Garlic is not just an herbal remedy for treating the cold and flu, but it can also be used to help treat allergies naturally.
Summer allergies are flaring this year, pharmaceutical allergy medicines are flying off the shelves, and I know because I went to get a box at my pharmaceutical store and they were all out. This left me with one other choice, which was a home herbal remedy known as garlic.
How Can Garlic Treat Allergies
Garlic unbelievably is an anti histamine super food that has the ability to help relieve and treat allergy symptoms such as difficulty breathing, stuffy noses, sneezing and watery eyes. Garlic is one of the best natural decongestants you can use during allergy season to help relieve sinus pressure as well due to the strong aroma it has. It also helps relieve chest coughing, hives, rashes, itching skin and puffy eyes too. The high amounts of antioxidants and essential healing oils in garlic are what help boost the immune system during allergy flare-ups so it is able to fight off histamine better reducing the severity of your allergy symptoms. This is why garlic is an excellent anti histamine.
What Causes Allergens and How Garlic Can Help
Allergens that cause allergy flare-ups are pet dander, pollen, dust, molds and sometimes foods. Allergens are free radical cells that cause the immune system to go crazy triggering allergy symptoms. The way garlic works to treat allergies is by helping the immune system work normally by attacking the free radical cells known as allergens and removing them completely from the blood stream naturally.
Using Garlic as a Remedy
The best way to use garlic to treat and relieve allergy symptoms naturally is by peeling and chopping up 3 to 5 garlic cloves and mixing them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey until you get a thick syrup with small chunks. Next, you simply scoop the garlic honey syrup into your mouth and swallow it down until it is gone. You repeat this process 3 to 4 times a day until you allergy symptoms are relieved or less server. However, if you do not like consuming raw garlic this way you can take garlic supplements instead 3 times per day or as directed on the back of the supplement bottle.
Side Effects from Garlic
Some of the possible side effects of garlic are gas, nausea, dizziness, upset stomach, diarrhea, headaches and sweating. Sometimes garlic can make you smell like it if you consume too much of it. In rare cases, some people are allergic to garlic. In these cases, garlic should not be used to treat allergies naturally. Before using garlic to relieve your allergy symptoms naturally, it is best to talk to your doctor to make sure it is right for you because garlic can interact with medications such as blood thinners.
More Health Benefits of Garlic
In addition to helping with summer allergies, garlic is also a great food to eat for many other health ailments.
The father of medicine, ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, is the one that first said, “Let food be thy medicine”, and would often prescribe garlic for many ailments.
Garlic is a member of the onion family along with leeks and shallots. Many ancient civilizations have documented the health benefits of garlic including the Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Babylonians, and Chinese. The main healing compound in garlic is allicin.
Garlic contains many nutrients that include manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and Selenium.
Garlic is well known for its immunity building properties that can combat colds and the flu in addition to allergies and hay fever. Garlic can also lower high blood pressure, lower high bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, detoxify the body of heavy metals and other pollutants, and it has been shown that garlic can also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.
More Natural Antihistamines
Other well known antihistamines include herbs that include:
- Stinging nettle, which according to one study found that allergy symptoms were relieved in 58% of participants found their symptoms relieved with the use of freeze-dried nettles, and 69 percent rated it better than the placebo. The study provided 300mg each day during the study.
- Quercetin is an antioxidant and several studies found that quercetin relieved and reduced inflammatory response in the airways.
- Bromelain is found mainly in pineapples, and can be effective in treating respiratory distress and inflammation associated with allergies.
- Vitamin C has also been found to help allergies among other illnesses. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine.
You can find all of these products in food and in supplement form at many health food stores like Lucky Vitamin, Swanson Vitamins, GNC and many other health food stores.