May 3, 2016 by bridgitgillis
Seasonal allergies are not fun, and more and more people seem to be suffering when spring comes around. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are certainly helpful, but if your symptoms are only mildly annoying, you want to add these measures in addition to medication, or if you have child who suffers, read on!
When dealing with seasonal allergies, it is helpful (although not necessary) to know what you’re allergic to. The four main culprits are: trees, grass, flowers, and weeds. They usually grow in this order every year, so if you’re prone to allergies at a certain time of year, this can tip you off as to what you’re most reactive to. I, for instance, am allergic to grass and weeds, so my allergies begin a the end of spring and continue until the beginning of fall. An allergy test by a doctor can tell you for sure what your allergies are, and if you suffer from severe allergies every year it might be something to look into having done.
Studies show that small amounts of honey regularly throughout the year can help your system develop an immunity to the pollen in your local area. I have never tried it myself, but the logic seems sound and there are tons of testimonials out there to its validity. The downside to this is that you need to start before allergy season begins to develop the immunity, and probably incorporate honey into your diet year-round.
There’s nothing like opening your windows on a warm spring day, but that comes at a cost- pollen! If you’re lucky enough to have central air, the air quality in your home is likely pretty good. For those of us who don’t, using an air purifier in our bedroom at night can help get the allergens out of the air while we are sleeping. If you have pets that sleep with you, remember that they are likely covered in pollen or grass and could be bringing allergens into your room daily. If the temperature allows, shut your windows at night to keep as many allergens out as possible.
3. Avoid the Outdoors in the Morning
Holing up in the morning isn’t always possible, but pollen levels are typically high in the morning and dissipate as the day goes on. If you suffer from severe allergies, try putting off that morning run until the evening when the pollen count is lower.
4. Shower Before Bed
Bringing allergens and pollen to bed with you isn’t something I had thought of until recently, but it makes total sense. Especially if you are working or playing outdoors, be sure to shower and change clothes before going to bed to avoid sleeping with the enemy.
If the above measures don’t eliminate your allergy symptoms altogether, essential oils are a safe and natural way to offer relief. A common blend for allergies is Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint (Commonly referred to as LLP). Many essential oil companies have started selling this blend pre-mixed for convenience. The blend can be diffused full-strength from a cool-mist diffuser, or it can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied to bottoms of feet or chest. The natural qualities of these oils act as an antihistamine and ani-inflammatory, making them great for seasonal allergy relief.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This advice should not supersede that of a doctor. I am simply sharing things that I have personally found helpful and things that my research has uncovered.