Allergy season is upon us and unless you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re probably already starting to feel the symptoms. Scratchy throat, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue, and maybe a slight migraine are typically the first allergy signs.
Have you felt any of those symptoms yet?
If you answered yes, then you need to buckle up because that means you’re probably about to experience a horrible summer. With that said, there are some things you can do right now to help combat your allergies this season.
Here are 10 natural ways to make sure allergies don’t completely ruin your summer:
Shower When You Get Home
The first thing you should do when you get home is, take a shower! If you’ve been outside all day that means you’ve been exposed to all the outdoor elements. Tiny little particles are all over your body, and you don’t want to bring those inside your house and onto your couch, chair, and bed. So, wash up! The second you get home from being outside all day, wash away the allergens on your body and put your clothes in the hamper.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used to get rid of allergies for quite some time now. And that’s because it works to relieve sinus infections, sore throats, and it also boosts your metabolism. When people treat their allergies with ACV, they usually drink 3 TBSPs a day; which is actually harder to do than it sounds because the taste is…well, disgusting.
Close Your Door And Windows
It’s springtime and you might like the idea of filling your home with a nice, natural breeze. But if you have allergies, that’s not a very good idea. Especially if the pollen count is high! The last thing you, as an allergy sufferer needs, is pollen inside your home. Shut your windows and turn on your ceiling fan, instead, to get some air.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils (peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon oils) are great to have around for allergy season. Not only do they smell good, but the scents will combat those embarrassing sneezing fits most allergy sufferers have during the day. As someone with horrible allergies, I find myself sneezing whenever I smell anything strong. Breathing in a little eucalyptus oils stops the fit almost immediately.
Turmeric has become very popular. It’s an antioxidant that clears infections and because turmeric is anti-inflammatory with curcumin as its active ingredient, it’ll remove mucus from inside of you and keep your body nice and clear. The best part about turmeric is that you can consume it multiple ways. I once ate an oatmeal turmeric cookie and it was delicious.
Take Advantage Of Nasal Rinses
Nasal rinses clean everything out. They get rid of the mucus from inside your nose and flush out any and all bad bacteria. You can get nasal rinses anywhere or you can make your own. All you have to do is mix 3 teaspoons of salt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and then store in a bag or container. Scoop out 1 teaspoon and mix with one cup of warm bottled or filtered water. Put the mixture into a cup or an object that will be easy to pour into your nose. Then, position yourself over the sink and rinse.
Take Some Fish Oil
Taking fish oil supplements will lower your chances of experiencing any allergies. Those pills will prevent both allergic reactions and sinus infections. But you can’t just take one the morning you have sinus pressure and expect it to work. It won’t. I recommend taking fish oil supplements the month before allergy season starts, so you can make sure they’ve had enough time to really get into your system.
Consume Local Raw Honey
This might sound crazy, but don’t write this idea off. Consuming a tablespoon of local raw honey will do wonders for your health. Raw honey, because it contains bee pollen, will help you build up a tolerance against local pollen, as long as you make sure you’re consuming some every day (not just when allergy season hits). Thankfully, raw honey tastes amazing so it won’t be hard to make this a part of your diet.
Wear A Mask Around Your Face
Have you ever been walking around at the mall or airport and noticed someone wearing a mask around their mouth? I know it looks daunting but odds are, that person isn’t deathly ill or contagious. They’re just protecting themselves from outside elements (aka allergens), which is something you could do too.
Keep Your Home Clean
The best way to prevent allergies is to keep your home clean! Dust, chemicals, and all those other particles that cause allergies to flare up are going to find their way into your home one way or another. It’s unfortunate but you can’t really control that. What you can control is how well, and often, you remove the indoor allergens making you sick. Pick cleaners with natural ingredients, you’ve actually heard of, and clean your home a couple times a week (if not more often during allergy season).