Sniffle season is upon us.
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A heavy-duty antihistamine isn’t the only option for this year’s pollen explosion.
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Here are 6 natural remedies that might help relieve your sniffles, pill-free.
It’s also known as “pestilence wort,” “bog rhubarb,” and “devil's hat.”
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Never heard of it? You’re not alone.
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A 2002 study published in the journal International Immunopharmacology suggests this flowering plant is effective at relieving rhinitis, AKA hay fever.
Specifically frankincense, eucalyptus, and peppermint.
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A 2001 study found peppermint oil effective at relieving allergic rhinitis in rats.
Meanwhile, frankincense and eucalyptus oils both contain compounds known to have anti-inflammatory effects.
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This suggests they may help with reactions linked to seasonal allergies, like swelling and blocked passages.
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This one may seem obvious, but washing out the passageways helps.
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In a review of studies, hay-fever sufferers who irrigated cleared their mucus more effectively and took less medication compared than those who didn’t use nasal irrigation.
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A 2015 systematic review of 23 studies suggests probiotics, particularly Lactobacillus, can decrease nasal symptoms.
Lactobacillus is found in fermented foods, yogurt, and supplements.
Your favorite blue-green algae.
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Two grams of the green powder were actually more effective than Zyrtec in a 2020 controlled trial.
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This one is a maybe.
An idea persists that ingesting honey made from the same local flowers whose pollen plagues you may cure those allergies.
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While some studies on honey have shown impressive outcomes, a 2020 review of studies determined that the evidence is both promising and inconsistent.
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