Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief
Spring is such a wonderful time of year that we all look forward to! But, of course, with it comes a side of sneezing, an itchy throat, and coughing that we definitely DON’T look forward to. Allergy season can be exhausting to fight as well as inconvenient. In this article, we share some ways that can effectively relieve your allergies and help you Get Well Soon.
Honey is such a valuable ingredient and has so many benefits. The powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of it assist in minimizing congestion. Studies have been found that the consumption of local honey reduces seasonal allergies simply due to the fact that it contains a small amount of pollen in it. This actually helps strengthen the immune system.
Normal Saline Nasal Spray
Normal Saline Nasal Spray helps drain sinuses and overall improve allergy symptoms. Normal Saline is essentially saltwater and does not harm your body in any way. The pressure of the nasal spray helps with drainage and can be super beneficial to use if your nose is really dry or irritated from blowing. Avoid using it more than 3-4 times daily as the salt could cause some irritation if applied too much.
Despite it being a very old practice, Acupuncture is still fairly new in Western Medicine. It contains so many benefits like managing migraines, pain, Hay Fever, and digestive issues.
In fact, just recently, studies have shown the benefits of acupuncture for managing allergic symptoms.
Butterbur is a supplement derived from root extract and leaves of a shrub. It has been shown to significantly lower Hay Fever and allergy symptoms.
If you decide to use butterbur for allergy relief, make sure to only use PA-free (pyrrolizidine alkaloids) butterbur rather than raw butterbur. Consuming raw butterbur can increase your risk of liver damage.
This supplement can easily be found at your local vitamin shop!
Neti Pot/ Nasal Rinse
The Neti Pot is commonly known for treating both colds and allergies. Despite the messy process, it can be so effective at promoting drainage as well as relieving sinus pressure and congestion. When using the Neti Pot, always use distilled and sterile water mixed with saline or salt rather than tap water. Using tap water can easily put you at risk for infections and that’s the last thing you want if you’re already sick!
TIP: It’s helpful to try this in the shower the first time to prevent you from spilling water everywhere.
Humidifiers can be SO helpful for allergies! They quickly increase the moisture within your nose, reducing irritation and inflammation. Definitely try it out if you haven’t yet!
Although commonly used for other health problems, some probiotics have actually been found to help reduce allergy symptoms. They improve your immune system and increase the good bacteria.
Probiotics Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria have been found to be super effective when working with allergies.
One specific oil that is known for its effectiveness in relieving allergy symptoms is Eucalyptus. It can easily be put in the diffuser or applied topically with a carrier oil.
Air filters remove the allergens and other pollutants in the air, reducing your exposure to them. Breathing in clean air is super important if wanting to avoid and reduce seasonal allergies. Make sure to change filters every 3 months.
Keep Windows Closed
Open windows allow pollen and all those allergens you’re trying to avoid in your home. As happy as it is letting the fresh air in, try to keep them closed at all costs! Make the home your safe place.