Allergy season has reared its ugly head – which means runny noses, itchy eyes, and sinus pressure.
So much for sleeping with the window open at night, eh?
And for those of us who suffer from both indoor and outdoor allergies, this can be a miserable time of year.
The good news is, you don’t have to load your body full of prescription drugs and expensive over the counter products that make you drowsy.
Check out our recommended natural ways to beat allergies this spring:
Alternative Medicine and Natural Methods
The most important thing is to find out what works for you.
Some allergy sufferers find relief from acupuncture which is said to reduce inflammatory diseases such as allergic rhinitis.
VeryWell Health reported:
“Acupuncture has also been claimed to influence the various activities of cells in the body, particularly via the transport, breakdown and clearance of “bioactive mediators.” These actions, along with the claimed effect of inhibiting an over-active immune system, are thought to result in anti-inflammatory effects on the body.”
Other people find relief from steam which opens up the sinus cavities and have found relief in an infrared sauna.
Still feeling the pain of allergies?
Dr. Axe recommends taking 1 tablespoon of raw honey daily to help fight allergies (and raw honey can also help boost your immune system too).
Dr. Axe reported:
“The International Archives of Allergy and Immunology published an article in 2011 that tested how pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey affected people with birch pollen allergies. They discovered that patients taking honey “reported a 60 percent lower total symptom score, twice as many asymptomatic days, and 70 percent fewer days with severe symptoms.”
Consider adding a tbsp of raw honey to your tea and see how you feel!
Don’t Neglect the Nose
After going about your normal day, you’re bound to inhale all kinds of allergens. One of the key ways to beat allergies is to make sure you watch the bacteria levels in the mucus of your nose – and work to thin out your mucus so it isn’t dripping down your throat.
If you’re looking for a good spray, I personally use a natural special spray called “SinuClenz” which contains spring water, wild oil of oregano, sea salt, clove bud oil, oil of sage, and oil of bay leaf.
If you’re trying to save some money, WebMD recommends this homemade solution:
“A nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nose and can ease allergy symptoms there. It also can whisk away bacteria and thin mucus and cut down on postnasal drip. Buy a rinse kit or make one using a neti pot or a nasal bulb. Mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Store this in an airtight container. To use, put 1 teaspoon of the mixture into 8 ounces of distilled or boiled then cooled water. Lean over a sink and gently flush one nostril at a time.”
Also, to avoid having your nasal passage dry out, remember to stay hydrated and drink lots of water and hot tea!
Avoid Known Triggers
Freedom Health News recently reported on the household products that could be making you sick.
When fighting allergies this season, make sure to identify products and items that could be making your allergies worse.
Are you allergic to dust?
Then you need to make sure you are keeping your place tidy, and you might even consider wearing a mask while cleaning.
Does mold make you sneeze?
Then you probably should stay out of the dingy basement or old attic.
Keep this in mind while outside too.
Some people have allergic reactions to everything from grass to trees, and everything in between.
By knowing your allergy triggers, you can avoid the starting of the downward spiral.
As much as you may love fresh air, resist the urge to sleep with your windows open. Inhaling pollen and other allergens throughout the night is bound to leave you waking up with a congested head and itchy eyes.
You might also want to consider using an air purifier in your home (I personally use the Dyson Cool Link) and think about adding HEPA filters to your air conditioning system if you haven’t done so already.
Allergy season can be miserable, but by taking these simple steps you can help eliminate the severity of your attacks.
Do you suffer from spring allergies? What is the worst symptom you face?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know how to relieve their allergies using natural methods!