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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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