Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? Do they seem worse than ever? I know how you feel. My seasonal allergies have really changed this year—for the worse. Many of my clients with seasonal allergies report they are suffering more this year, with symptoms varying from dry itchy eyes and stuffy nose to sinus pressure and ear congestion with dizziness. I believe it’s due to the weather changes this spring and summer.
To alleviate your suffering, likely you’ve tried prescription and over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays with steroids, etc. With my changes in allergy symptoms, I decided to try a different approach and search for natural products and solutions. Here are 8 ways I’ve found to control seasonal allergies (any suggested products can be purchased online or in health food and/or drug stores, such as Walgreens and CVS):
- Nettle tea. This is excellent for allergies. You can buy it in bulk. Steep in hot water and drink 1-2 cups daily. You can also have it iced.
- XLEAR. Unlike normal saline nasal sprays that dry out nasal passages, this natural nasal saline spray contains xylitol, which cleanses and moisturizes, and grapefruit seed extract, which has antibacterial properties.
- Alkalol. This nasal wash and mucus solvent helps clear and moisturize nasal passages. It’s drug-free and contains a blend of natural extracts and aromatic oils, such as cinnamon, wintergreen and spearmint oils.
- Neti Pot. You can use a Neti Pot to alleviate sinus and allergy problems. I suggest using the Alkalol liquid with it as it’s stronger than a saline rinse.
- Air purifier. Using an air purifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom at night, can help clear allergens in the air.
- Clean your air ducts. The air in your home should be as clean as possible. In addition to dust, your air ducts can contain pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mildew, mold spores and other toxins. When you suffer from allergies, you can be particularly sensitive to these airborne particles. Periodically cleaning your air ducts can help.
- Replace your home’s air filter. Use enhanced air filters for your home to reduce pollen, dust, lint, dust mite debris, pet dander and mold spores.
- Monitor the pollen count. There are apps (many are free!) that can help you track the pollen count in your area. Limit your outdoor activities on days when the count is high. Be aware, though, that on humid, rainy or windy days, environmental toxins/mold can be more concentrated in the air and may not be reflected in the pollen count. Your symptoms may increase on those days.