Ah. The scent of seasons changing. Leaves start to grow, flowers begin to bloom, markets filled with fresh new produce. It’s always a great thing when we experience seasonal transformations.
But while it’s enjoyable to experience these changes, sometimes they bring bad things too. Allergies that make your eyes itchy and watery. Stuffy and runny nose. These are just some of the things one could expect to hit when you welcome a new time of the year.
But before you start to ban seasons from changing (as if that is possible), let’s look at some home remedies that could help you battle these symptoms before it takes your joy away.
1. Spicy Food
Ever wonder why you’re stuffy nose feels better after eating that hot tamale? It’s because the enzymes that gives out the food’s hot flavor is effective in making the mucous in your nose thin. This in turn helps clear out the blocked nasal passages. So if you’re having a hard time with a stuffy nose, just add peppers, garlic and ginger in your food to help you feel better.
2. Nasal Spray with Saline
Purified salt water or saline solution is very effective in rinsing your nasal passages from any allergen or pollens that may have accumulated there. To make your own saline spray, combine a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of natural salt and 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir and transfer to a neti-pot or spray bottle. Your nasal spray is ready to use after.
3. Licorice Root
If you can find a pure licorice root to make into some tea, great. But if you prefer to temper down the taste of this root crop, you can find teas and supplements that contain the product. Licorice is very helpful in thinning mucous that has clogged your nose and inflammation in your throat that causes cough. Just add a slice of lemon on your tea for an added Vitamin C to keep you healthy.
4. Quercetin-Rich Food
Quercetin is found in many vegetables and fruits like apple, broccoli, parsley, tomato, onion and citrus. This antoxidant helps in stopping your body from coming out with histamine that accumulates in the system. Histamine is what causes allergies and allergic reactions.