A Dozen Natural Ways to Manage Your Allergies

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, hives… over 50 million Americans know the miseries of allergies all too well. If you are one of the afflicted, over-the-counter remediesor prescription drugs and allergy shots may not bring you much relief.

BY: Jo Ann LeQuang

 

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9. Have some honey and bee pollen from local (within a few miles of home) honeybees. Ingesting locally made honey can desensitize one to local pollens, which is especially helpful for those who suffer hay fever. Bee pollen is thought to boost the immune system. Look for raw, unfiltered honey and raw, crude pollen. But be very careful: if you are allergic to bee stings, avoid bee pollen.

10. Try some chamomile tea; it’s an herb that has been used for years to reduce allergies.

11. Get plenty of extra vitamin C which, among many other admirable qualities, is a natural antihistamine (allergy-symptom-fighter). You can take vitamin C as a tablet, but you can also get it in food. Did you know that a cup of high-quality green tea has as much vitamin C as an orange?

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