It seems as though my allergies hit me earlier this year and I’ve been trying to find relief for weeks. I could easily reach for a little pink pill but it always makes me feel foggy-headed and “dried out” so I hit the internet to see if I could find some natural remedies. I decided to share the best three I found.
The first is a cough syrup from Instructables. This season I’ve had so much sinus drainage that I constantly cough, especially at night.
What You Need:
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
8 TBS honey
3 TBS warm filtered water
Mix all of the ingredients together and take 3-5 tsp a day, but take as little or as much as needed. Honey helps soothe and coat irritated membranes while ginger (either fresh or ground) works as an expectorant as well as loosens and expels mucus from the lungs. Pepper helps with chest congestion and thyme (fresh or ground) has anti-microbial properties and opens up the airways.
*Note: If the taste bothers you, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon. This will keep for several weeks in a well sealed container in a cool, dry location.
Warm tea like chamomile will break up the mucus in your airways and chamomile in particular, will relieve allergy symptoms. Chamomile is an antihistamine and can provide immunity toward many common allergens.
Bonus: The tea bag can be made into a compress for swollen, red eyes.
- Steep a tea bag in water for three minutes.
- Dump the water and squeeze out the excess water from the tea bag.
- Refrigerate the tea bag for 15 to 30 minutes and remove from the fridge.
- Hold the tea bag against your eye for up to five minutes at a given time.
- Wait an hour before reapplying a new compress and always use a new tea bag.
*Note: Chamomile has proteins that are similar to proteins found in ragweed so those who are allergic to it should be cautious.
Saline Nasal Spray
Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can help remove pollen from the nasal lining if you’ve been exposed to pollen. Most people often use the spray at the end of the day. Saline nasal sprays also add moisture if your nose feels dry from winter weather.
Mix two to three heaping teaspoons of non-iodized salt to one quart of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda. It is best to use salt that has no additives. Store the nasal solution in a nasal sprayer, which can be purchased online for less than $1. Store the solution at room temperature and mix before use. If the solution stings when you use it, just use less salt.
Other Tips: Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and be can found in oranges and grapefruit, clean linens in hot water weekly to get rid of dust mites and steaming or a hot shower breaks up congestion and flush out mucus if only but temporarily. The easiest way to steam is to pour boiling water in a bowl and drape a towel over your head like a tent. Breathe in the steam through your nose for about five minutes.