Allergy relief – you can’t lower the pollen count, but you can help your body deal with symptoms. Survive allergy season naturally with these 10 tips!
It’s that time of year again. The air is warming, flowers are blooming and everything is turning green. And also my car is coated with a thick, yellow dust, my eyes are watering, and I have a hint of a tickle at the back of my nose. Yep, I’m talking about Allergy Season.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
People can experience seasonal allergies in both the spring and the fall. For most, spring, with its blooming flowers and high pollen count, can be the worst. Allergy symptoms can include:
- Stuffy nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Sore throat (from post-nasal drip)
- Itchy skin
Since going vegan, my allergies are much, much better than they used to be. As a child I had to take allergy medicine every day (back when Benadryl and Actifed with prescription meds), and I would have to double up if I was visiting a friend with a pet. Springtime was the worst season of the year, and I would often sequester myself to my bedroom with stacks of books and drawing supplies. Blooming flowers and sprouting trees were always my enemies. Thankfully, without dairy wreaking havoc with my system, things aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be, and I can survive spring relatively unharmed.
Here are some of my tips on how get relief from seasonal allergies without reaching for over the counter allergy medication and dealing with their side effects. (Most of them cause me great anxiety and keep me up at night!)
10 Tips for Natural Allergy Relief
Dairy products such as milk and cheese cause excess mucous in the body. If you’re adding the mucous from dairy to the mucus produced by allergies, you’re in for a rather disgusting phlegm-fest. Cow’s milk is also a common allergen, so if you’re body is already overloaded with something that irritates it, pollen is going to make things worse.
Eat a clean, whole foods diet.
Along the same lines as dealing with dairy, if your body is full of processed foods and chemicals, it’s going to be overtaxed trying to figure out what to do with all of that junk. Adding unavoidable allergens to the mix will just overload your system.
Keep the windows closed.
After a long winter, you probably want to throw open all of the windows when the weather is warm and beautiful, but pollen is sneaky and you don’t want it entering your house through your windows. Keep it outside where it belongs. You especially want to keep the windows closed when your lawn is being mowed. (Assuming you have a lawn, of course.)
Natural supplements such as stinging nettle, quercetin, zinc and buffered vitamin C can help reduce inflammation, boost immunity and minimize allergic reactions.
Wash your hair at night.
Pollen can get trapped in your hair when you go outside, especially if you use styling products. You don’t want to invite pollen into your bed with you, so wash it out before you hit the hay.
Keep your nose clean.
Spice things up.
Spicy foods such as garlic and cayenne pepper have anti-inflammatory properties and can help decrease congestion. Onions and garlic have healing properties as well.
I’m a big fan of Young Living oils, and there are many that can help with allergies. Lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and roman chamomile are all wonderful at relieving allergy symptoms. You can add a few drops to bath water, diffuse in a cold air diffuser, or even add to a carrier oil such as almond or coconut and rub onto your feet, neck and chest.
Raw organic apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar helps reduce inflammation and block the body’s reaction to allergens. Drink a spoonful in a glass of water in the morning before going outside. Make sure you get raw organic vinegar “with the mother,” as it has more benefits than other types.
It may seem antisocial or even torturous after a long, cold winter, but it’s best to stay inside when the pollen count is really high. Check the pollen count online (I get pollen count emails from Pollen.com) and if it seems bad, you can stay home and catch up on that book you wanted to read or that DIY you started months ago.
How do you deal with allergy season?