Alleviate Spring Time Allergies with These 6 Natural Remedies

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Spring is here, and if you’re like me, that means allergies are in full swing. From runny noses to itchy and watery eyes, allergies can be a block in your daily routine.  Instead of reaching for an over the counter allergy medicine, try these 6 natural remedies to alleviate and even prevent some allergy symptoms.

Spicy Foods

For those of you that handle a little extra spice on your meals, this will add some relief to some of your allergy symptoms.  A little extra cayenne pepper, hot ginger or garlic in your foods will allow your mucous secretions to thin out, which is the main culprit in allergies.

Healthy Fats

Eating well will help with any kind of health problem, especially allergies.  Loading up on foods like fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds give great anti-inflammatory benefits.

Stovetop Remedy

Nothing gets more natural then using water and heat to help with your breathing.  Just boil water with a few drops of menthol or wintergreen, and then with a towel over your head, breathe in the vapor. This will help open up your breathing passages, allowing you to breathe better.

Dust and Vacuum Weekly

Whether you spend a great deal of time in the outdoors, or just a quick step outside, both can bring in pollen and other allergens into your household.  Making sure that you dust and vacuum all areas of your home will keep those annoying allergens at bay, and create an allergy free environment where you sleep.

Neti Pot

Just as we wash our clothes and linen to get rid of lingering pollen, this is another great option to rinse out our noses from all of the air we’ve been breathing in throughout the day.  Used to get rid of both pollen and clear your sinuses, and similar to nasal sprays, Neti Pots (shaped like a watering pot) are filled with salt water and used to rinse out nasal cavities.

Eliminate Certain Foods

Sometimes our allergies are triggered by what we put into our bodies. Try to eliminate foods such as: wheat, dairy, chocolate, and white sugar, and this may help with symptoms you’re suffering from during the allergy season.

Please consult with your physician or health care provider before trying any new health regimen.

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