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Pollen Allergy Remedies That Really Work Fast

Are you looking for pollen allergy remedies that really work and fast? Are you suffering from pollen allergies and are the symptoms making your life a misery every  spring? This article will introduce you to ayurvedic home remedies that work providing fast relief for allergy sufferers.

Are you suffering from headaches, runny nose, swollen eyes and itchy throat? The chances are that you have pollen allergies and they make your life a misery as soon as the trees and flowers start to bloom.

Antihistamines are the most common over the counter medication and they work by calming your body’s immune system reactions against allergens, such as tree pollen. They however tend to make you drowsy, give you rash and even cause weight gain.

Ayurvedic medicine has several allergy remedies that work fast, are safe even for small children and pregnant ladies and have no side effects.

Pollen Allergy Remedies

Our immune system can effectively fight toxins, bacteria and viruses which are a threat to our health. That is if it’s working optimally, when out of balance, it can react too strongly to some environmental substances, such as tree pollen, animal dust or mold.

This reaction wil cause our body to act wanting to get rid of what it recognises as a threat to our health, causing an allergic reaction due to the excessive release of histamine chemical. Histamine in it’s turn can cause sneezing,  nasal congestion, coughing, watery eyes, eczema flare and lead to more serious things such as asthma attacks.

Nettle

nettlesNettle is often considered as a weed, but it really is a wonderful herb, which many amazing prooven anti-inflammatory properties. It also strengthens our immune system in general.

A tea or tincture made from it’s leafs reliefs the allergy symptoms of watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose. You can also make a soup out of it or use in many dishes instead of spinach. However nettles are best not eaten raw due to their sting!

For any type of remedy, you can use the nettle leaves either fresh or air dry them. Only collect young leaves at spring before the plants flower.

HOT TIP! If your eyes are itching and watering badly, you can wash them out with small amounts of fresh milk, which will ease the redness and itchiness almost immediately.

Peppermint

peppermint essential oilPeppermint has many wonderful abilities and can be used as a tea, essential oil or a tincture. It contains flavonoids that inhibit the activity of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines and therefore reduce the allergy symptoms.

You can use it as a tea, drink as tincture or diffuse in an aromatherapy diffuser. It is especially effective for astma and nose and airways congestions when used with a water vapour diffuser.
For more information you can read my article about different types of diffusers and find one that suites your needs best.
HOT TIP! You can combine both fresh or dried nettle and peppermint leaves together in a tea, which you should drink three times a day with a spoonful of organic raw honey.

Bee Pollen

Honey Bees

Just like raw organic honey, bee pollen is made my our little busy friends! But I am allergic to pollen you might say, it will make my symptoms worse. Actually in small doses over longer time, it teaches your immune system to get used to and handle the pollen.

Pollen is therefore more a long term remedy or a preventative measure, as you build resistance slowly during the winter and the spring before the pollen season starts. Buy an organic variety and add in small doses looking for any signs of allergic reaction.

Just like honey, this remedy is not recommended for infants. Also do not try this remedy if you have bee allergy or experience severe astma attacks as a result to pollen exposure.

Please also exercise caution with honey and bee pollen if you are nursing, as they can cause reactions in infants. Look for any signs of allergy symptoms and particularly rashes.

HOT TIP! You can mix the pollen into warm milk with a spoon full of honey and drink it in the evening before going to bed. It will double as a powerful sleeping remedy. In the morning you can mix some into your serial or yogurt.

Onion Juice

red onions

Onions are full of powerful antioxidant quercetin, which helps to calm many allergic reactions and also reliefs chronic inflammatory problems such as asthma.

Quercetin also neutralises free radicals, which cause cell damage and therefore it strengthens histamine releasing cells in our body. It is absorbed into the blood stream and provide long term protection for allergies.

Red onions work best for this recipe, as they contain higher quantities of this antioxidant. They are also generally milder and have less strong taste than yellow onions.

You can consume onions in foods, but the best benefits are achieve, when they are eaten raw, although many people prefer not to do this due to their sharp taste.

