7 Ways to Get Natural Allergy Relief at Home

"ACHOO"! Did you just sneeze Gorgeous?

Are you, my dear friend, an allergy sufferer? If so, you know it's "nothing to sneeze at"! Your itch watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, and overall feeling of misery can make life almost unbearable. Which my dear friend, is why I'm so anxious to share these 7 little known or overlooked all natural remedies which you probably have in your own cabinets and fridge. Take a look at these...

 

  1. Shut Out Breezes - Keeping indoor air free of your allergy triggers can help ease nasal symptoms. Installing special air filters in your furnace and air conditioning systems can remove 90% to 95% of particles from your indoor air. Closing doors and windows when outdoor pollen counts are high also can help keep pollen and other outdoor allergens out of your home.

  2. Consider Alternative Therapies - There’s evidence that some supplements help nasal allergies. Butterbur is one of the most promising and well-researched. Studies suggest that butterbur -- specifically a butterbur extract called Ze 339 -- works as well as antihistamines. Other studies show plant-based phleum pratense and pycnogenol may be helpful, too.

  3. Wash Away Allergens - Each time you walk into your home, you bring small pieces of the outside world with you. After being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Taking a shower and changing your clothes will help wash away any allergens. Leaving your shoes at the door will help keep you from tracking allergens through your home.

  4. Eat a Healthy Diet - One study found that children who ate a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts -- particularly grapes, apples, oranges, and tomatoes -- had fewer allergy symptoms. Researchers are still trying to figure out the connection between diet and nasal allergies, but eating a healthy diet is known to do the body a world of good in general. Try adding at least one fresh fruit and vegetable to every meal. 

  5. Learn How to Clean Safely - Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. But cleaning with harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and aggravate your allergy symptoms. Try cleaning with ordinary household products like vinegar or baking soda. And use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens. If your allergies are severe, consider having someone else do the cleaning.

  6. Use a Nasal Rinse - A nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nose and can help relieve nasal allergy symptoms. It also can rinse away bacteria, thin mucus, and help decrease postnasal drip. Buy a rinse kit or make one using a neti pot or a nasal bulb. Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with a pinch of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm distilled or sterilized water. Leaning over a sink, gently flush one nostril at a time.

  7. Drink More Fluids - If you’re feeling congested or have postnasal drip from your allergies, try drinking more water, juice, or other fluids. Drinking extra liquid can help thin the mucus in your nasal passages and may give you some relief. Hot fluids -- such as teas, broth, or soup -- may be especially soothing because they add the benefits of steam.

Love and Wellness,
Deb