If that crazy pollen is getting to you, you may have seasonal allergies. These allergies are typically worse in the spring and summer into fall. There are many high tech allergy medicines you can take to help lessen your allergy symptoms. However, many people prefer to limit the amount of medication they take, or allergy medicines may be too expensive for them. If you want natural ways to fight seasonal allergies without medicine, try these:
1. Natural Home Remedies
One of the best and most ancient natural remedies for seasonal allergy symptoms is to use a neti pot to irrigate your nasal passages with natural salt water. (Read my article on “How to Use a Neti Pot.”)
Another good, immediate way to naturally relieve allergy symptoms is to inhale natural scents that can temporarily make you feel clearer. Olbas Oil Aromatherapy makes a nice, portable little stick that you can inhale. Peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and clove scents are fine choices.
2. Wash Your Textiles
Wash pillows and bedding once a week. (Read my article on “How to Wash Down Pillows.”) Never let your bedding and laundry dry outside on a clothesline. By doing so, you are creating a big pollen-catching net with the sheets and clothing that will then go right on your body.
3. Close the Windows.
Keep the windows closed. Use your air conditioning or heating as needed, but make sure your vents are clean, and that your filters are high quality, and changed regularly.
4. Clean the Floors
Vacuum several times a week. Use a vacuum cleaner that has disposable bags, so allergens and pollen stay contained within, and are disposed of without escaping. Wash hard surface floors often. Wash and/or vacuum throw rugs regularly.
5. Avoid Yard Work
This will be a welcome suggestion for many. Let somebody else in your family do it. Hire someone to mow, rake, pull weeds, etc. If you must do the work yourself, get a facemask to use while working in your yard and garden.
6. Change Clothes and Shower
When you come inside after being outdoors, make sure you change into clean clothes. Keep up with your laundry, so pollen polluted clothing gets clean right away. Wash your hair each day, too, so that you clean off any pollen that is clinging to your locks.
7. Monitor Pollen.
Watch the pollen count report on TV or on the internet. Plan outdoor activity for afternoon on day with a fairly low pollen count. (Pollen counts are usually higher in the morning.) Keep in mind that air borne pollen is usually less right after a cleansing rain.
8. Use a HEPA Air Filter
Buy a HEPA air filter machine for your bedroom to help take pollen and other allergens out of the air in your bedroom. The HEPA air filter is an investment of around fifty dollars, and you will have to get filters and change them regularly. The investment is well worth it for many allergy sufferers.
Washington State University, College of Nursing
University of Maryland Medical Center