Every spring it’s the same old story — your eyes itch, you can’t stop sneezing, and you are so congested that you can’t sleep.
Severe allergies and symptoms require the attention of a medical provider, but for milder cases, there are natural, at-home remedies that can give you that much-needed relief from your allergies.
Try these five natural fixes to help with your allergies:
1) Use a Neti Pot
A neti pot could be a first line of defense in dealing with allergy problems, particularly if you are developing congestion, according to an interview on WebMD with Evangeline Lausier, MD. Lausier is an assistant clinical professor of medicine, and director of clinical services at Duke University’s department of integrative medicine.
Using a neti pot involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution. You can fill the pot with salt and warm water — making sure the water is boiled or distilled, not from the tap— tilt your head to the side, and pour it in one nostril until the solution flows out from the other, as explained on Health.com. Then switch sides.
This helps flush out allergens like pollen from your nasal cavity, loosen the mucus, and give you some relief from the congestion and itching caused by your nasal allergies.
A steaming hot shower can soothe your sinuses, clear your nasal cavity, and provide you with temporary relief from your allergies, according to TIME.com. Showering, especially after spending time outdoors, can help rid your skin and hair of allergens. This can also prevent their contact with your clothing, towels, sheets, and furniture, thus preventing further triggers.
TIME also states that, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, taking off your clothing and hopping in the shower immediately after you spend time outside gardening is also critical to managing your spring allergy symptoms.
3) Dust-Proof Your Home
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a good first step to manage your allergies is to limit your exposure to common allergens as much as possible. To do this, you can start with dust-proofing your home.