If you have allergies, you don't have to rely only on pills and nose sprays. Sometimes natural remedies can replace -- or go hand in hand with -- more traditional treatments. Here are some you may want to try the next time you have a flare.
Nasal irrigation-- Flushing out your sinuses with a neti pot or nasal washes may help break up thick mucus and ease swelling. Follow directions and keep your equipment clean. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of boiled, then cooled water.
Try these tips for allergy relief when you’re on vacation or traveling on business.
Travel Insurance: Check pollen counts at your destination. Pack your own hypoallergenic pillow cover and allergy medicine in a carry-on bag.
No Venting: On road trips, keep the air vent closed. You'll breathe recirculated air, not pollen or pollution.
Smart Car: Take a vacuum to your car. Pollen and dust mites can easily cling to clothing, bringing more allergens into your home.
Quercetin -- Some experts believe that this natural chemical acts like an antihistamine. It keeps histamine -- a chemical in the body that causes many allergy symptoms -- under control. Quercetin can be found in teas, onions, red wine, and apples. It’s also available in supplement form..
Butterbur-- Some studies have shown butterbur -- specifically an extract called Ze 399 -- to be at least as effective as antihistamines for relieving things like runny nose and congestion.