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Natural, Home Allergy Remedies That Actually Work

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If you have allergies, you know how bad this year is already. And not everyone is comfortable taking drugs to ease the symptoms.

If you're one of them, there are some reliable natural and home remedies that may do the trick.

"I was all swollen in here, eyes watering, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, stopped up nose all at the same time," said Belton resident Charlotte Sanders.

She takes medications, but at the Medicine Shoppe in Belton, where we spoke to her, they have natural remedies alongside the normal drugs.

"Natural products work very well," said Harriet Monsell, a pharmacist there. "The problem with them is they don't work as fast."

Things like the herb echinacea will help boost your immune system, but "you don't take it for the symptoms," Monsell cautioned.

Then there are the ones that do treat symptoms.

"Something like nettle root works real well for pretty much everybody," she said.

There's also a host of non-pill natural options -- saline nasal sprays, for instance.

"That goes to moisturize your nasal passageways and helps the body flush the pollen," said Toby Young, another pharmacist and Monsell's husband.

Now let's turn to your pantry: chicken noodle soup, tea, honey -- all classics. But do they work?

Let's start with soup.

It's got salt in it, which helps wash away the pollen like the sprays. Plus, the steam helps moisturize your nose and throat, and also helps flush out the allergens making you feel sick.

"The less time [pollen] spends there," Young said, "the better off you are."

Tea does basically the same thing.

And if you try honey, make sure it's local honey. It has some of the local allergens in it, so your body can get used to them.

You can even chew some cedar berries or steep them into a tea (in small doses) for the same effect.

But Charlotte's going to stick to actual meds.

"Been considering going to my pharmacist," she said, "getting the allergy shot."

Another tip, avoid dairy as much as possible. That'll produce a lot of phlegm and make you feel worse.

And really, pharmacists say it's all about what works for you. 

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