It’s that time of year again, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and flowers are in bloom… unfortunately so are the nasty pollen and spores that go along with them! Allergies and hay fever affect millions of North Americans, and can affect you differently each year depending of the weather and environmental changes. Allergies can be such a pain in the butt, they have the ability to turn a regularly happy, healthy human being into a sniffling, wheezing, miserable, mess. So many of us reach for over the counter antihistamines or anti-inflammatory at the thought of a little phlegm, when there are so many natural ways that we can fight allergy symptoms. That being said, if you’re miserable and have a big deadline coming up, by all means take an antihistamine to get yourself through, but why not try a few of these simple at home remedies first…they might just do the trick!
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1. Drink lots of water and herbal tea. Fluids like water or certain herbal teas, such as peppermint, help to flush the system and aid your body’s immune system. The essential oils in peppermint tea act as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.
2. Saline solution. There are a few products on the market right now that use a saline solution to drain the sinuses such as the Neti Pot. Some studies support the use of saline solution (salt water) to restore moisture to dry nasal passages and sinuses and to lessen the inflammation of mucous membranes. Findings show that if saline irrigation is used regularly, it can help to
thin mucus, decrease postnasal drip, and cleanse your nasal passages of bacteria.
3. Feel the wasabi burn. Wasabi, that pale-green, fiery condiment served with many Japanese dishes, is a member of the horseradish family. Anybody who has sampled a little too much wasabi knows that it’ll clear your sinuses right out! That’s because allyl isothiocyanate, a constituent in wasabi, promotes mucus flow. So slap some horseradish onto that sandwich and embrace that wasabi burn the next time you shove that maki roll in your face, and breathe more clearly!