Allergy season is in full swing, and the pollen is showing no mercy. Allergy medications can be lifesavers at this time of year; but allergy meds can also cause drowsiness, mental fog, and other unpleasant side effects. If you find that allergy medications hurt as much as they help, here are some natural remedies for seasonal allergies.
Nettle leaf is frequently recommended by herbalists as a natural remedy to treat seasonal allergies. But does it work? Preliminary research suggests that nettle leaf may, indeed, be able to prevent the immune system from reacting to pollen, or other allergens. A double blind study done with about 100 subjects found that nettle leaf capsules worked better than a placebo pill for allergy relief, though the difference was modest.
If you want to try using nettle leaf to treat your allergies, you can find nettle leaf capsules or nettle leaf tea in any health food store.
Eat More Vegetables
A study of more than a million children around the world concluded that the number one risk factor for both asthma and allergies is diet. Children who ate diets that were higher in plant foods and lower in animal foods had a significantly lower risk of suffering from allergic diseases.
This may be because fruits and vegetables contain more vitamins that help the immune system function properly, or because animal foods are high in saturated fat, which causes inflammation within the body. Although no specific studies have been done on whether allergies can be treated with high vegetable intake, there is certainly no downside to eating more veggies.
The saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is not just a metaphor. Laughter actually has a tangible effect on the immune system. When researchers asked people with dust mite allergies to watch either a Charlie Chaplin video or The Weather Channel, and then exposed them to dust mites, the Charlie Chaplin group had a much less severe reaction. Laughing also appears to increase the number of antibodies in the blood, potentially giving us extra protection against infections.
You may be able to alleviate your allergy symptoms with nothing more than a new Spotify playlist. A study on people with latex allergies found that listening to Mozart for thirty minutes significantly reduced the size of the bumps that formed on their skin when they were injected with latex.
The craziest part of this study is that the researchers also tried having the subjects listen to Beethoven, Schubert, and some other classical composers, but none of them worked. Only Mozart reduced the allergic reaction.
Yup, you read that right. Lots of studies have been done on the physiological effects of kissing; and one study found that kissing for thirty minutes actually reduces the allergic responses of dust mite and pollen allergies. Unfortunately, just cuddling for thirty minutes provides no improvement; but a follow-up study found that sex was also beneficial.
You may have already heard that sex appears to strengthen the immune system; so perhaps it isn’t surprising that intimacy may help alleviate your allergy symptoms as well.
The reasons why laughter, Mozart, and kissing appear to improve allergy symptoms remains a mystery; but you don’t need to wait for the explanation to give these natural remedies a try. You might find you can leave your antihistamines in the medicine cabinet, and emerge clear-headed from your allergy fog.
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