It's that time of year when you wake up with puffy eyes, colds, and a dry cough, it's the time of year for allergies!
As never before, we recommend that you avoid over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. We have made a list of natural ways to relieve allergies:
-Drink more water: Many allergy sufferers will feel some relief as soon as they drink 2 or more glasses of water at a time.
-Eat simple: eat minimally processed foods (in their most natural form) as often as possible.
-Avoid exercising outside during peak pollen hours - it's often highest in the morning, so roll back that workout later in the day.
-Eat more omega-3 foods: A German study found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 had fewer allergy symptoms. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be obtained by eating nuts, cold-water fish, and flaxseed oil, as well as grass-fed meat and eggs.
-Honey: For centuries, the medicinal properties of honey have been used to relieve allergy symptoms. Add it to hot tea as hot liquids help with nasal and chest congestion. Be sure to buy locally produced honey to get the best benefits from this amazing remedy!
-Sleep: Get 7 to 8 hours per night so your body can heal and rest. The more your body rests, the more efficient it will be at fighting inflammation and mucus buildup from allergens.
- Raw and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Taking a tablespoon of raw and organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning (before going out) blocks our body's histamine reaction and reduces inflammation. For an even bigger boost, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water with a tablespoon of raw honey.
-Eat probiotics: This will boost your immune system and make your body more efficient at fighting allergies. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, kombucha, and supplements.
–Essential oils: lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, blue tansy (or Roman chamomile), lemongrass, and eucalyptus are excellent for relieving allergy symptoms. They can be diffused or mixed with coconut oil and applied to the body.
-Don't line dry your clothes: especially outside, this allows allergens and pollen to become embedded in the fabric and makes allergies worse. If you need to line dry clothes, do it inside.
-Sleep with the windows closed: placing a fan in front of an open window attracts allergens and pollen from the house.
-Invest in a humidifier - the water droplets bind to allergens and become heavy and fall to the floor so you don't inhale them.
-Neti Pot (Nasal Wash) - Can be found in health food stores and is a natural way to cleanse your nasal passages from pollen, pollution, dust, and a variety of allergens. For adult use only.