If you’re like me, all of the blooming flowers, cut grass, and pollen in the air can wreak havoc on the body in the form of seasonal allergies. Itchy eyes that swell and water, sneezing, headache can keep you down when you were hoping to enjoy the nice weather. A lot of people do turn to traditional over the counter or prescription medication to treat their seasonal allergies, but there are also some good natural treatments out there that can help to relieve the symptoms. Here are some all natural remedies for seasonal allergies you might want to try this year.
Many natural health experts suggest taking a spoonful of raw, local honey every day to help combat seasonal sniffles. Local honey has pollens in it specific to your area, so it’s better than just buying some honey off the shelf at the supermarket. Typically you can find local honey at your local farmer’s market, health food store, or farm co-op, and even from roadside stands. Don’t ever give raw honey to kids under age 2, and use caution with taking honey if you have an allergy to bee stings.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then try wearing a mask when working out in the yard, mowing the grass, or doing any kind of gardening. This will put a barrier between your nose and the pollen, and could prevent them from getting into the nasal passages. I know a lot of people who wear masks every time they mow for this reason alone.
Sometimes the best way to ward off an allergy attack is to avoid things that trigger them. For instance, if fresh cut grass sets you to sneezing, try avoiding yard work for a day or so and give the grass clippings a chance to dry out. Also keep your windows closed. Even if you love the fresh air blowing into the house, the side effect of a full blown allergy attack will be enough of a reason to keep them shut.
Using a combination of lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils can often bring relief from seasonal allergy outbreaks. You can diffuse them into the air, or apply them to the bottoms of the feet (diluted with a carrier oil) to treat the symptoms. Many people get significant relief from their symptoms by using oils.
There are other things you can try, too, like showering after coming in from outdoors, and changing clothes when you are done with outdoor activities. You should also wash your sheets and pillowcases, too, to get rid of any lingering pollen that can transfer from your body.
Have you ever tried any natural remedies for seasonal allergies? What worked best for you?