April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring allergies! For many people, springtime blooms mean a lot of sneezing. Holistic health practices can provide natural ways to help prevent and recover from seasonal allergies. Read on for our holistic health remedies.
Holistic Health and Wellness for Seasonal Allergies
When pollen from flowers, grasses, and trees gets into your nose it can cause a reaction from your immune system. Our bodies think they need to protect us against these unfamiliar particles, and take action by producing histamine. This is a naturally produced chemical in the body that’s meant to help us stay healthy, but it can result in inflammation, coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and more. Our natural healing strategies are below!
This isn’t always possible, of course! But when you can, try to avoid the things that aggravate your symptoms. If you know grass irritates you, try not to come into direct contact with it. If the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors a bit more that day.
Air filters and dehumidifiers
If the air outdoors induces seasonal allergies, try making your home an oasis of pure air! Using air filters and dehumidifiers can help remove the pollen particles from the air that bother you. You may also want to keep your windows and doors closed to preserve the clean air indoors as well.
Changing and washing clothes after spending time outdoors
Allergens can attach to your clothing and continue to bother you even once you’re inside. Changing your clothing and washing them often can help deal with this issue.
Taking a bath or shower
Similarly, allergens can stick to your skin! If you’re experiencing allergies due to pollen, you may want to try showering as soon as possible after being outdoors to rinse the irritants off of your body.
Try a nasal rinse
Giving your nasal passages a rinse can help get pollen out of your system. A saline rinse with a Neti pot, sinus irrigation bulb, or nasal oils can help remove pollen particles.
Regularly clean your home
Dusting and wiping down surfaces can help lessen the effects of allergies, clearing any lingering pollen out of your home!
Acupuncture is sometimes recommended for those who have allergies. Trained acupuncture practitioners place thin needles in places in the body to try to help relieve some symptoms of allergies.
Release energetic imbalances
Trapped Emotions can negatively affect your overall health. Try clearing these underlying issues with The Emotion Code® or The Body Code™, and see if it helps with your allergy symptoms. The Body Code can also help to potentially identify the things that are causing your allergies to flare up so that you can try to avoid them.
Drinking lots of water, juice, tea, and other healthy drinks can help give you some relief from allergy symptoms. Soups and broths can also help. That’s because staying hydrated thins the mucus in your sinuses and can help clear out your nasal passages.
Use essential oils
Essential oils may help with the inflammatory response associated with allergies. Oils that are especially effective are peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense, and tea tree oil. Try adding these essential oils to a diffuser in your home, using with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil, or adding to a bath. Research the oil you choose for recommended amounts and usage!
Try natural and herbal remedies for allergies
There are quite a few herbs and other foods that have been used to help with the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
- Peppermint tea can help relieve symptoms such as scratchy throat and runny nose.
- Licorice root tea is also helpful and may loosen up mucus in the throat.
- Ginger is a natural antihistamine that can help reduce inflammation.
- Lemon balm is another herb that’s great to use in tea to help reduce respiratory issues caused by allergies.
- Try cooking or making tea with turmeric, and enjoy this root’s anti-inflammatory properties.
- Quercetin is found in onions, apples, berries, green and black tea. Some studies have shown that it helps to block histamines, reducing the reaction to pollen.
- Butterbur is a naturally growing shrub. This herb can be used to help with migraines and seasonal allergy symptoms, by reducing inflammation and helping with pain.
- Spirulina, which is found in algae, has been shown to help reduce symptoms in allergic reactions.
- Stinging nettle is an herb that can be used as a natural histamine reducing agent.
- Honey from local bees is also said to help with your allergic reaction when it is consumed over time.
- Probiotics can also be used to reduce allergic reactions. Having healthy gut bacteria has been proven to boost your immune system.
There are many natural ways to help support the health of your body. While these holistic health and wellness remedies can be effective, it’s always a good idea to discuss your symptoms and treatments with a medical professional, especially if your symptoms are severe.
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Good luck enjoying the springtime blooms — hopefully with a little less sneezing!