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5 natural remedies for allergies

Allergy season is on its way, which means that a large part of the population will be consumed by sneezing and red eyes. Instead of reaching for the over-the-counter medications, why not try a more organic solution and opt for a natural remedy? There are several simple methods to try that may help lower the side effects of those pesky allergies, with the added benefit of being (often) less expensive than regular medications.

Neti Pot

A neti pot is a saline solution that you flush through one nostril and it comes out of the other. It will empty the sinuses of unwanted allergens and irritations and really helps to clear the system. It can be intimidating to try a neti pot the first time, but it feels fantastic once you are used to it. Sinuses contribute strongly to allergies and taking care to flush your sinuses will help any irritations that occur in allergy season.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to help people with allergies. Specifically, acupuncture can help hay fever and curb inflammatory immune-system substances that are related to allergic reactions. It is a holistic alternative to allergy medication, and if you have never tried acupuncture, it doesn’t hurt at all.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine and helps block the body’s ability to produce histamine. It can be used in a tea or in a pill and helps to soothe any allergy related symptoms. Use it in conjunction with raspberry leaf or peppermint tea for a delicious concoction. Allergy teas are soothing and nettle leaf will help suppress any painful symptoms.

Probiotics

Probiotics are integral to good health and provide important bacteria in the stomach to boost the immune system. Allergies are often the result of an imbalanced immune system and regulating the gut with essential bacteria can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Kombucha has probiotics and is a yummy way of consuming probiotics. It also comes in a pill form.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that can be used in curries, soups, stir-frys, and tofu dishes. The spice contains curcumin and is a decongestant. It helps reduce allergy symptoms and clears the system when it is blocked. Tumeric is a wonderful addition to many dishes and adds essential health benefits to the diet. One teaspoon can also be taken with water every morning to clear the system and is common practice for health-focused individuals.

Natural remedies for allergies will leave you feeling better and more clear-headed than medications. If you try each of these methods to see which works for you, one of them will surely help alleviate the irritating symptoms of having all-consuming allergies in springtime.

Which natural remedy for allergies is your favourite? Let Women’s Post know in the comments below.

Don’t forget your Spring cleaning!!

cleaningTis’ the season! That’s right, spring cleaning season is upon us. If you need to get your house in order before a busy summer, this is the time to do it.

The regular spring cleaning includes mopping the floors and cleaning the bathroom, but what about those easy-to-forget spots that need some TLC? Here a few places you shouldn’t forget to clean this spring:


Wipe down baseboards and high ledges

The baseboards are often forgotten and tend to collect dust from the floor throughout the winter months. Getting down on your hands and knees and wiping them down is an annoying, but necessary task. By using a natural cleaning solution, it will also leave your house smelling nice. An easy mix includes water, vinegar, lemon, and any preferred essential oil (I use patchouli). Top ledges can be difficult to clean, especially for those who aren’t quite tall enough to reach them. Try using a Swiffer with the cleaning solution on it. Those ledges will be clean in no time!

Cleaning out the cupboards

Guess what i need to get around to doing.

The kitchen cupboards store food and every utensil we use to eat. Cleaning the kitchen area is essential for healthy and safe eating habits and emptying the cupboards for a scrub down a few times a year is equally as important. Using a cleaning solution in a bucket with a sponge, remove everything from the cupboards and wipe them. Also remember to sponge the front of the cabinets to rid them of fingerprints. This is a good time to match plastic containers with their proper lids and recycle extras. Don’t give me that face, I know there are missing lids in there!

 

The bi-annual give-away

Collecting things seems to be a common human trait and, if the habit goes unchecked, your house will soon resemble an old antique shop full to the brim with crap. At least two times a year, it is therapeutic to go through the house and purge yourself of unwanted items. Extra travel lotions or children’s clothes that are too small could be well-used by someone in need. If you have kids, teaching them to give old toys and clothes away helps them to understand the importance of giving to others as well. Plus, who wants to be on the show Hoarders? I don’t!

 

Hallig_Hooge,_Germany,_view_from_the_BackenswarftDusting the curtains

Taking the curtains down and washing them is a tough task, but will help in allergy season. Dust clings to fabrics and can be especially harmful in the spring season. Clean curtains help mitigate dust in the home and freshen up the colour of the curtains. While the curtains are down, it is a good time to do the next task on the spring cleaning list: the windows.

Dousing the windows

With sunny weather on its way, scrubbing the windows from the inside-out prepares for the warm. open-window weather ahead. Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that works well on windows when mixed with water. Using a natural scent with an essential oil will help lessen the vinegar smell in the room.

It is time to get on the old cleaning sweats, tie your hair back and get these tasks out of the way. You will feel amazing afterwards and your house will be fresh and ready for a warm spring season ahead.

What’s your most frustrating, but rewarding, spring cleaning task? Let us know in the comments below!