Don’t get us wrong, we’re over-the-moon excited for spring. Springtime brings with it some of our favorite things: Iced coffee. Sundresses. Sandals. Hiking trips. A respite from pasty legs and puffy coats.
Unfortunately, it also marks the beginning of allergy season. If you find yourself experiencing itchy eyes, sniffling and sneezing and just can’t seem to find relief, consider one of these natural remedies! They’ll help you feel better when spring is in the air—literally.
Note: When it comes to matters of your health, we always recommend consulting your doctor before choosing a course of treatment.
Saltwater Nasal Spray
Saline nasal sprays are a cheap, simple method that may give you lasting allergy relief. When you suffer from allergies, mucus gets retained within the sinus cavities and makes it difficult for you to breathe. Saline spray helps liquify these secretions and cleanse your nasal passages of bacteria. Nasal irrigation (like the Neti Pot) works in the same way.
Quercetin is a flavenoid found in green tea as well as many fruits and veggies (including red apples and onions). Studies have shown that quercetin works in two ways to fight allergies: First, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory that keeps the lungs, nasal passages, and eyes from swelling. Second, it’s a potent antihistamine that prevents the release of chemicals that make our eyes water and our noses run.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This centuries-old folk remedy still has a strong following today. Though its effects haven’t been quantified within the scientific community, people all over the world swear by the ability of apple cider vinegar to dramatically reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Make sure to get the unrefined, unpasteurized, and unfiltered variety to experience its full effects, and be sure to water it down so you don’t damage your tooth enamel.
Another traditional treatment, stinging nettles are used to alleviate allergy symptoms—most often those that arise from hay fever, which is one of the most common allergy problems. The supplement contains biologically active ingredients that reduce inflammation. One of the easiest ways to benefit from nettle is to use it to make a hot tea—the combo of hot liquid and the powerful supplement works twice as well to resolve those pesky symptoms.
Cook with Turmeric
Consuming spicy foods is a pretty standard way to give your sinuses temporary relief, but the main ingredient in curry (turmeric) is actually a powerhouse when it comes to fighting inflammation and bacteria. Order in Indian food and reap the benefits!
Research suggests that this essential oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. If your symptoms include a cough, sore throat, or sinus congestion, try eucalyptus oil. You can find lozenges and vapor rubs that feature eucalyptus as the primary ingredient at any neighborhood drug store.
Anyone who’s ever had a stuffy nose knows the wonders a steaming-hot shower can do for clearing up your nasal passages. Steam flushes out mucus and moistens dry nasal passages, making it much easier for you to breathe. The method also packs an added benefit for allergy-sufferers: a quick rinse in a hot shower can help remove harmful allergens from your skin and hair and prevent them from spreading around your house.