Home remedies that may help with your spring cold and allergies

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Spring is a gorgeous season but is often marred by stifling allergies and colds. If you’re someone prone to spring colds or allergies, here are a few home remedies that could help. Please note that this advice should not be seen as a substitute medical advice.

Apple cider vinegar: Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water or lemon juice and drink it to help with a runny nose as the vinegar helps break up mucus in the body.

Hot shower: This is an easy home remedy to help combat a spring cold. The steam of a hot shower will help clear your sinuses. Taking a shower once you arrive at home will help rid you of outdoor pollen as well.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus has shown to help with allergy relief as it can reduce inflammation. Place some crushed leaves in a bowl at your desk or on your bedside table or rub three drops on your chest to help you breathe easier.

Probiotics: Products like yogurt contains healthy bacteria to balance gut bacteria.

Nasal irrigation: This process entails the draining of saline from one nostril through another to flush out mucus.

Spicy food: Eating hot food in the middle of spring or summer? Yes. Food spiced up with ingredients like onion, garlic and pepper or hot ginger can help thin out your mucus.

Honey: While flowers may cause allergies it can actually help relieve it too. Eating honey every day can help you gradually become inoculated against the side-effects of pollen.

Steam: Pour boiling water into a bowl and drape a towel over your head. Spend five to ten minutes inhaling the steam.

Tea: Try drinking some peppermint or green tea. The menthol found in peppermint tea can help break up mucus. Green tea has shown to have antioxidant properties that can restrain allergic reactions.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 Fatty Acids are naturally anti-inflammatory and can be found in walnuts, fish and flax seeds, to name a few.

Stay clear of pollen: Be sure to wash pollen out of your hair and skin after being outside. Don’t let your clothes dry on a line outside, wash your pets and vacuum your carpets regularly.

Apple and walnut mix: Not only is this mix yummy and nutritious, the vitamin E content can boost your immunity and protect against reacting to allergens.

These home remedy suggestions should not be taken as medical advice and may not show the same results for every person. Ultimately we advise that you seek medical advice before attempting any of the remedies.

Do you know of any interesting home remedies that have worked for you? Join the conversation and let us know.

Source: Health, Common sense homesteading


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