11 Ways to Naturally Manage Seasonal Allergies

by Elara Mosquera, Sureceta.com

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If you’ve had them, you know seasonal allergies are the worst. You are stuck sitting inside with itchy red eyes and a headache along with your trusty seasonal companion- a box of tissues- while everyone else is outside. But the good news is, there are ways to combat seasonal allergies without over the counter medications!

In many areas of North America, spring allergies affect one in four adults in early February and last late into early fall. Grass, pollen, trees, dust mites, mold, animal dandruff, and mold spores are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, and unfortunately, rainy spring and summer seasons mean more pollen and much more sneezing to come.

Allergens are virtually everywhere with prime allergy season upon us. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 11 natural ways to combat seasonal allergies that have been proven to work.

Eat more fruits and veggies!

An apple a day keeps the allergies away? A 2011 study found children who eat a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts have fewer allergy symptoms. Try adding more grapes, apples, tomatoes, and oranges to your child’s diet- they were found to be particularly effective!

Monitor pollen and mold counts

 Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours, but this may vary depending on the weather. When the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge. Weather reports on the radio or television often include this information during allergy seasons, and counts can also be easily found online. Stay inside during peak pollen periods (early mornings) and if possible avoid outdoor exercise activities at these peak times.

Drink more water!

Constant sneezing and nose blowing can make you dehydrated and give you headaches. Getting hydrated is an important and easy way to help combat seasonal allergies.

Allergy proof your living space

Windows closed and shoes off!  Allergy proof your living space by keeping windows and doors shut at home ( and in the car!) in the spring. Wind carries allergens inside and the tiny particles will stick to surfaces. As well, having yourself and guests leave shoes at the door really helps with tracking less allergens into your home.

Shower and change!

Every time you leave your home for work or play, you are being exposed to allergens. These tiny particles will stick to your hair, skin, and clothes, so rinsing off in the shower, changing into a new outfit, and washer-drying clothes instead line-drying clothing outside can really help wash away allergens.

Keep it dry!

Dry is better, especially in your bathroom.  Humidity breads mold, and mold is one of the biggest allergy triggers, according to government health website MedlinePlus. Using a dehumidifier can keep air drier. Be aware of not leaving damp towels in the hamper, running faucets, or moldy shower curtains. Having a fan in your bathroom during a shower or bath can also be helpful.

Make local honey your sweetener of choice.

Routinely ingesting local honey is proven to help with seasonal allergies. A study in 2011 found that consuming local raw honey will help build up your immunity to local pollen. Honey also contains enzymes that support overall immune function. Dr. Mosquera recommends one teaspoon of honey a day in tea, on top of yogurt, fruit, or in a smoothie.

Use a nasal rinse over the sink

 A nasal rinse can help relieve nasal allergy symptoms. You can buy a nasal rinse kit or just making one yourself using a neti pot or bulb. Mix roughly 1/2 teaspoon salt with a pinch of baking soda in 1 cup of warm distilled or sterilized water.

Eucalyptus Oil & Frankincense Oil

 Rub frankincense or eucalyptus behind your ears and/or on your chest several times a day. You can also reap the hypo-allergenic benefits at home or in your office by using an essential oil diffuser.

Wear a mask!

When you do outdoor chores, wear protective masks . If you can’t avoid raking, gardening, or mowing the grass, try to wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask that will block 95% of small pollen particles. These are available at many drugstores and pharmacies. If you can, stay clear of barns, wood piles, hay, and stagnant water.

Stop stressing!

Stress compromises your body’s ability to cope with allergies. Making time for yourself, exercising, and getting more quality sleep can help with the management of your allergies.

What other natural ways have you used to combat seasonal allergies? We've love to hear from you! Leave your comments below.