Spring is here and once again it is time for seasonal allergies. Many of us are familiar with the nasal congestion, itchy and runny nose, and sneezing that accompanies the beautiful blooming trees and flowers. However, before you go running to the local drugstore for over-the-counter relief, there are natural remedies which are often more effective without unwanted side effects.
What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are hypersensitive immune responses to substances that are inhaled or come in contact with the body. When pollen enters our nasal passages, the body releases histamines and other chemicals to get rid of the intruder. The mechanisms it uses are those symptoms that we are so familiar with – sneezing, itching, watery eyes, etc. However, symptoms of seasonal allergies can also include swelling in the bronchial tubes, and this is when seasonal allergies can become complicated. Such swelling very often results in bronchial asthma.
Symptoms of an asthma attack
Asthma attacks are not always predictable. They can slowly progress to a serious condition, or a fatal or near-fatal attack can develop within minutes. Some common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart rate
It is very difficult to predict when an asthma attack will become serious. The following symptoms may indicate a life-threatening situation. Should any of these life-threatening symptoms arise, immediate medical attention is necessary:
- Shallow breathing
- Bluish skin
- Not being able to complete full sentences
- Inability to concentrate, agitation and/or confusion
- Feeling as if the chest is closing
- Hunched shoulders
- Strained abdominal and neck muscles
Treating respiratory conditions naturally
The use of natural remedies not only brings momentary relief but also serves to strengthen the immune system whereby allergies become less and less frequent. This is something drugs cannot do.
- Tip #1:
Taken internally, colloidal silver strengthens the immune system, which in turn helps decrease or eliminate seasonal allergies. Colloidal silver also helps to prevent infections that can result from allergies. When an allergy results in chest congestion or a respiratory infection, nebulizing with colloidal silver can be extremely effective. It eliminates respiratory infections, even serious ones such as pneumonia.
- Tip #2:
Adding lobelia extract will relax the airways in order to facilitate breathing, and adding mullein extract will help to expectorate congestion. The recipe is 5 parts colloidal silver to one part lobelia extract and one part mullein extract. Drinking mullein tea will also help to expectorate congestion.
- Tip #3:
Taking one tablespoon daily of local raw honey helps to prevent seasonal allergies. Local raw honey contains the local pollen spores that cause seasonal allergies. Taking one tablespoon daily accustoms the body to these spores and decreases the chance of the hypersensitive immune system reaction when these spores are introduced to the body. However for it to be effective, a person must start this regimen a few months before the onset of allergy season.
- Tip #4:
- Butterbur is used to treat inflammation and allergies. A word of caution though: individuals allergic to ragweed should not take butterbur.
- Tip #5:
Other effective supplements include quercetin and stinging nettle.
Additional tips to help stave off allergies
- Tip #6: Stay in an air-conditioned room, making sure that the filters are replaced regularly.
- Tip #7: Avoid using window fans to cool rooms because they can pull pollen in from outdoors.
- Tip #8: When driving, keep all windows rolled up and if necessary use the air conditioner.
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