The sun is shining, the mounds of snow are finally melting, and you’re ready to take on spring and the outdoors. Except you can’t, because every time you step outside you’re subject to another sneezing fit and have to run back inside your air-filtered home. Try a natural approach to seasonal allergies and avoid the foggy head and sleepiness often associated with the over-the-counter meds.
If you’ve spent time and money on various medications and allergy shots that may take years to show any improvement, you’re probably willing to try anything, which is why you should give these natural solutions a try.
Seasonal allergies create cold-like symptoms, like coughing, sneezing, and stuffy nose, in about 50 million people in the United States each year. Allergies, both seasonal and food-related, are hereditary and may start during childhood or later in life. They can also stop at any point.
If you suffer from annoying seasonal allergies, there are a few non-medicinal ways to lessen the severity of your symptoms, starting with your diet. Avoid allergy trigger foods like tomatoes, which contain histamines.
Instead of a morning jog or walk, try working out at dusk, when there is less pollen floating around. Because allergy symptoms are at their worst in the morning, try taking your allergy meds at night, so they’ll be in your system by the time you wake up.
Don’t bring the outside inside. Change your clothes when you get home; take it a step further and hop in the shower to rinse off any allergens that could have settled on you during the day.
Make sure you have high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters on all appliances, like air purifiers and vacuum cleaners, to protect you in the home.
Say “hello” to spring and “goodbye” to seasonal allergies with a few natural remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for everything from weight loss to acid reflux. According to experts, you can add allergies to that list. Drink 1 teaspoon mixed with about 2 cups of water to help boost your immune system and decrease your seasonal allergies.
Butterbur is an herb that has traditionally been used for headache relief and prevention, but may also help to protect against allergies like hay fever and allergy-related asthma. Butterbur can be found as a plant extract in pill or tea form.