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How to Fight Seasonal Allergies with Natural Remedies?

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Spring is exciting. But those suffering from seasonal allergies might find themselves anxiously anticipating all the horrible symptoms that it brings. However, there are a few tips and tricks on how to help our bodies resist this seasonal turmoil better with natural remedies. 

Why is the number of seasonal allergy sufferers increasing?

People have co-lived with pollen for centuries. The last few decades, however, have shown a continuous increase in allergic reactions and sensitivity to pollen. Have you ever wondered why is that? 

Numerous reasons might be contributing. First of all, our not-so-healthy lifestyles. So many of us are suffering from chronic inflammation and accumulation of various toxins in our bodies, which, in turn, facilitate allergic reactions. On top of that, air, water, and soil pollution contribute vastly as well. 

What are the main symptoms?

  • Swollen and itchy eyes
  • Lacrimation
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma
  • Headache and/or brain fog

Unquestionably, the symptoms and their severity highly depend on the individual and the level of exposure to the allergens. Therefore, some of us might experience a few uncomfortable symptoms, while others may become quite ill and need medical care. 

woman wiping runny nose

What can we do to fight seasonal allergies naturally?

  • Keep windows closed and consider installing a good-quality HEPA filter at home. Air filters can help remove allergens from indoor spaces and give you immediate relief.
  • Keep your home clean and dust-free as much as possible to have fewer triggers. In addition, remove shoes and outerwear by the door to avoid introducing allergens to your living spaces. Furthermore, it’s also a good idea to shower after spending time outdoors to remove pollen and other allergens.
  • Use Neti Pot. Ayurvedic nasal rinse with saline water is a fantastic natural therapy for a congested nose. You can learn more about the Neti pot and its usage in my other article by clicking here.
  • Stay hydrated. We need to flush a lot of toxins. Moreover, dehydration tends to worsen symptoms of seasonal allergies. But make sure your water is clean. Avoid plastic bottles. Filter tap water. 
  • Eat foods rich in quercetin, like onions, berries (cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.), apples, leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, etc.), citrus fruits, tomatoes, and grapes. Sip green tea. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine which can help you mitigate allergy symptoms. 
  • Eat clean, whole foods, and prioritise organic. That will help your body fight inflammation and repair damage. Stay clear of processed foods and sugar. Spring is a perfect time for a detox. 
  • Probiotics. They are great for your microbiome and strengthening your immune system. Furthermore, they might help moderate hayfever symptoms. 
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses, a hat, and a mask when outside to block out some of the pollen coming into contact with your eyes, nose and mouth, especially when pollen levels are at their peak. Also avoid touching your face.
  • Try using decongestant essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus in your oil diffuser. That might give you immediate relief. Or try steam inhalation. 
  • Consider Nigella oil. It can aid the body in producing antihistamines naturally. Opt for good quality organic products. Nigella oil can be taken directly as a supplement or added to your water, piece of bread, salad, etc. Half a teaspoon 2 to 3 times daily is considered a sufficient dose. However, it is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Please consult your medical care provider in case you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it might not be the right therapy for you.
  • Minimise and simplify makeup and skincare, and opt for organic soothing products.
medicine bottle withb allergy pills

Final thoughts and safety precautions

In brief, it is better to be safe than sorry. Before trying any new treatment or remedy, it is recommended to consult your healthcare provider. Especially if the symptoms are severe and you suffer from other health issues. Your health is your most precious asset and should be your top priority. Always. 

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