Ah, spring is finally here, the fresh air, the sun… But not all of us get to enjoy it. Thanks to a little something called seasonal allergies. To understand why this is happening to you, it’s important to understand some facts.
- Allergies are a common reaction that is amplified by your immune system to combat usually harmless substances
- This response to certain substances can take a long time to develop. Hence, some people get it at random points in their life.
- You may also inherit the tendency for allergic reactions
But don’t worry, here are some natural solutions to help make your allergies a little better.
1. Saline Nasal Spray
There’s nothing more annoying than a stuffed up nose. Especially during allergy season. The saline nasal spray may help with your upper respiratory allergies by clearing your nose of any irritants that are stuck there. It may also wash away some of the inflammatory cells. Always use non-medicated nasal spray with ocean salt. Ocean Saline Nasal Spray is a good choice.
If you want a do-it-yourself solution for your nose, there’s a simple solution. Take some lukewarm water, preferably filtered. Add a teaspoon or two of sea salt. You can taste it so it’s not too salty. Then sniff a bit of the solution the first nostril, allowing it to slowly run back out through nose or mouth. Do the same for the second nostril. Repeat as needed.
2. Stay Clean
During allergy season, you may get all kinds of irritants on your clothes, body and face. It’s important to stay clean. Taking a warm shower may help you sleep better at night. For a added comfort bonus, wash your pillow case, and try using an organic pillow case instead.
3. Be Wary of the Air
Air that’s polluted can make your allergy symptoms much worse. If you have noticed air pollution does this, try to spend less time outdoors when the air is smoggy. The fresh breeze through your window may feel great at first, but may also invite allergens into your home. Also, avoid tobacco smoke as it’s a known factor of aggravating respiratory allergies.
4. Wear Sunglasses
When it’s windy outside, sunglasses may shield your eyes from airborne substances that may cause allergies.
5. Inhale Some Steam
Many people are unaware of this method, but it’s a great way to clear our your nasal and airway passages. Simple take a saucepan or pot, boil the water and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Put a towel over your head and the pot and inhale the steam deeply for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure the steam is not too hot. For added benefits you can add in a few drops of rosemary essential oil, tea tree essential oil or myrtle essential oil. Or add them all together.
6. Probiotics & Local Honey
Not necessarily taken together, but it’s a great combination to boost and to balance your immune system. Probiotics are known as the good bacteria. They help promote a healthy immune system and keep it balanced. The local honey on the other hand is usually produced by bees within your region or country, who eat the the polen. So by eating the honey, you may be getting a mini anti-allergy shot. While this honey therapy is not supported by science, some have reported that it works for them. But both probiotics and honey have countless of other benefits, so there’s no harm in taking them.
7. Get a Massage
A massage is not only great for relaxation but your allergies as well. It can stimulate your body and calm an over reactive immune system. A massage can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, while also reducing your stress levels. Reducing your stress levels can improve your allergies as well. If you are by yourself, you can also try other stress reducing activities such as meditation.