5 Natural Ragweed Allergy Remedies
With ragweed season in full effect, those who suffer from ragweed allergies are all too familiar with the suffering that accompanies it. From itchy eyes, nose,and throat to puffy eyes, a stuffy nose and sneezing, allergy sufferers often turn to over the counter meds for some relief. While that certainly helps, there are also other things you can do to lessen the symptoms of a ragweed allergy. If you’re suffering from ragweed allergies this year, give these five things a try to reduce symptoms.
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Avoid certain foods
Certain foods can increase ragweed allergy symptoms due to a pollen in them that’s similar to that of ragweed. Foods that can lead to greater symptoms include bananas, cantaloupes, bee pollen, cucumber, zucchini and sunflower seeds. Take note of the effects you experience after eating these foods to see if they are making your allergy symptoms worse. If they are, then try reducing your intake of them or eliminating them during the time you’re experiencing ragweed allergy symptoms so you don’t worsen them.
Take a Bromelain supplement
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples that digests protein. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce allergy symptoms affecting the nose and sinuses. According to a research survey conducted by Alrerntaive Medicine Review, it also helps to “thin nose secretions.” While eating pineapple can be helpful, it is more effective to take a Bromelain supplement.
Inhaling the eucalyptus leaf either in a steam or via a diffuser can do wonders for reducing the effects of a ragweed allergy. Eucalyptus has properties in it that help to thin mucus and improve a cough. Drop a few eucalyptus essential oil drops into a pot of hot water and gently place your face over it and inhale. Or simply add a few drops to a diffuser.
Take A Quercetin supplement
Quercetin is a type of plant flavonoid that is a naturally occurring antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-decongestant. Quercetin can be found in red grapes, apples, onions and in green tea to name a few. However, to ensure that you are consuming enough it can be best to take a supplement. Ask your healthcare provider if a Quercetin supplememt is a good option for you.
Consume more Tumeric
Tumeric acts as an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to curb allergy symptoms. Try cooking with Tumeric, adding it to a smoothie or taking a Tumeric supplement for allergy reducing benefits.
References: RD.com, Draxe.com, Naturalsociety.com, Webmd.com