Natural Allergy Remedies and Prevention

Autumn is just weeks away, and along with the spiced cider and
backyard football it will be bring a new season of allergies.
Stores shelves will restock their array of drug treatments ? some
for congestion, others for that scratchy throat. But seasonal
allergies are simply a body’s natural overreaction to everyday
substances, so a natural, more healthful treatment simply makes
sense. Whether it’s dust, mold or pollen that sets off your
sniffer, there are a variety of options straight from nature to
help you sooth or even prevent many allergy symptoms and
reactions.

Try these simple remedies ? many of which are from

The Green Pharmacy
by James A. Duke, Ph.D. ? to enjoy the
crisp, colorful fall itch- and sniffle-free.

Garlic & Onions. These alliums contain compounds that
slow inflammation. Eat them alone or add generously to meals during
allergy season.

Honey. Raw, local honey may help your body build a
resistance to allergy-inducing pollens, reducing your allergic
reaction. Start eating small amounts of honey before allergy
season, gradually increasing to 1 teaspoon a day and continuing
throughout the season.

Horseradish. You’ve probably noticed how spicy Thai and
Mexican food can make your face flush and nose run. Similarly, hot
foods such as horseradish and wasabi are great for decongestion. If
you can take the heat, try a bite plain or add them to dishes for
sinus relief.

Vitamin C. Long known to ward off colds and other viruses,
this common vitamin also contains antihistamine properties. Eat
foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges or bell peppers, or take a
supplement daily during allergy season.

Ginko biloba. Try taking 60 to 240 milligrams of ginko daily
to help nip an allergic reaction in the bud.

As with dust and pollen allergies, different folks have different
reactions to certain herbs, foods and supplements. It’s always wise
to start with a small dose of any allergy remedy, whether natural
or pharmaceutical, and observe your body’s response before
increasing the quantity or frequency. If you notice an adverse
reaction, decrease or discontinue use.

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