Spring allergies are a real issue for many people. Just this morning, a colleague of mine told me she started sneezing the moment she opened her front door to get the newspaper—and the itchy, watery eyes soon followed.
Big Pharma would like you to think that the best remedy for seasonal allergies includes popping a pill—one that’s riddled with questionable chemicals and unwanted side effects.
What they don’t want you to hear about are the far simpler, natural—and far cheaper—ways to get seasonal allergy relief:
1. Allergy help can be as simple as a thimbleful of Sea salt (I prefer Celtic Sea Salt). Mix one teaspoon of salt into a sink full of warm water, immerse your hands and face in the water, and blink several times. This will clean the pollen from your eyes. You can also draw some of the water into your nostrils and expel it to flush pollen from your nasal passages.
2. Stay away from mucus-producing foods that can aggravate sinus congestion. These include dairy products, especially milk, cream, cheese, and ice cream.
3. Avoid wine or drink organic varieties to minimize allergy-inducing sulfites.
4. During days of high pollen activity, keep your car windows up and stay indoors as much as possible.
5. Use a good air purifier system in your home, and especially in your bedroom.
6. Clean up before you retire for the night. Many people inadvertently bring pollen into their bedroom on their clothes and skin and in mucus membranes. Remove your clothes outside, not inside, your bedroom. And in addition to soaking your face in water, take a shower and wash your hair before you go to bed.
I recommend trying these simple interventions before reaching for a prescription medication for hay fever and seasonal allergies. For those of you who, like me, have seasonal allergies that can move quickly into asthma, use this foundation. Sneezing, itchy eyes and watery noses are annoying. But they are not life threatening.
But asthma is different, and can deteriorate to a highly reactive and constrictive airway situation, as well as status asthmaticus a life threatening medical emergency where the lungs lock up. Those with a history of asthma should be super-avoidant of allergy triggers as much as possible, and rely on your pharmaceutical inhaler and/or drugs should you feel asthma is developing.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have an allergy relief tip that’s worked for you?