8 Natural Remedies for Spring Allergy Relief
Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 9:47 am
Spring has just started and no matter where you live, it’s just a matter of time before Spring allergies invade our lives. There are so many medications on the market claiming to relieve your allergy symptoms, and although they may do so temporarily, it seems like the side affects aren’t always worth the relief. This Spring, as we try to live a more natural life, try some natural remedies for relieving Spring allergies and congestion. Here are some ideas that may help:
Natural Ways to Relieve Spring Allergies
- Neti Pot: This is a little pot that you can buy at any drugstore which involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution, flushing out allergens and loosening mucus. It certainly looks a bit bizarre, but they are quickly growing in popularity.
- Use a Saline Spray: Visit your local drugstore and buy a cheap saline spray. Saline spray is a fine mist that you spray into your nose that will thin out the congestion. This allows your body to naturally drain your nose and sinus cavities more easily. This can be a bit easier than a Neti Pot if that technique intimidates you a bit.
- Eat Local Honey: Bees collect pollen from local plants in your area and then transfer it to their honey. When you consume the honey, you also consume the pollen which your body will begin to produce an immunity against the pollen.
- Use HEPA Filters, Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers: The filters in these items can trap the allergens and take them out of the air in your home or office. Even portable systems can work to help improve the immediate environment that you may be in during your day or night. They can also help to remove moisture which will slow the growth of mold.
- Showering: Although often temporary, a hot shower can definitely relieve allergies. The steam can help to clear out your nasal passages. The hot water helps to remove allergens on your skin, hair and in your nose and prevent you from spreading them around your home.
- Inhaling Steam: When a shower multiple times a day just isn’t realistic, it can help to get a pot of boiling water and put your head over it with a towel draped over your head. Inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes until you feel some relief. Add a some eucalyptus oil to the water for even more relief.
- Spicy Foods: Eating spicy foods can make you feel like you’re getting some relief although it won’t likely last long. It’s worth a try and may work better for some people more than others.
- Drinking Tea: The steam from tea can certainly relieve allergies, just like we mentioned above. But certain types of tea have also been show to relieve symptoms. Peppermint teas can work as an expectorant to help clear your nose and throat. Green tea has been shown to have antioxidants that slow down allergic reactions.