Olive leaf extract
The Mediterranean diet is world-renowned for its health benefits. It has been positively linked to general health, well-being, and longevity. Olives are an essential part of the Mediterranean diet. Not only are the olives themselves good for you, but the leaves also have many health properties. The compound in olive oil that makes it so healthy is oleuropein. It is also responsible for the distinctive flavor of olives. Olive leaves contain more oleuropein than olive oil does. Oleuropein is a plant compound that fits into the polyphenols’ categories. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. They can detect and destroy free radicals.
Free radicals are dangerous compounds that attack the muscle and tissue cells, damaging them in the process. Olive leaf extract is an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. This means that olive leaf extract can help the body resist infection which could happen during an allergic rhinitis attack. It is also rich in antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Gargling with olive leaf tea is known to ease a sore throat. Olive leaf extract comes in capsule and liquid forms. Many think the liquid is more effective, but the capsules have a more regulated dosage. For the full benefit, capsules should contain 18-25% oleuropein.
Sea salt is an effective homeopathic remedy for allergies. Salt and water are individually effective in the treatment of allergic reactions. Together they create an allergy-busting powerhouse. Salt comes from one of two sources. It is mined from salt deposits on earth. Alternatively, it comes from evaporated sea water. Sea salt is an immune booster. It feeds the adrenal glands which allow the body to recover quickly and prevent illness. The minerals in sea salt are linked to the elimination of increased mucus levels and the easing of nasal passage congestion. Sea salt has alkalizing properties. Higher alkaline levels reduce inflammation in the nose and throat.
When selecting the best sea salt to use in the treatment of allergies, unprocessed and unrefined sea salt is the most effective. Processed, refined sea salt is subject to the loss of many of its essential nutrients. Chemicals are used in the process as well which could cause more irritation to the allergy sufferer. The best way to ingest sea salt for the treatment of allergies is to drink it. Mix half a teaspoon of sea salt with ten glasses of water. Allow the salt to dissolve fully. Drink the solution slowly during the day.
Butterbur comes from a shrub that grows in North America, Asia, and Europe. The name butterbur came about because the large leaves of the plant were used to wrap butter to prevent it from going rancid. There is currently a lot of research into the properties of butterbur and why it can help to alleviate allergies. It seems that butterbur is useful in the treatment of nasal allergies such as allergic rhinitis and hay fever. In one study, taking butterbur reduced the number of histamines in the body. Higher levels of histamines cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction and prolong it.
Butterbur is a leukotriene inhibitor. When your body is exposed to an allergen, it releases leukotriene. This substance is inflammatory and causes swelling and pain. By blocking the release of leukotriene, butterbur prevents an allergic reaction or makes it far less severe. Butterbur capsules can be useful in the fight against allergies. Unlike many other natural remedies, processed butterbur is better than unprocessed butterbur. Unprocessed butterbur contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which could cause liver damage. Check that a butterbur product is labeled PA-free. Follow the recommended dose for no longer than 12-16 weeks. The effects of long-term use are not yet apparent.
Measures against mold
Mold is a common allergen. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere. When mold is touched or dislodged, it releases spores into the air. The inhalation of these spores can cause allergic reactions. The symptoms of a mold allergy are similar to other allergic reactions. Signs include sneezing, itching skin and eyes, congestion, and a runny nose. Your skin will also become very dry and scaly. Outdoor mold cannot be avoided. Allergic reactions to outdoor mold tend to be seasonal. The best you can do is be careful about how much time you spend outside when mold counts are high. A dust mask is helpful when doing garden work which might dislodge mold spores.
Indoor mold causes year-round allergic responses. In serious cases, a mold allergy can lead to allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis which has symptoms much like asthma. Mold thrives in moist conditions. A careful inspection of your home can identify areas where mold forms. Mold growth is discouraged if you reduce the indoor humidity of your home. Use an exhaust fan or open a window every time you are introducing moisture into the air. This includes bathing, showering, and washing dishes. You should clean areas where mold is evident aggressively.