Allergies can be a real hassle, and they can negatively impact your everyday life. There are many types of prescription and over the counter treatments for seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. While allergies are almost never life threatening, they can sap your strength. This could be dangerous in a SHTF situation where you need physical prowess and mental clarity, and access to commercial allergy treatments is out of the question. Get a jump on learning how to treat your seasonal allergies naturally (these are medically proven remedies) this spring so you’re prepared.
Eat a teaspoon of raw honey from local bees every day. While this remedy isn’t one with a bunch of studies to back it up, many people swear by the immune building effects of local honey. The intention is that your immune system will learn to recognize the allergens in the area as not harmful, and this delicious remedy probably won’t do much harm.
Vitamin CChances are, you’ve heard that vitamin C is great for your immune system, and that’s definitely true. Vitamin C is thought to be a natural antihistamine, and it may actually damage the structure of the histamines that cause allergy symptoms. People who are very active may benefit even more from a hearty dose of vitamin C and it’s available in plant matter everywhere, so this remedy is ideal for natural allergy treatment for preppers and survivalists. It can be found in many fruits and veggies such as berries, broccoli, and citrus fruits.
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Apple Cider VinegarCure-all that it is, it’s no shock to see ACV on this list. Apple cider vinegar containing ‘The Mother’ may reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. The living enzymes and other compounds in the vinegar are thought to actually fight off infection and boost immunity. Simply drink a couple teaspoons of raw, unfiltered ACV per day to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.
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Studies have shown that butterbur, a marsh plant that is named for its historical use in keeping butter fresh, may help suppress immune reactions like those that cause seasonal allergies. While clinical trials have been conducted using butterbur extract in capsule form, creating your own butterbur remedy at home isn’t a pipe dream. Make an herbal tea by soaking the plant’s roots in room temperature water for half a day, boiling for about five minutes, then straining. Take up to three times per day in order to keep allergy symptoms at bay all day long.
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If you’ve ever had a run-in with this uncomfortably prickly herb, you may be wondering why anyone would ever want to swallow it in any form. However, studies have shown that nettle may help treat allergies by acting as a histamine reducer and an anti-inflammatory. An herbal tea made of the dried leaves and stems of one of the many varieties of nettle can be used twice a day for the relief of seasonal allergy symptoms. Just be careful not to touch the plant with your bare skin! Chemicals on the microscopic hairs on the plant can cause a nasty rash.
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Peppermint is another herb that can be dried and brewed into a tea for the treatment of allergies. Peppermint tea may help soothe the scratchy throat that oftentimes comes along with allergies, and it can help clear up nasal congestion, too. Mint is easy to find and grow, and making tea from it is very simple. Just pour one cup of boiling water over a couple teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves and leaving it to steep for five minutes. Be careful to plant peppermint in an area where it can be contained as it’s very prolific and is known for taking over gardens.
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The flowers from the elder berry bush can also be dried and used in herbal teas for immune support. They contain powerful antioxidants and chlorogenic acids which are thought to help reduce allergic reactions. Be careful to avoid the leaves, stems, and roots of this plant, though. They contain dangerous compounds which can build up in the body and cause cyanide toxicity.
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The compound known as quercetin may help treat allergies naturally. It is a type of antioxidant called a flavonoid. Preliminary tests show that the compound helps stop immune cells from releasing the histamines that cause allergic reaction. This special antioxidant can be found in red onions, apples, citrus fruits, parsley, tea leaves, sage, and many types of berries. Eating lots of bright fruits and vegetables will net you plenty of quercetin.
Evidence has shown that what goes on in your digestive tract is incredibly important to your overall health. Probiotics are often used to improve gut health, and studies have shown that the use of probiotics can provide an immune boost, as well. The intention of probiotics is that good bacteria introduced into the system help to crowd out bad bacteria. Probiotic supplements are a booming business these days, but you don’t necessarily need a pharmacy to get your hands on these good bacteria. Lacto-fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt contain plenty of probiotics. Work on incorporating them into your diet every day to reap the allergy fighting rewards.
