Like many I have seasonal allergies and spring time is hell
I am allergic to grass and tree pollen
- Are there any home remedies that actually work ?
- Any way to train body to adapt?
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peppermint contains a type of flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can help inhibit the activity and secretion of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines, and greatly reduce the dreadful discomfort that comes along them.
This study from 2013 showed a improving in allergy symptoms after honey in high doses over 8 weeks: Ingestion of honey improves the symptoms of allergic rhinitis: evidence from a randomized placebo-controlled trial in the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
make sure you are not anaphylactic or severely allergic to bees, or so allergic to pollen that you experience anaphylaxis.
2011 study about Birch Pollen Honey between November and March helped reduce 60% of allergy symptoms.
Citrus is suppose to help due to the fact that it nourished your immune system. But due to this ncbi article, it does not appear to be that effective.
Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of T-helper-2 cell cytokines and Muc5b expression in a murine model of asthma. Consequently, Lvn may be useful as an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma.
healthyfocus.org also lists some other oils that may help, such as eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint.
healthline.com supports research for onions helping relieve some allergy symptoms.
There's no science to support it as far as I can find, but there are many people who swear by it. (I know several personally.) Considering that's its harmless, cheap and tasty, it's probably worth a try.
Anything high in sulfur compounds (brassicas and alliums, particularly garlic, mustard, and horseradish) or high in vitamin C can help boost the immune system, although I can't tell you off-hand about the technicalities of why they help in the case of an over-active immune system when it comes to allergies, but from personal experience in improving my own hayfever symptoms it works.
As for adaptation, there has been a lot of recent experimental interest in the role that particular intestinal flora can play in allergies (among other things). So a diverse, balanced, diet high in unprocessed fibre could help.
And sometimes avoidance can be a good remedy. You can usually find pollen forecasts (dry windy days are the bad days). So maybe don't plan a picnic on those days, or mowing the lawns using a dust-mask and goggles (although the payoff there is that you overheat much more quickly!)