Though there are many over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs made to combat allergies, some people find them to be less than effective for their particular symptoms, or that the potential of side effects is too great to warrant their use. However, there are some natural home remedies that can help to fight facial allergies as well. These remedies have not been tested or approved by the Food and Drug Administration, however, so consult your doctor or dermatologist before starting any new treatment.
Banana and Cucumber
According to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939,” a mixture of banana and cucumber can be made into a facial mask to help reduce redness and inflammation on the face due to allergies 1. To make and use this mixture, combine the fruit of one half banana and a quarter of a peeled cucumber in a blender or food processor and puree for 20 to 30 seconds until completely smooth. Apply a thick layer of the mixture to clean skin and leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes before rinsing and washing with a very gentle cleanser. This treatment can be used as often as necessary as long as it doesn’t cause irritation. Unused or large portions can be kept in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Beet and Carrot Juice
According to Bill Gottlieb, author of "Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies,” fresh beet and carrot juice can be consumed as a daily preventive measure to help keep skin irritation from allergies at bay 2. To make this mixture, combine 1/2 cup fresh, peeled beetroot with three whole carrots and 1/2 cup filtered water in a juicer and blend. Drink the mixture in the morning before eating. This remedy should be used daily, according to Gottlieb, in order to prevent allergic reaction. Larger portions of this mixture can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
Aloe Vera, Cod Liver Oil and Chamomile
According to Ann Worwood, author of "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” a mixture of aloe vera gel, cod liver oil and chamomile essential oil can be applied to the skin to help get rid of redness and allergy related rashes and irritations 3. To make this mixture, combine 1 tsp. aloe vera gel, 2 tsp. cod liver oil and 1/4 tsp. chamomile essential oil in a small container or bowl and stir to combine. Gently massage a thick layer of the mixture onto the affected area and leave it on for 45 minutes before rinsing the skin with cool water. There is no need to wash with soap unless the mixture bothers your skin. Unused portions of this mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for 72 hours if needed.
- "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939"; Jethro Kloss; 2004
- "Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies"; Bill Gottlieb; 2008
- "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy"; Ann Worwood; 1991
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