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15 natural remedies for allergies that provide relief

Apr 10, 2017

Allergies can be broadly classified into three major categories – respiratory, digestive, and dermatological allergies. Thus, you can get an allergy when you inhale an allergen, ingest it through food or when an allergen has a contact with your body. Allergy symptoms are caused when an individual has a hypersensitive response to an otherwise harmless substance. Trying to learn what causes your allergic reactions is half the battle. The other half is learning how to treat it properly.

Here are 15 natural remedies for various types of allergies

Respiratory allergies

Respiratory allergies are characterised by sneezing, cough, watering of eyes and nose and asthmatic attacks. The natural remedies listed below can help control the allergic reaction from worsening and providing quick relief.

1. Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is an excellent natural remedy for dust, pollen, fur, and other respiratory allergies. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Simply add a heaped teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a glass of water and bring it to boil. For about ten minutes allow the mixture to steep. Strain and drink the tea when it is mildly warm.

2. Steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil

Boil about half a litre of water in a large bowl. When the steam begins to rise, add two drops of eucalyptus oil to the water. Later, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for about ten minutes. Inhaling steam clears the nasal cavity while the eucalyptus oil soothes the irritated lining of the nose and eases the sinuses.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar decreases the production of mucus and cleanses the body’s lymphatic system to control an allergic reaction. In a glass of warm water, mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drink it thrice a day. This golden tonic helps to cure allergy symptoms as well as prevent further attacks.

4. Honey

Honey is a powerful natural remedy. It’ll protect you against common colds and allergy attacks. Your sneezing should reduce soon after consuming honey. You can also warm up a small spoon of honey and consume the same to ease a sore throat.

5. Ghee

To help reduce the intensity of sneezing, drink about a quarter teaspoon of ghee. Ghee warms the nasal passage and helps ease the allergy. Dip a clean cotton ball in warm ghee and gently dab it on your sinuses to cure a blocked nose.

Digestive allergies

The symptoms of digestive allergies or food allergies can take place quickly or after a certain amount of time. A food allergy may come across as itching in the mouth, swelling up of the lips or tongue, and breathlessness. Symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea can commence if the allergy worsens. The natural remedies listed below can effectively ease the symptoms of food allergies.

1. Bananas

Bananas have a wealth of essential nutrients that are highly effective in reducing the symptoms of allergic reactions to food. Bananas reduce stomach discomfort and help regulate the body’s metabolism. Thus, eating enough bananas may not fully cure food allergies, but it does reduce the severity of allergic reactions.

2. Castor Oil

Known for improving the strength and resistance of the stomach to various food items since ancient times, castor oil coats the walls of your digestive system thereby reducing the effects of any allergic reaction to the food you eat. Drink a cup of water with 5-10 drops of castor oil every morning on an empty stomach to get rid of the allergy quickly.

3. Turmeric
This Indian herb has a rich anti- inflammatory property. It serves as an excellent remedy for patients who suffer from fatigue along with digestive allergies. Ideally, turmeric is most effective when combined with a glass of warm milk and honey.

4. Ginger

Ginger is known to cause tolerance to allergens by reducing disproportionate levels of antihistamine in the body. This versatile root is known to cure many diseases and is particularly useful in cases of extreme allergic reaction. The juice of ginger can be consumed daily with a glass of warm water to ease digestive ailments.

5. Vegetable juice

Carrot juice in combination with cucumber, beetroot and pomegranate can work wonders for your digestive health. All the above foods are a rich source of iron and at the same time reduce the effects of an allergic reaction.

Dermatological allergies

Changes in skin colour, swelling, rashes, redness of the skin or a burning sensation, are all signs of dermatological allergies. Your doctor may prescribe you creams and antibiotic medications to treat your allergy. But take a look at these simple and effective natural remedies mentioned below.

1. Mint Leaves

Mint leaves can be used to reduce the swelling and soothe the burning sensation. The best way to use mint is to crush fresh leaves to make a paste and apply it on your skin. Leave it on for half an hour to 45 minutes and then rinse it off.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a good source of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal nutrients. They’ll work wonders for your skin. Fresh Aloe Vera gel can be extracted from the leaves of the plant. Apply this on the affected area directly for 30 minutes and then wash it off using plain water. Repeat this thrice a day to get rid of your skin allergies completely.

3. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a natural moisturiser and a rich source of Vitamin E and antioxidants making it an elixir that promotes healing and skin renewal. Mix some honey in a bowl of olive oil and apply this mixture on your rash directly to prevent the itching.

4. Ice Cubes

Itchy skin and swelling are the most uncomfortable symptoms of skin allergies. The best way to manage this discomfort is to apply a cold compress on the affected area. Place a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on your skin. Repeat this 3-4 times a day to facilitate quick healing.

5. Lemon

It’s a brilliant natural remedy for your skin problems. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and is well known for its bleaching properties. Apply it to the affected area of your skin and let it dry. Initially, it may burn. But it’ll solve the problem of itching.

All the above-mentioned ingredients or natural remedies can be found easily in your kitchen. Try these simple and cost effective remedies for quick relief from your allergies.

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