It’s that season again when everything is blooming, the smell of flowers fills the air, birds are singing. And many of us are sneezing, snuffling and dripping. Spring is beautiful, but high pollen counts can also mean a reemergence of allergies. For some of us, allergies aren’t even just a seasonal problem but plague us year round; which is why many are looking to home remedies for help.
If you don’t want to turn to the conventional store-bought remedies like Claritin, Benadryl, Sudafed or prescriptions, either because you want to keep your body as natural as possible or because the store-bought drugs just don’t work for you, there are some great options. First take a moment to consider which path is right for you before trying any at-home remedies.
Advantages of Home Remedies
With so many allergy remedies readily available in every drugstore, grocery outlet and even gas stations, why choose to go the do-it-yourself route? There are actually some important reasons but also a few possible drawbacks to consider.
Benefits of at home remedies
Ingredients. One of the biggest reasons to use at home remedies is that you control the ingredients. Many store-bought brands have components that are not under your control or visible to you. So if what type of ingredient you ingest really matters to you, making your remedies at home can be the best way to go.
Effectiveness. For some store bought or prescription remedies don’t work or have side effects that can be worse than the allergy symptoms themselves.
Symptoms vs Causes. Store-bought medicines focus on treating the symptoms. For many of us the idea of addressing the underlying cause to help our bodies function better is a far superior option.
Drawbacks of at home remedies
Price. The cost of at home remedies can also be prohibitive depending on what ingredients you are looking at. This is not always the case though—a quick comparative glance should tell you if making your own is cheaper or if grabbing something off the shelf is a better choice monetarily. Often what you do at home is even cheaper!
Time. Your time is precious, and that can sometimes mean that the time it takes for an at home remedy to take effect just doesn’t work. Because at home remedies focus on fixing the underlying problem they might not provide the immediate relief.
Some Home Remedies to Try
If either price or time are issues for you, there are some simple at home remedies that you might consider trying.
Honey! Outside of being delicious, raw honey is also a great throat soother. Have you ever noticed that many cough drops like Halls advertise using honey? That’s because it works. The key though is to use local, raw honey (which isn’t in store-bought remedies) what this does is help your body build up an immunity to the local pollens. Plus it tastes great!
Humidifiers and/or neti pots. The idea with these products is to flush out your sinus. A neti pot is more direct and actually goes in your nose to directly flush whereas a humidifier sits in your room to try to control the air that you are breathing.
Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar. Just add a teaspoon of each to a glass of water and drink it down—or add it to a product made for sinus flushing like a neti pot.
Essential oils. Eucalyptus and Frankincense oils are some of the best oils for helping you fight allergies and clear your sinuses. Add some into your wash when you do the laundry or rub them into your chest. You can also add these oils to a neti pot.
In the end, it is all about your comfort when treating an allergy outbreak. Do what works for you, but it might be good to keep in mind that short term solutions are just that—short term. In this case, natural may mean less suffering on down the line.