HOT TIP! Best ways to consume raw onion are as pressed juice or water infused with raw cut onions over night in the fridge.

Apples

Apple flower

Apples are one of natures gifts to the mankind! There is much truth to the old saying:

Apple a day, keeps a doctor at bay!

They contain pectin and vitamin C, which is very good for the immune system, making them one of the best pollen allergy remedies. You can eat them any way you want, raw, juiced or even baked into a delicious pie.

But did you know can also make a delicious tea out of their flowers! You can use either fresh or air dried flowers. You can also try out my delicious apple cinnamon infused water.

HOT TIP! Add a slice of lemon in your apple tea for extra dose of vitamin C or try my lime and ginger infused water.

My Loving Advice

From ayurvedic point of view the sudden high amount of allergens imbalance the doshas. This causes the weakening of the digestive fire agni. We need  to bring the doshas back into balance, which in turn strengthen the agni.

The above remedies are tested over the years in my family, as both of my children were born with bad pollen allergies. Over the years I tested one home remedy after an other, until we got to the point where my children barely notice the allergy season anymore.

I hope you have enjoyed my article pollen allergy remedies and they will help you to get a fast relief for your symptoms. If you have any questions about remedies, have allergies or have your own suggestions, leave me a comment below.

 Love and Health,

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Peppermint Essential Oil Uses – Herbal Health

Peppermint essential oil has many uses. It provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath. 

Essential oils are important part of ayurveda, where they can be used to balance out doshas. Besides being used as medicine, and for aromatherapy treatments, they are present in many of the herbal beauty creams and oils.

You can read more about the benefits of essential oils in my article here:

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Peppermint essential oil is obtained from a peppermint plant,that is a hybrid species of watermint and spearmint.  It is indigenous to Europe and Middle East.

A lot of medical studies have been conducted into the wonderful benefits of peppermint essential oil, but this article discusses them from ayurvedic remedies point of view.

peppermint

Peppermint is extremely powerful herb in ayurvedic medicine. It is also favourite in many recipes, where it’s not the main active ingredient due to its pleasant fresh taste and fragrance.

It is also often used in cooking. toothpastes and its one of the most popular herbal teas.

Peppermint essential oil provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath.  It is often present in many natural remedies for various skin conditions, airway infections and flu.

It is important that you choose organic and pure peppermint essential oil in order to receive the full benefits from this herb.

You can order pure organic peppermint essential oil here:

Improves Digestion

Peppermint oil improved digestion and helps with stomach aches. It works by reducing gastric acid and spasms, hence reducing pains associates with poor digestion.

It has also been found to improve the many of the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), like gas, bloating, indigestion, gas and irregularity.

It is also safe to use on infants and therefore often an effective ingredient in colic medication that can be added to a milk.

Usage

Use 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water. You can also add the oil into tea. Please not that peppermint tea produced from the peppermint leafs is not as effective as pure peppermint essential oil, although it is often marketed as such and main ingredient in many digestive teas.

For colic, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a 250ml bottle of breast milk or formula.

Read about my other home remedies for digestion problems:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Digestion

Relief Skin Problems

skinBecause of the cooling effects of peppermint on the skin, it has a great soothing relief for burns, sunburns and diaper rash. It also helps to support healthy skin renewal.

It is also great to calm itchy skin and prevent scratching. Therefore it is often used on children when they suffer from chicken pox or measles or for poison ivy itches.

Due to its anti-microbial properties, it can also be called to treat various skin infections and fight eczema and psoriasis often together with lavender essential oil. Peppermint essential oil is also used as an active ingredient to cure acne and prevent black heads.

Usage

Mix some drops with coconut oil and spread on the skin. Repeat when necessary.

Fight Bad Breath

Homemade toothpaste with mintPeppermint has anti-bacterial abilities and therefore it balances the bacteria that lives in the mouth, throat, gums and the oral cavity, fighting both bad breath and cavities, making it one of the favourite ingredients in chewing gums, toothpastes and mouth washes.

