From the birds to the pollen, there are many things that may cause suffering from the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies, which can result in sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, or combination of all three. While pharmaceutical drugs may provide temporary relief, natural methods may prevent allergy symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are five natural ways to protect yourself from seasonal allergies:
A healthy diet will boost your overall immune function. A scientific study done on the island of Crete found that nasal allergies were almost non-existent. The islanders’ diet mainly included olive oil, nuts, fruits, and veggies. The key to an allergy preventing lifestyle is getting enough sleep, eliminating stress, avoiding processed foods, and consuming a healthy whole food diet rich in healthy fats and probiotic-rich fermented foods.
#2: Visit the Lake or Beach
Research suggests that pollen levels are lower around open bodies of water. People who live by and swim in the sea tend to have healthier respiratory systems because seawater mimics the body’s own fluids in the lining of the airways, and doesn’t irritate them. If you live inland, just a few weeks by the seaside during the summer can do wonders for your allergies; plus, it is something the whole family can enjoy.
#3: Go Natural
Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. Because harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and aggravate your symptoms, opt to make natural cleaners with everyday ingredients like distilled white vinegar or baking soda. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens.
#4: Essential Oils
Essential oils have the potential to kill some allergens that cause allergic reactions. Some popular essential oils for allergies include:
Eucalyptus can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing.
Peppermint can help to open stuffed nasal passages and can reduce headaches.
Lavender has natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It can help reduce irritation and relax breathing.
Lemon improves immunity and helps to relieve respiratory issues and inflammation.
Chamomile is a relaxing oil that works to naturally relieve headaches and reduce inflammation.
#5: Rinse With Saline
Spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen. In one study, participants who rinsed their sinuses twice a day for three to six weeks reported less nasal congestion than those who didn’t.