No matter the time of year, for countless Americans out there, the changing of the seasons means a new crop of allergies to deal with. Stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing are never fun to endure, which is why Above and Beyond Wellness has put together five natural remedies for all the allergy sufferers out there to try.
1. Neti Pots and Saline Solutions
If you are a habitual allergen magnet, you know what the changing seasons will bring for you. Start heading off these allergy symptoms and treat the allergy before you feel anything coming on. You can do this by rinsing your nose daily with a Neti pot or saline solution that will flush out any pollens or allergens collected. A recent study has shown that those who rinse out their nasal passages, twice a day for a month, experience significantly less congestion than those who do not.
2. Changing Up Your Diet
Did you know what you eat can effect your reaction to common seasonal allergies? In a recent, extended study of hay fever, participants who ate significantly more dairy and red meats experienced three times the symptoms of the allergy than those who didn’t.
The mixture of spring showers and summer heat often bring about some stifling humidity throughout the country, and along with that humidity, the perfect environment for dust mites. By dehumidifying your living spaces, you can not only decrease the chances of dust mites, but also mold, which is another big allergen for Americans.
4. Peppermint Tea
For centuries, peppermint has aided in the relief of allergy symptoms. The essential oils found in this particular type of tea are natural decongestants, as well as antibacterial aids and anti-inflammatories.
5. Fish Oil Supplements
Especially in patients suffering from asthma triggered by allergies, the ingestion of daily fish-oil supplements have been known to drastically lower the levels of leukotrienes, a known chemical contributing to allergies.
What are some great home or natural remedies that you have tried to curb your allergies? Share them with us below!
To an Allergy-free Summer,
Dr. Roger Sahoury
Above and Beyond Wellness Center