In this post, I discuss ways we can minimize seasonal allergies as well as ways we can naturally treat the symptoms when they occur.
Many of us suffer from seasonal allergies at some point in the year. Spring tends to bother people with sensitivities to tree pollen, Summer has more grass pollens and Fall has the dreaded ragweed. While sometimes our symptoms are so bad we have to take over-the-counter meds to alleviate them, it's best to avoid that if you can. The OTC meds are sometimes necessary, but they can leave us groggy. Try these natural remedies first.
Preventing / Minimizing Seasonal Allergies
Some of these suggestions might seem like common sense, but even when we know what we should do, we don't do the simple things that could help us out. We get lazy and just go about life as usual and then pop a pill to alleviate the symptoms.
keep your doors and windows closed, especially on windy days. We all love the fresh air, but with the fresh air comes all the pollen that will trigger our allergies. If you want to bring fresh air into the house, do it on a rainy day when air pollen levels are lower.
be sure to clean or change air filters in A/C units and furnaces.
avoid yard work during peak pollen season if possible. If you must, change your clothes and take a shower when you come back inside. (put the clothes right into the wash)
use your neti pot daily, and after being outside. Flushing the sinuses removes the pollen stuck to your mucus membranes.
Treating Seasonal Allergies Naturally
Once you have minimized your exposure, you still may experience symptoms. Try one of the natural remedies below. Not only do these suggestions work for the specific symptoms you are experiencing, they also help to reduce your body's overall reaction to the allergens.
For cough or sore throat - try local raw honey. Just eat it with a spoon or blend it into a hot cup of tea.
For congestion - try peppermint oil. Just smelling the peppermint oil opens the sinuses and relieves congestion.
For itchy eyes - flush your eyes with saline to remove pollen and add moisture.
Green Tea & Nettle Tea - combine them together for a powerful punch. Both have natural antihistamine properties.
Take your vitamin C - eat plenty of citrus fruit and maybe even take a supplement. Vit C reduces histamine levels in the body.
Natural Doesn't Always Work
If you have severe allergies, talk to your doctor. While we like to avoid OTC meds when we can, sometimes issues are too acute and medicine is necessary.
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The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. The information provided should not be considered health advice. You are responsible for consulting a medical professional before trying any new herb or remedy.
Allergic reactions can be serious. If you are struggling to breathe, seek medical attention immediately.