chest and relieve congestion and cough. Avoid consuming ginger juice in concentrated form as it can cause throat irritation.
No, it’s not just a fancy ingredient to jazz up your salads. Recommended by none other than Hippocrates, the father of medicine, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the oldest remedies for allergic rhinitis. It helps in building immunity and increases the alkalinity of the body which further helps in controlling allergies.
For best results, mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and honey. Consume it on a regular basis all through the allergy season to cure the root cause of allergies.
Known for its soothing effects, Chamomile Tea can prevent nausea caused by the constant coughing and sneezing. Sipping on hot and mildly fragrant chamomile tea also helps in breaking up mucus in the chest and relieves congestion. It increases the metabolic rate which assists better absorption of nutrients and weight loss.
Spirulina, which is a blue green algae, is a superfood which comes with a host of benefits. It helps in reducing inflammation along the respiratory tract and is an effective anti-oxidant. Many studies have successfully proven that daily consumption of spirulina can significantly bring down the instance of allergic reactions.
So, to avoid popping pills after every sneeze and sniffle, try these side-effect free home remedies to manage seasonal allergies and revel in the goodness of mother nature. These natural cures will definitely banish your seasonal allergies!
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