The daffodils are springing from the ground, and the sunshine is feeling a bit warmer with each passing day. Depending on where you live, you might even already be getting a touch of spring fever in the form of seasonal allergies.
Here come itchy, watery eyes and relentless bouts of sneezing.
Do you suffer from spring allergies? I personally used to really suffer from hayfever and even looking at this picture would have had me sneezing. These days I have it much milder due to improving my diet (and therefore my gut and sinuses) and I use natural methods to help me manage the rest of the time.
Need some relief but don’t want to be doped up on medication? I don’t blame you a bit. Here are some natural ways to get spring allergy relief.
- Try butterbur
There’s nothing buttery about this plant, except that in the olden days, it was used to wrap butter. The extracts are great for relieving fever, nasal allergies and headaches, working like an antihistamine without making you drowsy.
You can drink it as a tea or take it in tablets.
- Or stinging nettle leaf
Here’s another plant that has its roots in the olden days. Stinging nettle reduces the histamines in your body, making it a wonderful way to combat spring allergies.
You can take it in the form of hot tea or capsules to relieve allergy discomfort.
- Make an Apple Cider Vinegar drink
Apple cider vinegar benefits your overall health in so many ways. It’s excellent for adding probiotics to your gut which may play a role in keeping seasonal spring allergies at bay.
Just add a capful of it to your water every morning as an ounce of prevention or for relief, and be sure to use the kind that says “with the mother” on the bottle.
- Get more probiotics
Stuffy noses from allergies are a pain, but you can get some sweet relief with more probiotics. Take your probiotics daily for your best health and balance of immunity.
You can take these in capsule form, while also trying probiotic rich foods like apple cider vinegar, kombucha, yoghurt, pickles and sauerkraut, to name a few.
- Make things steamy
If you don’t have a gym membership or access to a steam room, use your shower to help get you some allergy relief — the steam will clear out your sinuses. If you’re prone to allergies in the spring, it’s best you shower as soon as you get home and change your clothes immediately to get rid of the pollen from outdoors.
- Use essential oils
Essential oil not only smells invigorating, but some can also help reduce inflammation. Some of my favourite essential oils to use during the spring are lemon, lavender, and peppermint.
You can use a diffuser to let it waft around your space or rub some of it directly on your chest to help you breathe better (and watch this space as I shall be offering more natural health support using essential oils in the coming months).
- Eat spicy food
Eating spicy foods can help keep your sinuses clear and get any pollen that may have accumulated out. Make sure to add plenty of onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and chillis to your recipes this season to keep your nasal passages open.
Do you have any special tips for combating spring allergies that I haven’t talked about today? I’d love to hear any tricks you have up your sleeve, so let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.