What is allergy?
It is an overreaction of the immune system to substances that pose no harm. The immune system is meant to protect us from any substances that may harm us.
The substances that cause the reaction are called allergens. The majority of the people are not affected by the allergens.
There are groups of people that are more at risk of getting allergies. Let us look at the predisposing factors.
Risk factors for allergies
- Family history of allergies
- Birth by caesarian section
- Being young
- Not getting enough sunlight
- Having another allergy
What are the types of allergies?
All foods can potentially cause allergies. However, there are some foods that affect large numbers of people all over the world. They include:
Other allergies include:
- Medication such as penicillin and other drugs
- Insect bites from fleas and horseflies
- Animal fur, wool, and dust mite
- Pollen from trees and grass
What are the symptoms of allergies?
- Blocked nose
- Stomach cramps
- Skin peeling
- Swelling of lips, eyes, and face
- Shortness of breath
- Hives or rashes that cover the body
With all these allergies always around, are there home remedies that can treat allergies?
Here are home remedies for allergies:
Probiotics are live micro-organisms that are good for the gut. They provide good properties for allergy treatment. Despite little understanding of probiotics and why they seem to reduce the frequency of allergies, it is thought, the presence of the good bacteria in the gut helps reduce allergies.
Examples of foods that fall under probiotics include:
- Tempeh– fermented soybean
- Kimchi– a mixture of cabbage and seasonings such as garlic, ginger, scallion and red chili pepper flakes
- Pickles– fermented cucumbers
- Kombucha– a fermented green or black tea
2. Nettle leaf
The stinging nettle is a natural antihistamine and a powerful allergy treatment. It blocks the body from producing histamine. Histamine is the compound that is responsible for allergies.
It can be taken on its own or mixed with other herbs to make teas for allergies. It is usually mixed with raspberry or peppermint leaves to create soothing teas for allergy relief.
It is a natural bioflavonoid that seems to control the cells that produce histamine. It is a long-term treatment and therefore, you should take it from 4-6 weeks before a predicted allergic reaction.
Quercetin is naturally found in broccoli, citrus fruits, cauliflower, and green tea.
This remedy is for people suffering from pollen. The idea is, if you eat the honey from your area, over time, your body gets used to the allergens and thereby eliminates the allergy. Bees transport pollen from flowers to honey. If you are willing to try, start 1 month before pollen season. Eat local honey and it will relieve the symptoms.
5. Eucalyptus oil
The oil extracted from the leaves has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. These properties come in handy during the allergy season. It is added to laundry in every wash to ensure there are no allergens on the clothes.
6. Rose water
Rose water is a useful allergy treatment. When eyes are inflamed due to an allergy, you can wash them with rose water.
Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties which will bring the allergic reaction.
The green tea and chamomile teas are naturally able to help with allergy symptoms. Teas are vital for allergy treatment.
They contain anti-oxidants and anti-histamines that can boost your immunity levels. Green tea has a compound called catechin which suppresses the enzyme that changes histidine to histamine.
8. Anti-inflammatory foods.
The foods that you eat can translate to how well your body can deal with allergies. By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, you increase the body’s ability to handle allergies.
Your body can use the nutrients to build up the muscle to fight the different allergens in your environment.
The following are some of the foods that provide the anti-inflammatory effect:
These include collards, kale, watercress, and spinach. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and enzymes that reduce inflammation.
This is a filling soup that can be made from beef or chicken stock. It has minerals that help strengthen the immune system. The immune system, in turn, helps to fight the allergies in the surrounding environment.
Gluten-free foods help in reducing inflammation in the body. Cook with flours such as almond flour, oat flour, coconut flour, and rice flour to give the body the strength it needs to fight the allergies.
Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk has no lactose and dairy. The cow’s milk has a lot of sugar which can lead to inflammation. With increased inflammation, the body may not be in a position to deal with allergies.
It is a natural antibiotic that fights off allergies and infections. It boosts the immune system, giving the body the armor to ward off allergies. Eating cloves of garlic will give better benefits.
Lemons and limes keep the body in an alkaline state which boosts the immune system in fighting allergies. They also have vitamin C and plenty of antioxidants.
Lemon water detoxifies the body and cleanses it. This way the body has the capacity to fight allergies and inflammation.
You can use the lemons mixed with olive oil to make dressing for salads and sandwiches.
Allergies are not an easy thing to deal with, but boosting the body’s ability to fight them is a start.
Using these remedies, you can live a comfortable life even in allergy seasons. They are easy to learn are made up of ingredients that are right in your home.
Utilize them for your health and a better quality of life.