Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. But before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf, try these simple strategies to keep seasonal allergies under control.
Some of the most common substances that people are allergic to (allergens) are pollen, dust, nuts, wood, latex, some metals, eggs, soy, wool, milk, certain seafood, weeds etc.
To make this allergy season a little easier and less sneezier, here are some natural tips for dealing with allergies. While the science to support these measures as cures isn’t always there, the anecdotal evidence that they work is overwhelming. Sometimes a tried and true remedy is exactly what a miserable wheezing kid needs.
Few Healthy Tips for Spring Season
- Jala – Neti – It is a process of cleansing the air passage of the nostrils and the throat by washing them with saline water.
- Take a clean Jala – Neti Pot.
- Put half a teaspoonful of salt in the pot and fill it with lukewarm, disinfected water.
- Stand up, bend yourself slightly to the front, and tilt your head slightly to the right. Insert the nozzle of the pot in the left nostril and let the water flow into the left nostril.
- Reverse this process by tilting your head to the left and letting the water flow from the right to the left nostril.
- It is essential to exhale completely the little bit of water that gets collected in “Agya Chakra” (the mid-point between the two eyebrows). The proper way is to exhale this collected water jerkily, under the guidance of a qualified instructor.
- Take a Hot Shower – The water will wash away pollen from your body, which simply changing your clothes can’t get rid of. The steam will also open up your sinuses to help you breathe better.
- Have Some Peppermint Tea – The essential oil of the tea decongests, complementing peppermint’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cook With Turmeric – The spice contains curcumin that can de-congest, helping reduce allergy symptoms and prevent colds from developing.
- Go Out at Night – If you must spend time outdoors, schedule it for when the sun goes down. Many trees release pollen at the start of the day, so by the time you step out in the evening, pollen levels would have already dropped.
- Change Clothes When You Get Home – Prevent dragging pollen all over your home by changing clothes immediately after coming inside.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – It is an age old remedy that is often suggested for a variety of health conditions. Its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. Mix a teaspoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink this three times a day. This helps relieve acute allergy symptoms and help prevent allergy attacks as well.
- Lukewarm Lime Water – Squeeze half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of honey. Take this first thing in the morning for several months. This not only helps flush out toxins from the body but also acts as an excellent anti-allergic agent.