Spring allergy relief with natural remedies

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2009-03-31 08:29

Springtime allergies can put a damper on even the sunniest day. But—they don’t have to. If you’ve relied upon store-bought allergy medications in the past—and have been disappointed—this is the season for a more holistic approach to allergies.

Studies show that allergies are often a reaction to a combination of things. For many, budding spring plant life and pollen are irritants. But other, more hidden irritants include: food allergies, environmental irritants (such as, chemical-based cleaners, room sprays, and dryer sheets), and dust.

The good news: There are several alternative products and strategies you can use to sooth your allergies. The benefits: health tools like supplements, herbs, essential oils, and lifestyle modifications are natural, cost effective, and can work fairly quickly to bring relief.

Here are 8 tips for tackling your allergies naturally:

  1. Incorporate native plants into your diet.
  2. Eat 1-2 tablespoons of local, raw honey every morning.
  3. Diffuse peppermint essential oil throughout your home and, or office.
  4. Add fresh herbs to a hot bath and deeply breathe in the steam.
  5. Take supplements, including: echinacea, goldenseal, and vitamin C.
  6. Clean and dust regularly. You don’t have to use chemicals; a steam mop works great.
  7. Exercise. Physical activity strengths the body and boosts immunity. Try to exercise outside in the early morning, before allergens kick up.
  8. Facial massage is a simple way to relive pressure built-up in the sinus.
For more information about holistic nutrition or soothing allergies with homeopathic remedies, visit the Australasian College www.achs.edu.