After a long winter season, springtime is a welcomed relief for most people. But allergy sufferers have another story to tell. The itching and sneezing makes it harder to enjoy the beauty of blooming flowers when it’s their pollen that causes such a strong allergic response. The good news is there are natural ways to relief those irritating symptoms without pumping yourself full of medicines that aren’t doing the trick. Follow these ten tips to relief springtime allergies and finally enjoy what the season has to offer.
- Close your windows: The warm breeze may be nice, but it’s blowing allergens directly into your home or car. Keep the windows closed and remove your shoes when you return home to limit the spread of allergens.
- Install HEPA air filters: High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters trap allergens and dust, preventing them from circulating around your home. While portable air purifiers certainly help to clean your home’s air, the best solution is to install HEPA filters in your air conditioning system.
- Flush your nasal passages: Just like allergens can get trapped in your home, they can also get trapped in your nasal passages. And removing them is the key to symptom relief. Buy a neti pot, nasal syringe or a saline nasal spray and follow the instructions to flush your nasal passages daily.
- Drink hot tea: The heat rising from your mug has a soothing effect on a stuffed nose, but the tea itself can also help relieve your symptoms. Peppermint tea acts as a decongestant and expectorant, which means it can help clear your nose and throat. Green tea contains antioxidants that can inhibit allergic reactions.
- Take natural supplements: While medicines can cause negative side effects, high-quality, all natural supplements can provide much more support. Bromelain and butterbur can reduce inflammation. Spirulina, stinging nettle, eyebright and goldenseal are also known to help relieve allergy symptoms.
- Eat local honey: While there is little scientific evidence to prove the widely recognized theory, many claim that eating locally produced honey can inoculate you against the pollen in your area if you eat a spoonful each day.
- Try spicy foods: Have you ever felt the teary eyed, sinus clearing effects of spreading wasabi onto your sushi? The relief that comes from eating spicy foods may be fleeting, but even a short respite is helpful to many allergy sufferers.
- Harness the power of steam: Whether you prefer setting a vaporizer in the room or hovering over a bowl of boiling water with a towel over your head, breathing in steam helps moisten dry nasal passages and clear out mucus.
- Take a shower: After spending time outdoors, take a hot shower to wash off allergens and other contaminants. The wash, plus the steam, can relieve allergy symptoms and prevent those nasty allergens from spreading around your home.
- Try eucalyptus oil: Adding a drop of eucalyptus essential oil to your vaporizer or the floor of your shower can boost the power of steam inhalation. It helps open up your nasal passages and provides a sensation similar to that of menthol.
What other natural methods of allergy relief work well for you?