Health & Wellness

Don’t let springtime allergies keep you inside

Courtney Rupertus
About 30% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies. Having to deal with a sneezing, running nose when it’s finally warmed up enough to enjoy the outdoors can feel like a huge pain.

Suffer from springtime allergies yourself? You may find yourself wondering if it’s better to tough it out or take an over-the-counter solution. If you’re not into taking an OTC antihistamine all the time, there are some more natural ways to help remedy your seasonal sniffles.
Try taking a hot shower. This will help open up your nasal passageways to give you relief right away. It’s also good to shower as soon as you come in from outside as pollen, dust, and other outdoor allergens may be on your clothes, skin, and in your hair. To give yourself an extra boost, you can add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to your steamy shower and breath in some relief.
You can also try a saline nasal spray to clear any pollen or dust that might be trapped in your nose and causing you grief.
Support your immune system. Although seasonal allergies may just seem like that annoying cousin that you’re stuck with for life - your immune health can play a huge role in whether you experience allergic reactions to your environment. If your cortisol (your stress hormone) levels are imbalanced, the more likely you are to experience sensitivity. Reducing stress, eating probiotics, getting an acupuncture treatment if possible for you, all help to strengthen your immune system, and in turn, help to alleviate spring allergies.
Hate dealing with mucus from allergies, but don’t want to take a decongestant? Ingesting apple cider vinegar can help break down mucus naturally. It also has many of its own amazing health benefits. Spicy food can also help reduce mucus, so try adding some hot sauce to a bowl of homemade chicken soup or broth for even more relief.
Spring clean your home. There’s a reason why spring-cleaning is what it is, and that’s because mold, mildew, dust, and yuck, even dust mites could be lurking on little-washed fabrics like drapes, carpets, and furniture.
To reduce the indoor allergens that you are exposed to vacuum often, clean ‘wet areas’ like your bathroom and kitchen sink often to keep mold from growing, and launder your bedding at least once a week