Usage

Make your own tooth paste with peppermint or add few drops into a glass of water for mouth wash.

Find out in my own article how you can further improve your oral health by using coconut oil pulling technique:

Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling – Healthier Teeth and Mouth

Pain Relief

Peppermint essential oil is extremely effective natural painkiller. It improves circulation and reliefs tension. It is used for soothing aching muscles and joints.

It is also  effective cure for headaches and migranes, sore and cramping muscles. It is also effective against fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome. It therefore often used in rubbing creams together with eucalyptus and menthol.

Usage

For rubbing ointment, mix coconut oil with few drops of peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus essential oil. For headaches, rub few drops under your nose and on your forehead.

Flu Remedy

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Because peppermint fights fever, airways and sinus infections, it is an extremely effective flu remedy. It unclogs the sinuses, opens your airways and acts as a decongestant. It brings relief to scratchy throats.

Because of its cooling effect, it reduces fever. Together with eucalyptus it has also been traditionally used against cough, asthma, and bronchitis with a water vapour diffuser.

Usage

  • For astma, bronchitis , flu, sinus and airways infections – Add few drops together with eucalyptus oil into a water vapor diffuser over night. Drink few drops mixed in warm water or tea.
  • For fever – Add few drops into coconut oil and rub the chest and forehead with the oil. Add to water which is used to wash and cool the patient.

Take a look my other ayurvedic flu remedy here:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Flu

Mood Booster

Peppermint essential oil is a mayor mood booster.  It stimulates the mind and gives you a wake up call in the mornings. It also helps you to improve concentration and can be used to reduce stress.

It is popular among Indian students taking their exams. It can also help people who have difficulties of waking up in the morning or suffer from chronic fatigue.

It is also know for the ability to “burn the midnight oil” and therefore a favourite of truck drivers and medical personal who have to work at night.

Read here how peppermint essential oil can be used by the students to improve the studying results:

Essential Oils for Concentration and Memory

Usage

Use few drops under your nose, add to warm water or tea. Add to your shampoo and wash your hair in the morning with it.

Other Uses

  • Reduce Hunger Cravings – Often used in diet products, peppermint oil prevents munches and helps you feel full longer.
  • ADHD Support – Few drops in clothing are known to improve concentration and alertness.
  • Teething – Rub few drops with a finger in the infacts teeth. It cools down the aching gums.
  • Balance hormones – few drops in pyjamas reduces nightsweats during menopause and cramps during mensturation.
  • Allergy Relief – Peppermint essential oil relaxes the naval passages and helps to clear out mucus and pollen during the allergy season. Use diffuser for further reliefing congestion.
  • Reduce Nausea – Inhaling few drops of peppermint essential oil from a napkin or smearing a little oil under the nose helps to prevent nausea and is often used as a natural relief during pregnancy and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Shampoo – Improves hair growth, removes dandruff and fights lice
  • Bug Repellent – Peppermint essential oil is also a very effective bug repellent. Add few drops to coconut oil and use as a cream to prevent mosquito bites. Use in an aromatherapy diffuser to repel mice, ants, bed bugs, spiders and cockroaches from the house.

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My Loving Advice

I always have peppermint essential oil in my herbal cabinet. Over the years I have used it on my children to relief colic and soothe diaper rashes and teething problems. I added it to pumped breast milk to sooth colic and used it to treat my daughters IBS.

It was also used it to fight common colds, fevers, sinus and airway infections. It cured many sun burns caused by the sun or fire. We used it to repel insects and sooth skin problems from eczema to measles.

It is also an important ingredient in my homemade toothpaste and mouth wash. During my cancer it helped me through the nasty spells of nausea and headaches. It helped to relief the symptoms of my menopause and inflammation of my joints.

I use it every day in my aromatherapy diffuser and often on the sauna as well. Peppermint essential oil uses are countless and I really don’t know what I would do without it!

ॐ Love and Health

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