Flowers are about to bloom, and spring is just knocking on our door. Spring brings warm sunshine, longer days, pollination, fresh grass, blooming trees and flowers, and seasonal allergies.
An allergy occurs when your immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless allergen. Due to this allergy, you may get itchy eyes, hay fever, nasal congestion, eye irritation, etc. People often turn to doctor-prescribed allergy shots or over-the-counter medications to seek relief. In reality, these medications make people tired or cause headaches and sleeplessness.
If running to the drugstore to treat allergies isn’t your thing, try these home remedies for springtime allergies.
First Of All, Let’s See What Causes Allergies?
Plants produce tiny grains for reproduction, known as pollen. While some plants use the wind to spread their pollen, some rely on insects. These pollens spread by wind are the leading cause of allergy symptoms in some people. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), these trees are most likely to cause allergy symptoms.
However, grass releases pollen later in the year, which can cause allergy symptoms in a few people.
What Are The Symptoms Of Spring Allergies?
- You Might Experience An Itchy Nose, Eyes, And Ears
- Puffy Eyes
- Sneezing And Runny Nose
- Wheezing, Coughing, Or Difficulty Breathing
- In Very Rare Cases, Hives
Try These Home Remedies To Get Relief From Spring Allergies
Stay Hydrated With Water
When your body is going through dehydration, your immune function won’t work correctly. Your body will cause a rebound effect leading to runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, etc.
To prevent all this, you can consume two or three cups of warm water after waking up. After this, wait for at least half an hour before drinking or eating anything. Apart from this, make sure you don’t drink water while you have your meal. Instead, drink water half an hour before.
You can also drink two cups of warm water in the evening and one cup of water before and after showering.
Drink Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is known to be a natural remedy for dust and pollen allergy or any other respiratory allergy. Luteolin-7-O-rutinoside, a natural flavonoid found in peppermint tea, helps secret anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines.
You can add a teaspoon of peppermint tea into the water and bring it to a boil. After this, allow the mixture to steep. Drink the tea while it’s mildly warm.
Saline Nasal Rinses
Your sinuses might get congested during allergies, and the best way to deal with them is to rinse them out. For this, you’ll need a neti pot that looks like a tiny teapot and fill it with warm water and a few drops of essential oil for natural lubrication. You can also use bulb syringes.
Eat Hot And Spicy Food
Hot and spicy food helps thin your thick mucus to help clear out your blocked throat and nasal passage. You can eat curries, soup, and food containing peppers.
Try Some Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil can work wonders in seasonal allergies. The dried leaves of the eucalyptus plant are to make a scented oil mostly for allergies to reduce inflammation. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water, boil it and then inhale the steam. This will work to open your passages and sinuses. According to research, eucalyptus oil also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Petasites hybridus, also known as the butterbur plant, grows in wet marshland, on riverbanks, or in damp forest soil. Butterbur extract is from the bulb, leaf, or root of the plant. The two chemicals, petasin, and isopetasin, present in the extract, are known to reduce inflammation. That’s why butterbur extract helps to treat nasal allergies, headaches, fever, etc.
You can either drink butterbur extract as tea or buy tablets from the store.
Try Probiotic Foods
Fermented foods are in trend nowadays and for all good reasons. Fermented foods have a tangy flavor in them, and most importantly, they offer numerous health benefits. Probiotics found in fermented foods are mostly known to keep our gut in good health. But it can also support our immune system.
You can try sauerkraut, spicy kimchi, etc.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There’s a long list of possible things you can do with apple cider vinegar. Drink it to lose weight, clean the sink and counter with it, and eliminate seasonal allergies. You heard it right. Try taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with lemon juice or warm water to fight seasonal allergies.
The Bottom Line
With all these home remedies, spring allergies will bid goodbye to your body. To aid the entire process to help the remedies work, try avoiding such food items that increase mucus production like fried food, starchy food, etc.
Also, if the problem persists, it’s best to consult your doctor without any delay.