The first day of spring was yesterday and this season is in full bloom. Unfortunately that means that spring allergies will be on the rise and pollen counts will get higher as the season progresses. Allergies can be pesky – disrupting your day to day activities and causing all sorts of annoying symptoms.
And although spring is in the air, there’s no reason you should be cooped up inside with allergies. I’ve rounded up some tips and tricks on how to keep allergens away and ease the symptoms.
Reduce inflammation and build up your immunity with the right diet. You should eat a diet rich with anti-inflammatory foods. I have horrible allergies all year round and I’ve found that avoiding diary products helps a lot. I also make sure to have my daily supplements and eat turmeric or ginger in one form or another. These two spices are really good in green teas.
Sugar, Oh Honey Honey
During the allergy season I like to skip the sugars and add the honey instead. Honey is a great natural anti-inflammatory. A neat little trick is actually consuming local honey so that you’re not only buying local, but you’re getting immune to any local pollens in the area. I tried some local Wisconsin honey (closest place I could find local honey) for a few weeks and not only was it delicious – but I did have significantly less symptoms. Give it a try!
Natural Sinus Rinses
Before you go out buying over the counter sinuses rinses, you should check in with your GP. You need a rinse that is natural and not harsh on the inside of your nostrils. You’ll also want to ask about the right technique in using these rinses. You don’t want to cause any bleeding, scratches, or accidents from using certain types of rinses.
Manage Your Symptoms
If your GP suggests taking an antihistamine during allergy season, it’s best to follow that advice. Also ask them about the above methods in case they interfere with any medications or medical conditions you have.
One of my favorite ways to manage my allergy symptoms is to relieve the congestion. I found this wonderful “congestion” facial massage. Also the use of essential oils can help clear some of that stuffiness! Head on over to this article I wrote about how to use essential oils to clear congestion.
Do you have any tips for surviving spring allergy season?
Leave your tips in the comments below. I’d love to read them!