Finally, the winter months are behind us and we can begin to look forward to warm weather and nature coming back to life. Unfortunately some of us deal with a bittersweet relationship when the flowers are in bloom and pollen (released by plants to fertilize other plants) fills the skies. Seasonal allergies can range from minor reactions to severe; itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion and can trigger asthma attacks for certain people.
For more severe cases, doctor’s orders and medication is most likely the only option. Using natural alleviators may help ease heavier symptoms, but if you deal with mild allergies, these tips could possibly keep you clear of any uncomfortableness.
A traditional Ayuverdic technique that uses a salt and water solution to flush out the nasal passage could be your best answer into clearing out a clogged sinus. It thins the mucus making it easier to escape the nostrils, and although it looks unpleasant, people suffering from severe allergies know the simple pleasures in having a comfortable breath.
Eat The Right Foods
- Best; Anti-inflammatory fatty rich foods like salmon and walnuts have shown that their omega-3 content can reduce symptoms of allergies. Apples can help alleviate congestion with their vitamin C content and the antioxidant quertecin found in the skin has shown to improve lung function.
- Worst; Since allergies come from plants, certain fruits and vegetables trigger an “oral allergy syndrome” which can induce an itchy mouth and sore throat making the situation worse. These foods include celery, parsley and carrots.
Carpet dust can heighten allergic reactions. If it’s unbearable outside, you want to make your home situation as comfortable as possible. Dust mites cling onto carpet fibers and their fecal pellets and body fragments create the allergen, gross. Remove your carpets and go with wood flooring if this is a problem for you.
Raw Honey (Manuka)
Raw Manuka honey is a bio-active honey made by bees who collect nectar from a New Zealand plant; Leptospermum Scoparium. The University of Waikato states that this honey contains a unique antibacterial ingredient that results in a natural antibiotic source to help heal wounds and strengthen the immune symptoms.
Also know as high-efficiency particulate absorption, this medical-grade air filter is used to filter out 99.97% of air particles that are trying to find their way into your home.
Taking a steaming hot shower will temporarily open up the nasal passages making it easier to breath. If you’re home for the day, boil a large pot of water or get a facial steamer, and every hour do a covered steam inhalation to help ease the congestion.