It’s officially spring and so it’s officially allergy season too. For those of us who suffer, it’s just no fun at all. And it’s even worse for our little ones. Here are some of the ways we like to combat and fight this nasty part of one of favorite seasons.
- Eat local honey produced by bees in your area, this will eventually get your body used to the pollen in the community you live.
- Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint is an essential oil that acts like a decongestant and is anti-inflammatory. To help with stuffy noses, you can even inhale the steam created by a few drops of the oil in boiling water.
- Take probiotics and make sure your kids do too. Apparently, good bacteria provides relief. There is research that suggests probiotics can alter the body’s immune response to grass pollen, a common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever.
- Load up on antioxidants. Medical studies have concluded that those powerful chemicals, antioxidants, which are found in many fruits like berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea can help battle inflammation inside your body, a critical factor in controlling allergies.
- Boil ajwain seeds in a pot. Once boiled, place your head over the steam with a towel wrapped around your head to trap the steam and breath. This little Indian trick does wonders for decongestion.
Allergies flare when your body recognizes certain substances, such as pollen, (or even mold or pet dander), and triggers an immune response to protect itself. By using a Neti Pot to flush out your sinuses, you remove the substances that are causing the unwanted response. Like inhaled pollen, for example, sits on the inner lining of the nose, (your nasal mucosa). When the pollen breaks down, it comes into contact with mast cells, which are part of the immune system. This contact causes the release of histamine, which in turn triggers nasal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. By flushing out that pollen, or other allergens, before it causes problems can help!
Have you air ducts and dryer ducts cleaned out yearly (or more if necessary) to avoid build up in your vents. When your air is turned on, it blows out the build up and that can cause allergies for your entire household
Make sure to clean your vacuum cleaner filters and holder. This has a lot of dust build up too and if not cleaned frequently, you’re just blowing the dust back out when you vacuum.
- If you have runny, itchy eyes during the allergy season, this is a great eye drop for instant relief.