There’s nothing better than waking up, checking the forecast & seeing this:
But then, I check the other forecast. The one that tells me if I can actually go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather…
This time of year is awful for my allergies. The cedar gets me the worst… can anyone else relate?
I used to reach for allergy medicine or anti-histamines to get me through, but after many years rotating through, they eventually stopped working. And I don’t know about you, but anti-histamines make me feel sleepy and sluggish so it’s hard to get up and go to work. Plus, the purpose of those is to dry you up, so they are dehydrating. In search for something that would help provide some relief, I’ve discovered a few ways that have really helped me control my allergies:
1. Use a nasal rinse. This will clear your sinuses of allergens & bacteria. Plus, it moisturizes your system, thinning the mucous to keep it moving through the system and reducing post-nasal drip. The saline mixture added to warm, distilled water works wonders for clearing my nasal passages and keeping me from getting too stuffy. I use this kind – you can find it at nearly any drugstore.
2. Essential oils have worked miracles for me with my allergies. In particular, I use a combination of Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint (aka the LLP bomb). I put them in my diffuser, put 3 drops of each in a capsule to swallow or put them in a spoonful of local, raw honey. There are also a few other oils that can be super helpful with symptoms of congestion – RC & Breathe Again – or sinus headache – Copaiba. Read more about how essential oils can improve your health here.
3. Nothing relieves my itchy eyes better than Can-C Carnosine Eye Drops. It is the best eye drop out there; even though it’s not specifically for allergies, it is a great moisturizer and completely safe. On a side note, I’ve read stories that it has even helped people improve their vision or cataracts.
4. I recently discovered a homeopathic tincture called Allergena. They have blends for specific regions (Texas is Zone 5), or for allergies to pets, mold, dust, and several others. You put a few drops under your tongue every 10 minutes as long as you feel symptomatic until you don’t. It works super fast to provide relief for sneezing, runny nose & itchy eyes.
5. A couple of times a day, I take Natural D-Hist. My doctor recommended it originally for my stress hives last year, but it also helps with seasonal allergies. The blend of healthy ingredients helps relieve irritation from increased histamine response. Although it doesn’t provide fast relief, I have seen a lot of benefit by taking it consistently every day.
6. While it’s not realistic to always stay inside, it helps to keep your indoors an allergy-free environment to give your system some reprieve. Take a shower each night and wash your hair to get the pollen out. Put your clothes in a hamper when you get home for the day. Leave your shoes at the door. Wash your sheets and vacuum often. Close your doors and windows. Run an air purifier to remove those particles from the air – this is the one I use.
7. Eating a healthy diet is a crucial way to reduce inflammation & mucous production. Organic fruits and vegetables will help provide vitamins and antioxidants. Avoiding dairy and sugar will help lower your body’s inflammatory response and keep your immune system functioning properly. Staying hydrated is also important; water helps control levels of histamines in the body.
Do you have any other ways that help you control your allergies naturally? Thinking about trying any of these out? I would love to hear feedback on how these work for you!