Home Remedies for Spring Allergies
Finally, spring has arrived. The flowers are blooming, birds are singing – and, if you’re like roughly 20 percent of Americans, your eyes are watering, and your nose is running. For those who suffer from allergies the coming of spring can be a strange mixture of apprehension and excitement. Consider some of the following suggestions and give them a try for some allergy relief; it’s possible that slight lifestyle adjustments could help ease some of your allergy symptoms.
Diet – One of the most common dietary solutions is the incorporation of local honey into your daily diet. While studies have not proven this to be a direct benefit, many people testify that it helps acclimate your body to local allergens. Being a sweet remedy, there isn’t much to lose in giving this suggestion a try! Foods with some spice to them, such as wasabi or garlic-flavored dishes, are known for their decongestant and expectorant properties. Finally, as a beverage choice, teas with menthol, such as peppermint, and green teas have ingredients that can also provide allergy relief.
Lifestyle – If you haven’t heard of a Neti pot, the concept may seem strange at first, but many people give credit to the Neti pot for helping clear out their sinuses. The concept is simple: fill the pot with a warm saline mixture, then tilt your head, and pour the mixture in one nostril and out the other. This process has been credited with clearing congestion and providing relief from sinus pain. A related treatment is the use of over-the-counter saline sprays. The benefits of the spray over the Neti pot are portability and clean-up; Neti pots are more involved and can’t be easily used on the go. After spending time outside, whether gardening or catching a local softball game, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends taking a hot shower immediately upon your return home. The reason for this is that showering can remove any lingering allergens that are adhering to your skin, clothes, or hair.
Home – The key to reducing allergens in the home is to consider what is in the home. For those with pets, installing high-quality air filters can help trap the dander, dust, and hair that pets deposit throughout a home. If your house has moisture and possible mildew, portable dehumidifiers can be helpful in reducing the amount of moisture held in the air. Another helpful practice is breathing over a pot of hot steam; adding some drops of essential eucalyptus oil to the water can help loosen your congestion even more.
By putting these ideas into practice, you will hopefully experience some allergy relief. Doctors often recommend making lifestyle adjustments before trying allergy medications; you might be pleasantly surprised with the results!