With spring just days away it’s time to consider some natural ways to combat those spring allergies. After being cooped up all winter long, the promise of warmer weather brings us outside to enjoy the sunshine. The warmer weather also brings pollen, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you’ve tried all of the over-the-counter tricks to no avail, give these natural approaches a chance to help fight those allergies for you.
Here’s how to handle those troublesome allergy symptoms and embrace this season’s full-bloom.
Practice an ounce of prevention
Did you know wearing sunglasses helps with lessening your exposure to allergens? The sun is finally shining bright, so you’re likely already tossing those sunglasses in your bag. Make sure you wear them as often as possible to lower the allergens getting into your eyes. I’m sure you’re a hand-washing pro after the year we’ve had, but continue that on into spring as well. Washing those allergens off of your hands before they have the chance to get into your eyes, nose, or mouth will help to bypass some symptoms before they even start.
Try bee pollen
The next time you’re at your whole foods store, grab some bee pollen. When you include bee pollen daily, it can work on desensitizing your immune system. It also gives you amino acids, vitamins, and proteins while helping quell inflammation. You can add this to your morning smoothie, top your avocado toast, or sprinkle it on your porridge and you’ll never notice it’s there.
Spring clean your home
Those allergens can get lodged in the things you use at home every day. From the carpets on your floor to the curtains surrounding the windows, give everything a thorough cleaning to liberate yourself from trapped allergens. Make sure to minimize dust disturbance if you are sensitive while cleaning.
Know the signs of mold
Mold and mildew are prevalent allergens, and they can be hiding in places in your home. Often, it lurks in bathrooms and can be easily removed with a bit of vinegar and baking soda. Molds usually hide in damp areas — behind your refrigerator, under your sink, bathrooms, damp/water damaged flooring or walls, air conditioning vents, etc.
Splurge on manuka honey
Simply adding this to a cup of tea gives you methylglyoxal or MGL, which effectively fights mucus in the nasal tract. By halting it there, you won’t experience the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Plus, manuka honey, like all real honey, is antibacterial though the effects are even more potent.
For some more natural remedies to naturally help combat those spring allergies, check out this post here.
Of course, if you have severe seasonal allergies, you should always check with your health practitioner. These natural tips are meant to help you find natural ways to alleviate the discomfort brought forth by the coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes that allergies can bring. They can be used in conjunction with what your practitioner advises for your unique situation. There are many natural medicine tools that can also help relieve these allergy symptoms, make sure to work with a qualified practitioner (like myself) if you need further symptomatic relief. Finding ways to get the relief you deserve is what matters most so you can have a fantastic spring season and beyond.