Natural Allergy Treatment for Hay Fever
Mother nature provides us several natural antihistamines, which relieve hay fever symptoms really effective, sometimes more effective than expensive medicines.
So, let's see the natural-herbal solutions for hay fever problems:
Apple Cider Vinegar
First of all our old folk remedy, Apple Cider Vinegar, is extremely helpful in the prevention and treatment of allergy.
Mix 1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water (250ml) and gulp the mixture at once. Use it 2-3 times a day. If taken at the onset of symptoms, improvement occurs immediately or in 1-3 hours. If you have been experiencing allergies for several days, your symptoms will diminish after about one day. If you don't notice any ease of your hay fever after 2-3 days, stop taking the remedy.
People often have problems with the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, so here you have a few tips to benefit the taste of the remedy:
give to the water-apple cider vinegar mixture 1 tsp honey , if you are sure honey does not exacerbate your symptoms
mix Apple Cider Vinegar in apple juice (instead of water)
mix Apple Cider Vinegar in herbal tea
If your stomach is sensitive to vinegar and feels upset after drinking the remedy give 1/4 tsp baking soda to 250ml Apple Cider Vinegar mixture.
You may keep using the Apple Cider Vinegar mixture (1-2 tbsp vinegar, 2-3 times a day) during the whole hay fever season.
WARNING! Your teeth don't like this acidic drink (may decay sooner), so rinse your mouth with tap water after drinking the remedy.
Another simple possibility is opening the Apple Cider Vinegar bottle and just inhale (through your nose) the vapors coming out of it. It is able to open up the nose passages immediately, to decrease mucus production and to calm allergic irritation. Don't overuse it, the acidic vapor may damage the mucus membrane.
Local Honey and Honeycomb
A highly appreciated old home remedy is local honey and honeycomb. Look for local honey that is made by bees in your immediate neighbourhood. Eat it regularly and chew the honeycomb it comes in, too. By eating honey produced by local bees, you can desensitize your immune system to local pollens. Starting two months before the hay fever season, eat 2 tablespoons of honey a day and chew the beeswax for 5 to 10 minutes. Continue until the hay fever season is over.
Caution: local liquid honey can sometimes exacerbate your allergies. Just be on the look out for this.