Allergies: A thing of the past

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

It’s springtime, and bees are buzzing as birds chirp. Some people are happy, planting flowers for insects to pollinate. Others are having picnics in the park to enjoy the warm weather. There seems to be no care in the world; however, a large amount of pollen and dust are in fact, present.
Allergies can cause coughing, sneezing and congestion. There are several unique and natural remedies for allergies. About 12,000 years ago, Native Americans developed ways to cure their allergies. Most of the techniques involved different types of herbs such as: oxeye daisy leaves, sage, cumin, fennel and licorice root. Licorice root is used to make a type of tea that relieves allergies within 15 minutes, and turmeric-based meals are also prepared to relieve allergies. Turmeric is a spice that increases in heat as it cooks, so it can clear the sinuses. Supposedly, Native Americans also believed that cow milk caused allergies and many problems with the stomach. This can be proven true now. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 65 percent of Americans have a milk allergy or are lactose intolerant.
Allergies can be lessened by knowing these remedies:
•Today, one unique remedy to relieve congestion is acupuncture. Acupuncture involves pricking the skin of certain parts of the body with needles. It can clear blood channels by getting rid of any pollen in the blood stream. This should be done by a professional who has a sufficient knowledge of acupuncture, because it can severely damage the body if done wrong.
•A beard may be the best thing to have this allergy season. Growing a beard has been proven to act as a filter, blocking dust and pollen from entering the blood stream. The longer the beard, the better chance you have at blocking allergens.
•Most households have millions of dust particles, as well as mold and pollen. Spring cleaning is important, because it helps get rid of allergens. Vacuuming plays a major part in sucking up all of the dog or cat hair, pollen and dust out of the carpet. Carpet catches 40 percent of dust and dust mites, so it is vital to clean it thoroughly around spring. Clean any curtains, rugs, couches and cloth objects in general, because dust, pollen and mold attach more to them easily. A method to do so would be to use the hose attachment of your vacuum to suck up dust.
•The idea that honey relieves allergies is a myth. Honey does not help with allergies at all. Honey is said to be an immunotherapy – a type of treatment used to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune system to fight pathogens – by many allergy websites, but in 2002, a study run by “Annals of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology,” found that local honey does not desensitize allergies. The pollen we are allergic to is actually airborne and not in the honey we eat, so honey does not act as an immunotherapy.