Saline Nasal Rinse
Physically rinsing the mold and pollen that cause allergy symptoms out of your nose is another way to treat allergies naturally. You can do this by using either an over the counter nasal spray or a reusable apparatus intended for sinus rinsing. You mix up a saline solution from the provided salt and water, angle your head just right, and pour the rinse up one nostril, through the sinus cavity, and out the other nostril. A word of warning: using clean water in a sinus rinse pot is crucial. Using unclean water can lead to life-threatening infection, so this may not be the most practical remedy in a survival scenario.
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One of the best ways to improve allergy symptoms, and overall well-being for that matter, is to eat well. A diet rich in brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and plenty of protein and healthy fats will go a long ways towards keeping your body SHTF ready.
You may notice that some of these remedies overlap. Foods that contain high levels of vitamin C may also contain quercetin, for example. Combining several of these remedies may be the most effective way to naturally treat allergies this spring. A combination of these remedies may also provide you with a viable allergy treatment plan when things get real. Try some of them out, see what works for you, and then figure out a way to incorporate your chosen remedy into your preps.
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Mint is beautiful and looks harmless, but it is VERY aggressively invasive and almost impossible to irradiate. Plant it in a pot and put it on a patio or deck at least 3 feet from any soil! Don’t ever plant it in a corner of your yard or garden thinking you can keep it contained. You’ll regret it forever!
Yes, all mints would love to take over the world, given their druthers! Horseradish, too. They thrive in damp places, but can survive through droughts, too. Two ways I grow them: #1 I have 5 leftover pieces (about 2′ long) of sewer pipe. Set on the ground and 2/3 filled with dirt, the different mints stay separate, and their roots don’t come up in the surrounding area. I used leftover pieces of locust boards placed vertically around the mints to disguise the planting, because the sewer pipe is a noticeable blue. #2 The previous owner planted some spearmint in a corner of the house under the downspout. The soil there is very poor, which allows the mint to grow, but not enthusiastically, and the lawn gets mowed along the edge of the planting occasionally. The mowing seems to keep it all from spreading, and it smells really good when it’s mowed!
Mint can spread if you let it go to seed, but the rare seedlings seem very weak, and are easy to eradicate for two or three years.
Excellent article! Keeping our strength and immune response high is always critical, but it will be even more so in a SHTF situation. Exposure to allergens isn’t just annoying, it lowers our immune response and makes us vulnerable to infections of all sorts.
Three insights into allergies:
1) Albert Szent-Gyorgi, who got a Nobel prize for discovering vitamin C, was most impressed by the fact that he noticed we have 20 times more vitamin C in our adrenal glands than any of the other kinds of cells he investigated.
2) A Canadian researcher, Hans Selye, wrote a book called The Stress of Life, in which he explains that our bodies respond to all stress, whether physical [like exposure to an allergen], mental, or emotional, in the same way.
3) An article in Science News [1998?] reported experimental mice who were bred to be unable to produce vitamin C, being divided into two groups. One group was given massive amounts of vitamin C, equivalent to an average human’s being given 5 grams of ascorbic acid, the other group was given none. Both groups were then subjected to electric shock, autopsied and their adrenal glands examined. The stress hormones in the vitamin C-treated mice returned to normal within minutes, but the non-C-treated mice had stress hormone-related levels still high after 2 hours.
Humans aren’t mice, of course, but a LOT has been researched about vitamin C since 1937, and it is used throughout the body — naturally. While a lot of fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, it is cheap insurance to stockpile tablets. Kept dry, cool, and dark, and unopened, it maintains its potency for years.
the very best anti-hay fever herbal I ever met was ginger. It kills cold germs by drying out the sinuses, and that’s how it prevents allergic reaction to pollen and so on. a quarter teaspoon in a drink and the sinuses will dry out. It lasts about 45 minutes for me. niio