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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Natural Home Remedies and Cures - Allergies

If at all possible, it is always best to treat yourself with natural home remedies and cures than with prescription drugs and surgeries. More and more doctors are coming around to this concept. Developed "unnatural" medicines just are not as good for the body as natural home remedies and cures.

In talking about the FDA using natural home remedies and minerals, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright said "There's just no money in it. Natural cures can't be patented and marked up a thousand percent. That's why drug manufacturers spend so much time and effort promoting expensive patented medicines instead of educating doctors about the vast universe of safe and proven natural (home) remedies that are all around us. It's all about profit."

Many, many people have allergies either part of the year or year round. Some have seasonal problems with itchy eyes and throat, sneezing and a runny nose and some have perennial allergies from dust, feathers and animal dander. Jamison Starbuck, ND, a naturopathic physician in Missoula, Montana has listed her natural home remedies and cures to fight allergies.

1. "Get more flavonoids. Take 300 milligrams each of supplements containing the flavonoids quercetin and hesperidin 4 times a day during allergy season. Fruits - particularly citrus and berries - are rich in flavonoids. Eat them daily. Organic fresh fruits are best."

2. "Reduce stress. Stress triggers immune dysfunction, weakening the body's ability to defend against irritants. Review what causes stress in your life and take steps to remedy these situations, especially during allergy season."

3. "Take herbs. Adaptogen herbs help the body 'adapt' to stress, generally by supporting adrenal gland health. I recommend astragalus and borage for allergy season. Mix 1/8th teaspoon each of a tincture of astragalus and a tincture of borage in 2 ounces of water and take 15 minutes before or after meals, twice daily throughout allergy season.

4. "Drink tea. To safely relieve allergy symptoms, try flavonoid-rich elderflower tea, which reduces nasal and sinus congestion, fights sneezing and relieves watery eyes. Pour one cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried elderflower blossoms (or an elderflower teabag) and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink hot (add lemon and/or honey, if you like) three times daily until symptoms improve."

Hope this helps someone out there looking for relief. Spring is coming soon. I have year round allergies from dust, mold and my cats. But as I've told my doctor and many others, I can't live without my cats. So I will have to try some of these natural home remedies and cures myself.

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