Are your eyes itching?

Are your eyes itching?

As I get older it seems like my allergies get worse. Every spring my eyes start itching, nose running and I end up feeling miserable. I thought I would share some home remedies I found here in case you suffer too. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if you have any to share with the community.

 

Red Onion Water

Onions contain a water soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been demonstrated in preliminary studies to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. It is, essentially, nature’s version of an anti-histamine. Quercetin itself has also been shown to inhibit inflammation, as well as act as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier.

You will need…

-1 red onion

-4 cups of water

-Organic, raw, honey to taste

Directions: Thinly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times daily. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like (I personally recommend it.)

Nettle-Peppermint Tea

Nettle has such a negative image, but it’s one of the most incredible herbs you will use once you add it to your repertoire. From relieving arthritis (link), lowering blood pressure, and (of course) helping seasonal allergies, it performs a wide variety of functions thanks to its (find property names.) The peppermint contains a type of flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can help inhibit the activity and secretion of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines, and greatly reduce the dreadful discomfort that comes along them.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon of dried peppermint OR ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint

-1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf OR ¼ cup chopped fresh nettle leaf

-Honey and lemon to taste (optional)

-8 ounces of fresh water

Directions: It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Place the nettle and peppermint in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes, strain; add honey to taste, and drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.

Recipes  from Claire at http://everydayroots.com/allergy-remedies

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