Flowers hint at blooming and grass struggles to turn green… Spring is in the air! But that air also contains pollen and allergens that cause many to dread this beautiful season. If the first casualty of the war between pollen and sinuses is you then perhaps it is time to fight back. Allergy medicine can come with a side of mental fog leaving many debating whether suffering with allergies is better than taking medicine. Breathe-easy, natural solutions have proven effective for many allergy sufferers without the side effects of other OTC meds.
**The tips below are not a replacement for medical advice. Please consult a doctor with any concerns about treatment for any conditions you experience.**
1. Local Honey
Many people have claimed that honey completely kicked their allergies to the curb! The bees eat the pollen and produce honey containing the pollen. As you eat the honey, many people think that your immunity builds up to the pollen that’s in the air. It is definitely very important to buy local honey from a trusted source as store-bought is not always pure and very likely not from your area.
2. Saline Solution
You can purchase a saline nasal spray at your local grocery store to irrigate your nasal passages. This should help to remove pollen, relieve inflammation so you can breathe, and help to prevent post nasal drip.
If you’re brave enough you can also try a Neti-Pot (which feels a *little* bit like drowning, but not too bad). Just remember to NEVER use tap water when using a Neti-Pot!
3. Dehumidifier and Cool-Mist Humidifier
Don’t be too quick to pack up the dehumidifier for the season. Mold, dust mites, and other allergens thrive on humidity so cut down on humidity and it should help cut down on your reaction. You can also run a cool-mist humidifier on a cool night since allergens will bind with the water droplets and will be removed from the air.
You can find lots of Dehumidifier options and read reviews on Amazon.
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5. Shower and Launder
Spending time outdoors can bring allergens indoors through your clothing and your hair. Showering and washing your hair before bed will help to keep allergens off of your pillow making it easier to sleep at night. If you’ve been gardening, hiking, playing at the park, or spending significant time outdoors, try to place the clothing in the wash as soon as you come in to prevent the spread of pollen.
Also, be sure to wash your pillow regularly to get rid of any dust mites that be hiding in there. It is recommended that pillows be completely replaced at least once every 2-3 years.
What natural remedies have helped you fight seasonal allergies?
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Megan Harris says
We use standard process allerplex, and Boswellia complex. It has been working well. This season is the worst we have ever had.
Megan Harris says
What about breathe again by young living I have also been using this for my girls?
Sarah @ Renaissance Mama says
My husband uses Breathe Again and loves it!
Surviving The Stores says
I haven´t tried Breathe Again yet, but it´s on my list to order next month for Ryan. He deals with sinus issues much more than I do.
Has the breathe again helped with your girls´ allergies?
Daphne Fitzpatrick says
I take a little local honey everyday
Megan Harris says
Yes I put it on my 3 year olds feet. It helped at night and first thing in the morning when she woke up. I read somewhere when they are having respiratory issues like my 7 yr old gets asthma not regularly but this season is bad. That you should not inhale it but use neat on the feet so that is what I have done for both of them, it has helped. I learned last week that you have to treat the histamine and the luekatreine they are both present in allergic reactions. The allerplex by standard process treat histamines and the Boswellia treats luekatreines we just started this last Tuesday, but frankenscense treats luekatreines also. I have not used it yet. Then for emergencies for severe food or outdoor allergies we use standard process antronex it will stop and asthma attack if at first signs without having to use steroids or arbuterol. And it also will stop any swelling type anafalactic shock type of reaction in my 3 yr. old. A lot of chiropractors use standard process supplements. My 3yr old has a lot of swelling bumps red eye reactions to a lot of things and this does the trick every time.
Terri Williams says
Set a glass of water outside at night. In the morning drink it. The pollens fall into the water and help desensitize u. The water is clean and safe; just make sure a bug didnt crawl in it
Terri, that’s an interesting idea about the water catching the pollen. That reminds me of something I read somewhere a while back about eating locally produced honey for pretty much the same effect. Does it work? Sure would beat allergy shots, medications, and just suffering through the season if it does! Thanks for the tip!
Local honey and local bee pollen are great for allergies. Your body builds up an immunity to the pollen outside. I’ve really been suffering a lot this year. I try not to take allergy medication but I do use the Hi Health Al-10 plus (contains bee pollen & propolis) and Al-10 quercetin booster. The only downfall is that you have to take the Al-10 plus every 6 hours. I started have the worst drainage in my throat so I’ve been drinking lots of water and hot herbal teas. Has anyone heard of gargling with apple cider vinegar for internal drainage? It really works.