5 Allergy Home Remedies that Really Work

peppermint is better than benadryl

peppermint is better than benadryl

If you have read any of my other posts, then you know that I am not a fan of allergy medications. I firmly believe that they cause more harm than good. There are a variety of allergy home remedies that work including some that I’m sure I’ve never tried. That said, here are the 5 allergy home remedies that I’ve found to work the best.

1. Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. You put 2-3 drops in a 4 oz. glass of water and drink it 2-3 times per day or more if you are having bad allergies. You need to be careful though because you can’t use just any essential oils. They must be therapeutic grade and be pure enough to take internally which is not the case with all brands.

2. Local Honey- Eat 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times per day. You can get it from a farmer’s market or from another local store you just need to be sure it is from a local farm. You can try non-local honey but it probably won’t work as well.

3. Using a neti-pot. This is especially helpful if you have sinus allergies and are prone to develop sinus infections. However, you do need to be careful.

4. Not eating wheat and corn during allergy season. Even if you can eat them during the rest of the year, it’s best to avoid them during the main allergy season. This is because wheat and corn are proven to increase and worsen hay fever and seasonal allergies.

5. Using a diffuser and or a humifider at night while you sleep. These can really help a lot. I also recommend adding either some lavender, or peppermint or breathe blend of essential oils.

What allergy home remedies have you used?

How to Clear Up an Allergic Reaction

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Having an allergic reaction is never fun and it can be a big hassle. However, it can be relatively easy to clear up once you know what is causing it or how you got the allergic reaction.

1. If you don’t already have a good idea of everything that you are allergic to, you should find out as soon as possible. I went to the doctor’s for an ALCAT comprehensive allergies test this week and I’ll be blogging about my experience after I get the results. This is really important, you can guess and you can get some good ideas about what you are allergic to based on experience but unless you actually know, clearing up an allergic reaction can be harder than it needs to be.

2. Do a basic cleanse. There are several ways to do it but the most basic way and the one I use is I drink 5 glasses of water for a couple of days with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. I also do not eat any flours or starches or sugar for at least a week. This includes products that are gluten free.

3. Use lavender or melaleuca essential oil to clear up the rash. Rub a few drops on the rash every couple of hours.

4. Avoid using any lotions, perfumes or soaps until at least the rash has cleared up. Even if you did not get the allergic reaction from any of these products, stopping usage of them can help you to clear it up.

What else do you do to clear up an allergic reaction?

The Great Over the Counter Allergy Medicine Hoax

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If you have had allergies for any length of time, then you are probably aware of the fact that there are litteraly dozens of over the counter allergy medications available for easy purchase by anyone and everyone.
In fact, there are even generic versions of just about every kind of prescription allergy drug available as well. Back when I was using over the counter allergy medications, I remember finding it really hard to figure out which one to use.
Doctors have their favorites, there are some that are farily expensive, and some that are quite cheap. Furthermore, if you read the ingredients that are in them, you will find a bunch of words you can’t pronounce as well as several ingredients
that seem to belong in a chemistry lab rather than inside your body. During the years I struggled to manage and control my allergies, I probably tried just about every one of these.
What kind of results did I get? Well it depended on the drug. Claritin worked the best but was super expensive, made me tired a lot of the time and didn’t work all of the time.
Allegra gave me nothing but migraines, and most of the other cheap drugs, either didn’t work or might have had some effect but made me so tired they weren’t worth it. I also noticed that over time I had an increase back pain, neck pain, headaches, stomach aches and heartburn.
In short, I decided that they aren’t worth it and really are nothing but a big hoax and a way for drug companies to profit from people’s suffering.
Furthermore, I found that with changes to diet, taking the allergy combo of lemon, lavender and peppermint oil and local honey have helped me a lot more than any of these over the counter allergy drugs ever did.

So what about you? Do you currently take, or have you taken over the counter allergy drugs?

Did they work? What side effects did you notice?

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders

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This is one of the best books I’ve read on all four of the A disorders. Written by a medical doctor, this book shares stories of many of the children he has helped heal from allergies, asthma, autism and ADHD. He also talks about many of the reasons why these disorders have skyrocketed in recent years and offers advice about how to help your child or adults to heal as well as how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

The end of the book includes lists of resources as well as several useful appendixes. One of these which is particularly useful is a recommended adjusted vaccine schedule that offers advice on how to safely vaccinate your children. I’ve read other books that had similar advice but this one is the most detailed and the most common sense approach I’ve read. The main ideas are that you want to avoid giving your child more than one vaccine at the same time, double check to make sure that their is no thermasol in the vaccine, never vaccinate a child who is sick or who has been sick within a week prior to the shots, and give your child some recommended supplements and vitamins before and after. He also does not recommend the Hepatitus vaccine for babies unless the mother has it. Instead you wait until the child is 3-4 or getting ready to start preschool.

