With springtime comes the arrival of some of my favorite pleasures: pleasant warm weather, aromatic pretty flowers, and fresh green grass. But for many, springtime also means runny noses, watery eyes, and constant sneezing.
However, allergy season doesn’t necessarily mean you should immediately grab the keys and drive to the drugstore. Instead, check out these options that aim to lessen allergy symptoms in a more natural way before you go and drug yourself up.
- Neti pot away the snot: Neti pots gently irrigate the sinuses, using a simple combination of salt and water, creating a light saline solution. The solution works to clear out the sinuses of any pollutant, dust, pollen, bacteria or mold particles. To learn more about the purposes of neti pots and how to use them, check out an in depth past post I’ve written on the topic on my old blog.
- Shower after sunset: If you’re a morning showerer, consider switching your shower to the evening. Take a shower when you get home from work/school/your daily activities to rid yourself of any pollen residue lying on your skin and hair. This will allow you to hit the sack at night on a pollen free pillow.
- Doctor your diet: Avoid common allergents, such as wheat, dairy, and nuts, that are harder for the body to digest. These foods tend to send the body into attack mode, weakening the immune system and its ability to fight off seasonal allergens. Also, consider adding ginger into your diet, a food that’s said to reduce inflammation. Check out one of my favorite afternoon treats, ginger chews.