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Fight Allergies Naturally

Fight Allergies Naturally

Do the signs of spring send you into seclusion? Do fresh flowers force you to flee? Does green grass make you grumble?

Depending on which data you choose to believe, seasonal allergies affect anywhere between 20 and 30 percent of the U.S. population. Those itchy, sneezy, wheezy feelings start in early spring, when the flowers start coming out. Just as the flowers start to fall, the grass begins to release pollen, and the misery continues through late July. Allergy-sufferers then enjoy a small respite until August, when ragweed rears its nasty head.

Here are a few home remedy to help you clear the air:

- Apple cider vinegar — Drinking about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz. glass of water once every day, either all year, or just during allergy season, can help to slow the production of the histamines that create allergic reactions.

- Local honey — Eating honey made by local bees can help alleviates allergy symptoms because it is made from the same plants causing the allergic reaction. Taking in a small amount of the allergen works just like a vaccine, helping your immune system build antibodies against it.

- Lime — Half a lime into a glass of lukewarm water and sweetened with a teaspoon of honey flushes the system of toxins from allergens. Drink this mixture once daily, first thing in the morning.

- Chamomile tea — Recognized throughout the world as a natural antihistamine, one or two daily cups of chamomile tea, sweetened with honey, can provide immunity toward many common allergens.

- Garlic — Another good natural antihistamine is garlic. Incorporating it into meals will not only help fight allergy symptoms, it also adds a flavor boost to many popular dishes.

Learn more about the health benefits of honey.

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