Throughout the book are recommended diets, recipes and tips for sticking with the diet, suggestions for natural remedies and other tips to help you heal your child without the side effects of drugs.

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10 Allergy Facts You Need to Know

1. Allergies are not a simple or easy to solve problem. In fact, unless your allergies are minor, you will probably need professional help to control and manage your allergies.

2. Two different people can be allergic to the same thing and have different reactions.

3. Seasonal allergies and food allergies can be connected. In fact, if you are having seasonal allergies, then you are probably also allergic to one or more foods as well. For example, corn increases my seasonal allergies and so I have to avoid it during allergy season, however, during the winter I can eat it and be just fine.

4. Chemicals in many common bath and body and cleaning products increase the severity of allergies in many people.

5. It is possible for children to outgrow certain kinds of food or other allergies.

6. It is possible to become allergic to something later in life when you weren’t allergic to it before.

7. Sometimes you can reduce or even eliminate an allergic reaction to a certain food by doing a candida cleanse and by avoiding that food for a few months. You may not have to avoid a food forever just because you had had allergic reactions to it.

8. Over the counter allergy medications are the worst way to manage your allergies and can cause nasty side effects including back pain, headaches, acne, and fatigue.

9. Allergies are serious and should be taken seriously.

10. It is a good idea for many people to get allergy testing to find out exactly what they are allergic to before treatment.

How Probiotics Can Help With Allergies

Have you heard about probiotics and wondered how they can help with allergies? So have I. Here is a great explanation on this topic.

10 Commandments of Living Allergy Free

1. Be committed. It’s not easy to live allergy free. You must be committed to making it happen.

2. Plan ahead. This is the number one reason I relapse and eat things I know I am allergic to and end up having allergic reactions.

3. Be open minded and willing to try new things.

4. Create an allergy free menu with your favorite allergy free foods and keep your cupboards and fridge stocked with them.

5. Recognize when you need professional help and get it.

6. Create an in home environment that allows you to live allergy free. This includes using allergen free bedding, having a diffuser and or a humidifier, and taking the other steps necessary to have an allergy free home.

7. Take the time to experiment and know that you won’t be allergy free overnight.

8. Get support from others who also have allergies.

9. Use natural allergy remedies. Traditional allergy medication is not good for you and will not work long term.

10. Take small steps toward being allergy free. One step at a time.

10 Allergy Free Treats

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Find treats that are allergy free that you an eat when you have allergies can be hard. It also of course depends on what kind of allergies you have. Here are some ideas to help you:

1. A bowl of strawberries and pineapple. Not only is this good for you but the sweetness can satisfy almost any sweet tooth.

2. A rice cake with peanut butter. As long as you are not allergic to peanuts, this is a great treat.

3. A frozen banana. Freezing bananas makes them taste extra good.

4. Frozen strawberries with vanilla Greek yogurt.

5. Blueberries with whipped cream.

6. Orange juice blended with bananas in a blender.

7. Baked apples with honey and raisins.

8. Greek yogurt with bananas.

9. Nutella with any kind of fruit.

10. Raspberries with whipped cream.

10 Great Youtube Channels for Allergy Free Videos

Here are ten great youtube channels that you can subscribe to for great videos to teach you how to live allergy free.

1. Allergy UK

2. Enjoy Life Foods

3. Allergy Free Lifestyle

4. Simply Gluten Free

5. Allergic Girl

6. The Allergy Menu

7. Parent Earth

8. Dara Cooks

9. One Spot Allergy

10. Cafe Holistic

10 Great Facebook Pages for Learning about Allergies

Here are 10 great pages for learning about allergies and how to live allergy free.

1. Amazing Allergist Page for a great allergy doctor. He post all kinds of great information.

2. Kids with Food Allergies Foundation A great page for learning about kids and food allergies.

3. Allergies Everyday Learn about the most popular allergens and how to deal with them.

4. Your Allergy Free Life
My page. I know I couldn’t resist including my own.

5. Allergic Living Facebook page for a great magazine on living with allergies.

6. Sure Foods Living Great page on food allergies and living gluten free.

7. Everyday Health Great page for advice and tips on living healthy.

8. Food Allergies on a Budget Living with food allergies can be expensive. Get help from this fan page.

9. Eating with Food Allergies Get tips on eating with food allergies.

10. I Hate Allergies Community Page on living with allergies.