Although some regions are yet besieged by the continued wrath of Old Man Winter, most of us are seeing visions of spring. As the trees and flowers begin to bloom, many noses and eyes are starting to run and itch. Allergies can be a pain, and quite expensive to treat. If you are looking for ways to attempt home remedies, you may want to give a few of these simple methods a try:
- Water. This one is simple, but it is the most overlooked. Water beats pollen. Really, it does. Just as that fine collection of yellowish-green dust accumulates on your car and lawn furniture, it is also on your skin, under your nails, and in your hair. YUCK! Wash your hands when you return inside after being out in the pollen and dust. Wash your hair frequently to rid it of airborne allergens. A hot, steamy shower is also a great way to open up stuffy sinus cavities.
- Laundry. Yes, this is a chore. No, this isn’t fun…well, unless you are one of those people who just so happens to love doing laundry. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases often. If you have cloth living room furniture, or throw pillows and blankets, they should be cleaned as well. Washing them often will help rid your home of the allergens that accumulate on these surfaces.
- Saline. Yes, you can buy packaged saline nasal irrigation solutions in the store. However, you can easily prepare a home remedy for the daily irrigation of your nasal passages. An easy solution consists of 1 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of baking soda, dissolved into 1 pint of warm, distilled water. You can use this in place of the solutions typically sold to accompany commercial nasal irrigation systems.
- Sunglasses. I rarely wear my contacts. Why? Allergies. My eyes are too sensitive, and easily irritated. How do I protect my eyes? By wearing glasses. The lenses help to not only block harmful UV rays from the sun, but they also assist in preventing dust and allergens from entering, and harming my eyes.
- Peppermint Tea. This is a fabulous treat for a Mom’s alone time, but it can also serve a healthy purpose. If you happen to brew your own tea with dried peppermint tea leaves, or use store bought bags, take a few moments to breathe in the steam of your tea. The peppermint works wonders on stuffy noses.
- Doggie Baths. Your furry critters, no matter how cute they may be, are major allergy carriers. Their frequent outdoor frolics, as well as their dander, can wreak havoc upon your allergies! Keep your pets clean, and help yourself breathe easier.
You do not have to allow allergies to prevent you from enjoying the return of spring. You can find the solutions that work the best for you and your lifestyle. These simple tasks require very little, if any, changes to your daily routine. In fact, they are quite easy to incorporate into your everyday life. As you know, you should always consult with your personal healthcare professional before adjusting any of your care choices.
I wish you a wonderful week, clear eyes, and easy breathing 🙂
Until next time,