Pink and dried up noses, empty tissue boxes, and the occasional sounds of “ACHOO” signal the start of spring and its favorite counterpart-allergies.
Many regard allergies as pests and distractions to the routines of one’s daily life. Medicine doesn’t seem to work and tissues don’t relieve the build up. However, natural household remedies have been proven to be strong fighters against these annoying sneezes and constant congestions.
There are many types of allergies, but about 37 million Americans experience two types of air allergies known as allergic rhinitis or sinusitis.
Air pollutants such as pollen, dirt, animal fibers, food particles, and even mold ignite the sinus passages. This is a result from the immune system’s reaction towards the “overdose” of allergens in the body.
Fragrance from herbs and certain spices have been proved successful in combating allergies. Ginger, basil, garlic, horseradish, white and cayenne pepper, and turmeric are some that will clear congestion with just a sniff. Inhaling steam is also an alternative; adding certain herbal fragrances like wintergreen oil is even more productive.
Another self-healing process requires a cotton ball swab, olive oil, and a clove of garlic. Using the garlic, press and mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil. Then soak the solution with the cotton swab and gently place them in the nostril for around 20 minutes. Make sure to cleanse the nostril before beginning this process.
Food products aren’t the only remedies; massages also do the trick. People who experience allergies usually experience the side effects also. Headaches, sore throats, watery eyes, and congestion are some of the effects.
For relieving congestion, sit at the edge of a chair, with a straight posture and lean your head slightly forward. Using your palm, massage your inner temples while inhaling and exhaling. After repeating it three times, cross your middle and index finger and begin rubbing the side of your nose. Make sure your fingers are warm.
One important fact is to stay away from foods that contain dairy, simple sugars, and corn because they tend to worsen allergies. Believe it or not, the foods we eat also have an impact on our allergies.
Although we can’t control the pollutants in our air, we can control the effects it has on our bodies, especially our noses.
This article was written by Margaret Thi. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 2, 2008.