Allergies are the worst. Nobody likes walking around with a stuffy nose and big, red eyes for half of the year. And while allergies are mostly genetic, there are some things we can do to prevent them, like growing up with pets or avoiding any traumas that can trigger them. But once you got them, there’s not much you can do to get rid of them. However, it’s not the end of the world, and there are ways to manage them – no medicine required. Here are some of the natural ways to get your allergies in check.
There are plenty of herbs that nature gives us that help us fight off allergies. The most promising one is butterbur: a marsh plant that suppresses symptoms of seasonal allergies. Soaking the root in water for 12 hours then boiling it and straining it is an easy way to make a tea that you can take three times per day. But butterbur isn’t the only option: stinging nettle, mint and elderflower (be careful if you’re making your own – only the flowers are edible!) are all great allergy symptom suppressants, and drinking teas made out of them will help you feel better. About three cups per day should be your limit for the teas. Along with drinking them, you can steam your face to unclog your nose – and it’s not too bad for the skin, either!
If you’re not already getting plenty of vitamin C in your diet, that’s the first mistake you’re making. Vitamin C is crucial for our overall health, but moreover, it is a natural antihistamine – meaning it fights off allergies. Foods rich in it have been used for centuries all over the world as a remedy, and it’s no surprise. But orange juice and apples aren’t the only way you can get your vitamin C in. Many veggies, like broccoli, bell peppers, potatoes and spinach are full of the stuff, and they are all so easy to incorporate into our daily diets. So put a squeeze of lemon juice in your water bottle and get some baked potatoes as a side with dinner.
Seasonal allergies are triggered by our surroundings, and they can be controlled in the same way. The first thing you want to do is regulate the amount of dust and pollen that you have in your home. When spring rolls around, it’s a good idea to replace all of your ultra-fluffy materials with something sleeker that dust can’t easily be locked into. Secondly, find the best air purifier for allergies to make sure that the air you are breathing is as clean and allergen-free as possible. You will also want to boost your cleaning routine. Cleaning all the surfaces in your home often with a natural toxin-free product will make sure you have as few triggers lying around as possible. Then, you might want to adapt your daily patterns to when the pollen concentration is low. Stay inside in the mornings when the pollen is all around outside and if the winds are high, don’t go out.
Take care of your body
Allergies often make us perform actions we usually wouldn’t, like scratching our nose and rubbing our eyes. This can irritate the skin, so you want to make sure you are giving it plenty of care to replenish it. Apply a nourishing cream around your nose while you’re sleeping to regenerate the skin you might have scratched off while blowing or rubbing your nose. Do your best not to rub your eyes, but if you do, apply eye cream during the night and prepare some paper towels dipped in green tea and left in the freezer overnight to depuff and calm your eyes when it gets out of hand.
Allergies are something that is simply out of our hands most of the time, but it’s important to know that, by changing only a few of our daily habits, we can keep them in check. None of these methods are promises of completely deleting the symptoms, but they will most certainly help you get through the day. And just to be safe, wear waterproof and smudge-proof makeup so it stays on through the tearing up, sneezing and eye-rubbing.