Colds are caused by different kinds of viruses. When one of these viruses gets into the body, our immune system attacks it. Some of the effects are the symptoms of a cold, such as congestion and coughing. Colds are usually infectious.
Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. When we expose to dust or pollen, our body releases chemicals such as histamine. The effects are swelling in the nasal passages, runny nose, cough, and sneezing. Allergies are not contagious, but some people may inherit a tendency to develop them.
Home Remedies For Allergies:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an age old remedy that is often suggested for a variety of health conditions.It have the ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system affected due to allergies. It is also said to help digestion and aids in weight loss.
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink three times a day. This can help to relieve from acute allergy symptoms.
2. Saline Rinse
Either use a pre-made saline rinse or make your own by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a a glass of boiled distilled water. Pour a little solution carefully through one nostril and let it drain out the other. This will clear out the nostrils from all kinds of allergens and irritants.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid and a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation.Though Quercetin is naturally found in foods like citrus and broccoli, it is very difficult to get the amount needed to relive allergies from food alone. A supplemental dose can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. Not recommended during pregnancy or nursing though some practitioners feel it is safe after the first trimester.
4. Nettle Leaf (Acalypha Indica)
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can be very effective. It grows in many places and can be made in to a tea, but for allergy relief, capsules made from dried nettle leaves are the easiest and most effective option.
To make a tea using nettle leaf, add 1 tsp of dried nettle leaf to 100 ml of boiling water. You may also add a few mint leaves or raspberry leaves to it. Boil for about five minutes on low flame. Strain and enjoy sipping hot.
5. Raw Honey
Consume a teaspoon or more of raw, unprocessed honey. Do this one or more times a day to help relieve symptoms. It is often suggested to start this a month or so before allergy season.
6. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile flowers are antihistamine in nature and serve well in lowering the histamines production in the body. Chamomile tea is a good choice in reducing the allergy symptoms and relieve from running nose, sneezes, sleeplessness etc.
Add one teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to one cup of boiling water, continue boiling the tea for a few minutes. Add a little honey if needed. Drink chamomile tea at least two times a day and particularly before going to bed.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is highly effective in controlling the production of histamine in the body. Drinking a glass of lemonade or orange juice or taking Vitamin-C supplements daily can help in combating the respiratory allergies and avoids them permanently. Your diet should also include vegetables that contain bioflavonoid, which works in the same way as vitamin C.