Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing…it’s not hard to tell that allergy season is upon us. But before you open the medicine cabinet in search of relief, here are some simple, effective, and completely natural ways that you can alleviate your symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has long been renowned for its healing properties. This fermented liquid is said to contain natural antihistamines and immune-boosting properties that aid your body in responding to allergens. To get started, simply drink one teaspoon of ACV mixed with a glass of water each day. Some fans of this remedy also enjoy adding honey to a mug of warm water and apple cider vinegar, which can help in more ways than one…
There is a theory that local honey can help combat allergy symptoms. Since this honey would be made from pollen that bees have transferred from flowers in your area, the theory is that this would help your body adapt to the local pollen (and help relieve your allergy symptoms).
Although this method hasn’t been scientifically proven for allergy treatment, many individuals have reported positive results, so it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
Saline rinses and other forms of nasal irrigation (including the neti pot) have been shown to be effective in alleviating allergy symptoms, as well as other sinus issues. This method works by using saline (salt water) to flush potential irritants (including pollen and other allergens) out of your nasal cavity, thereby providing relief from inflammation and further aggravation.
This method is safe to do every day, just check with your doctor first if you suffer from asthma.
The benefits of a steamy shower are two-fold for allergy sufferers. First off, the steam will temporarily open your nasal passages and loosen mucus, allowing debris to clear and giving your sinuses a much-needed break from congestion and inflammation.
Secondly, taking a shower after spending time outdoors will wash away any pollen that has collected on your skin and hair that could cause further irritation throughout the day (especially if given the chance to rub off on your pillow at night).
HEPA (or High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters work by trapping allergens, including pet dander and dust, thus purifying the air inside your house and alleviating allergy symptoms. Aside from the typical application of using these filters in your heating or AC system, you can also use HEPA filters in your vacuum cleaner to prevent pollen that could have settled on your floor and furniture from being stirred up into the air during the cleaning process.
Some also choose to invest in a portable air purifier that uses HEPA filters and putting it in their bedroom or in a high-traffic area of the house.
No matter which method you choose, you can be sure to thrive through this allergy season and avoid the foggy headedness and drowsiness that over the counter remedies can create.