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Are you as overwhelmed as I am by all of the different pills that claim to fight allergies? And what about all of those side effects? Sometimes I think the side effects might be WORSE than the allergies themselves. Natural remedies for seasonal allergies to the rescue!
In this episode of our podcast, we talk about some natural remedies to help you battle nasty seasonal allergies.
Check out episode 32 of our podcast to hear our discussion or feel free to read on for a summary.
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5 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
The season of nasty colds, ugly flu viruses, and winter allergies are upon us. Coughing, chest congestion, itching, and achiness conspire to make us miserable. Television, magazine ads, and conventional medicine have taught us to rush to the drugstore and load up on cough syrups and drops; pills for congestion, itching, sniffling and sneezing; medicines to help us sleep, and ones to keep us awake.
Of course, if you’re sick and not getting better you should visit your doctor, but there are also many ways to combat (and even prevent!) these illnesses naturally.
With that, here are 5 of our favorite tips to help you naturally treat what ails you this cold and allergy season.
Let’s start this list with the simplest of natural remedies, water.
Your body needs water, especially when you’re sick. Water not only helps flush out the bad stuff but it helps your body function properly so that it can heal.
Eat Healthy Whole Foods
Just like our bodies need water, they also need the right amount of nutrients to ensure they have what they need to fight off illness and inflammation.
By reducing processed foods and increasing whole foods in your diet, you’ll load your body with illness-fighting vitamins!
Try Out a Homemade Chest Poultice
A poultice is essentially a paste made of herbs, plants, and other healing substances (like salt and charcoal) used as a natural alternative to rubs that are made from petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil industry and doesn’t break down very easily so it’s not great for the environment.
Check out this article from Wellness Mama for more on poultices, including a few “recipes.”
As Wellness Mama states (and as we always state, too) please do not use any of these without first consulting your doctor.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of nasal irrigation but some folks swear by it.
According to the FDA, nasal irrigation systems such as neti pots and syringes are generally safe. It’s SUPER important, however, to keep them clean and use the correct type of water (distilled or sterile). Tap water should NEVER be used as it’s not filtered properly and can contain some harmful organisms.
As stated, nasal irrigation isn’t something I would do,