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Health

Three natural ways to relieve allergy symptoms

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Green grass and budding flowers are not only signs that spring is here, but allergy season too.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

The most common eye allergy symptoms include red, swollen or itchy eyes, burning or tearing of the eyes and sensitivity to light. If accompanied by nasal allergies, you may also have a stuffy, itchy nose and sneezing. You can also have a headache, an itchy or sore throat or coughing.

You can’t prevent allergies, but you can get relief from your symptoms. Here are three natural ways to help combat allergies this season:

1. Nettle Tea

Nettle leaf contains carotene, vitamin K and quercetin. Evidence shows that using stinging nettle after the first sign of allergy symptoms can help reduce your symptoms. Use Nettle leaves, not the root, and make a pot of tea or use a French Press.

2. Local Honey

The idea behind honey treating allergies is that when a person eats local honey, they are ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen and thus experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.

3. Essential Oils

Plant-based essential oils provide natural anti-inflammatory benefits as well as natural antihistamine qualities. Use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and place the diluted oil on your chest or sinuses. Or, use a few drops of several oils in a diffuser to create your own blend.

Lavender has natural antihistamine benefits while peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties. Eucalyptus is known to relieve allergies. Lemon also works as a natural antihistamine.

Eucalyptus Citriadora is the only variety of eucalyptus safe to use on children under the age of 10. Peppermint should not be used for children under the age of 6.

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