Changing colors, changing seasons, changing allergies
1. Air Control
Home is supposed to be a refuge from the typical symptom triggers, so do your best to make sure the air in your house is clean and clear. If you live somewhere with high humidity, try dehumidifying to keep your air from becoming the optimum hangout for mold. Be aware of your houseplants, too! Even if they aren't flowering plants, the soil can be the source of some allergens in the form of mold spores. Change or clean your air filters regularly, and make sure your ventilation system is working properly to keep everything moving. If pollen is your big baddie, keep windows closed during heavy-hitting seasons, and be sure to shower when you get in from a day's excursion.
2. Neti Pots
Nasal irrigation (and by that, we mean flushing your sinuses out with a saline solution) can be very helpful in treating allergy symptoms. Sure it sounds pretty gross and there's no denying it feels strange, but the proof is in the pudding. Your nose is filled with tiny hairs designed to trap bad stuff and keep it out of your body, but if those particles stay stuck, you're exposed to allergens longer. Flushing the gunk out with salt water helps to thin the mucus linings, making it easier for your body to naturally rid itself of the dust, mold, and pollen it collects in the future!
When it comes to naturally treating the basic symptoms of allergies, butterbur is a fantastic solution. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded a trial that found butterbur to be just as effective in alleviating symptoms as the most common oral medications without all of the side effects. No need to go harvest the plant yourself-- Butterbur supplements can be found in most major grocery stores and pharmacies!
5. Vitamin C
Your mom wasn't kidding when she said you need to take your vitamins! Loading up on Vitamin C in foods or supplements helps to inhibit the production of histamines, preventing allergy symptoms rather than treating them. For the best results, enhance your Vitamin C intake with awesome flavonoids like blueberries, onions, and pinto beans. They help boost the effectiveness of Vitamin C and also aid in relieving inflammation throughout your body.
Don't let your itchy eyes and runny nose keep you from enjoying the beauty of autumn and the holiday festivities! If your favorite over-the-counter medication just can't handle it all, try something new. Change can be hard, but don't forget: Sometimes it's just plain necessary!
If you have any other suggestions for natural remedies for allergies or home remedies for allergies, please share them in the comments section below.