Natural Remedies:4 Ways to Combat Allergies Without Meds

Walking around with tissue glued to your hand and doped up on allergy meds is not cute. However, many of us suffer from allergies. Living in the south where it literally rains pollen can be detrimental to your sinuses. Trust me. I know. In the past year, I've been trying to deprogram my past mode of thinking where I thought a pill could fix everything. Now, I haven't dismissed modern meds all together, but I am less dependent on them. Enter some quick and easy allergy remedies.

1. Nette Pot

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Very similar in shape to a tea kettle, nette pots are used to clean your nose of mucous build up so you can breathe easier. This ancient Hindu practice of nasal irrigation works by you first blowing your nose, then tilting your head, and pouring lukewarm saline water into your nose. Your mouth must be open so you can breathe. The water fills your sinus cavity then flushes our everything. My nette pot looked like the one above, but they have been given a modern design over the years.  Below is an older, yet informative video on the use and benefits of the nette pot.

You can find them in the pharmacy aisle at your local store or any natural health and wellness shop.

2. Saline Spray

If pouring a stream of salt water into your nose isn't your thing, simply try a saline spray. Notice the common denominator is saline. It is great at breaking down that thick mucous build up. Use as directed. This product can also be found in the pharmacy aisle at your local store.

3. Hot Steam with Essential Oils

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Boiling water with a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, or any other mint oils can break down that build up and leave you breathing easier. You also get a facial too, so it is  two for one!

4. Use Local Honey

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There is a running theory that incorporating local honey into your diet can build up your immune system and mitigate your allergy symptoms. While pollen also comes from trees, grass, and weeds, when you are desperate you will try anything.  Most local honey brands are in the natural section of your local supermarket, Be sure to read the label.

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