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5 Natural Treatments For Seasonal Allergies

Ragweed, pollen, grass, mountain cedar, elm, cottonwood. These allergens, among others, can wreak havoc on babies, children, teens, and adults of all ages. If you’ll pardon the pun, no one is “immune” from having seasonal allergies, even if it doesn’t happen every season or even every year. You may be someone who’s never had seasonal allergies, only to find yourself miserable right now as you’re experiencing all the symptoms of an allergic reaction to “something” in the air. Maybe you’ve had allergies your whole life, and you are beginning to think there’s nothing else you can do to find relief.

More and more people are looking for alternatives to medicinal interventions when it comes to treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies—sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, itchy throat and ears, ear congestion and postnasal drainage. Here are five ways you can treat seasonal allergies naturally, rather than racing to the corner drugstore to fill your cart with chemical-laden drugs, which sometimes offer little relief with a myriad of side effects.

5. Avoid certain foods.

There are some foods that can actually make allergy symptoms worse. Though the list of foods to avoid can vary from person to person, some foods known to make allergic reactions, or hay fever, worse include alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, citrus, chocolate and wheat, among others. Even certain preservatives used in foods and some artificial sweeteners can make your already miserable allergy symptoms worse. It may help you to eliminate these foods from your diet during this time, or to at least to limit your intake of these foods.

4. Eat more of certain foods.

There are some foods that can help with symptoms you are experiencing as part of a reaction to seasonal allergens. Some of these foods are honey (raw and local only), spicy foods, pineapple and apple cider vinegar. There is research that suggests that eating raw local honey can help with allergy symptoms better than conventional antihistamines. Hot and spicy foods (think garlic, onion, cinnamon and cayenne pepper) can help to thin out mucus, which can help when your body is trying to clear out the mucus (by coughing or sneezing). Pineapple is excellent for allergy symptoms because it boasts high levels of Vitamins B and C and has other nutrients that can help to lessen some of your body’s reactions to seasonal allergens. Apple cider vinegar helps with breaking up mucus too.

3. Use a Neti Pot.

This is an excellent tool to use when you are miserable from nasal congestion. It helps to flush out mucus from your sinus passages and is completely natural because you only need to use warm filtered water with a pinch of salt. If the thought of the Neti Pot makes you
uncomfortable, you may find similar relief by using a non-drug product such as Simply Saline. Both options can be used two to four times per day to relieve your nasal symptoms.

2. Diffuse essential oils.

Many different essential oils can be used in your diffuser to relieve seasonal allergies symptoms. Try diffusing menthol, eucalyptus oil or lavender oil. Also try peppermint essential oil in your diffuser. Each of these oils can help in opening up your nasal passages so you don’t feel so congested. They can also make you feel generally better by improving mood and relieving the stress that undoubtedly comes from being a Mom under the weather.

1. Stay hydrated.

As with any ailment under the sun, drinking water always helps. Our bodies are made up mostly of water, so it makes sense that when we are feeling poorly, drinking water can only aid our bodies’ natural abilities to heal and get better. Even if you drink water regularly, you should continue doing so and increase your daily intake of H20 while you’re feeling miserable. Don’t know exactly how much water you need in a day? Just take your body weight in pounds, divide that number by two, and the remaining number is how many ounces of water you need per day, at a minimum. Water also helps to thin out mucus so that it can exit your body more quickly and completely, by way of coughing and sneezing.

Seasonal allergies can make anyone feel miserable. And while drugs such as antihistamines, decongestants and other over-the-counter and prescription medications promise fast relief, those claims often fall short, and the list of side effects that accompany any hope of relief is long and concerning. Trying some of these natural remedies can offer lasting relief without making you feel worse for different reasons.

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