Alleviating Allergies

The easiest way to avoid an allergy attack is to get rid of things in your home that make you sneezy.

  • Vacuum at least once a week to remove allergens from rugs and furniture.
  • Close windows and doors during peak allergy season.
  • Take off your shoes before you go inside.
  • Wash any clothing that might have come into contact with pollen. A quick rinse in the shower beforebedtime, especially after being outdoors all day, will help keep pollen out of your bed.

Green tea is a natural antihistamine. Sip two cups a day, about 2 weeks before allergy season starts, to help avoid congestion.

Licorice root is another good choice, because it raises your body’s level of naturally produced steroids. It may also help loosen mucus, so you’ll breathe easier and cough less, but more studies are needed to prove this.

Always be sure to check with your doctor before you give herbal treatments a go.

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