It’s back and in full force! Hay Fever comes back every spring and Pollen is hanging around longer because of the warm weather, leaving most of us suffering and drowning in allergy meds. We’re here to tell you there is a better way.
We’ve put together a list of survival tips that don’t include allergy medications, doctors or shots! You’ll be feeling better in no time. BONUS: these tips are all good for you and easy to do! No excuses and no more tissues.
1) Sweat it out.
Most of us have heard or know about this trick when we have a cold, but it works for allergies too! A good blast of cardio activity several days during the week naturally reduces symptoms from allergies. Allergies cause blood vessels in your nose to swell, which leads to congestion, but during a workout, your body directs blood flow to the hardworking parts of your body that need it the most. The blood vessels in your nose are no longer a priority; the vessels constrict which eases congestion! A good F.Y.I, on high-pollen days (Click here to check out daily pollen levels!) it’s best to avoid outdoor exercise until the afternoon (levels hit their peak in the am).
2) Regular exercise = goodbye allergies.
It’s true, allergies can make us miserable and without hitting the drug store we often feel helpless. Regular exercise is a great way to take charge and show those allergies whose boss! Physical activity results in strong blood flow and this allows allergens to be moved quickly through the body and filtered out via the kidneys and skin. When we don’t exercise our blood flow becomes sluggish causing stagnant allergens to gather in a fixed position, which begins to destroy the tissues around them. When we are moving, the allergens in our bloodstream move too preventing inflammation leading to all those awful symptoms. BONUS tip: Aquatic exercise provides the ideal environment for allergy sufferers. The humid, warm air helps clear sinuses and is gentle on lungs. Don’t have access to a pool? Steam showers work well too. F.Y.I Did you know that we have steam showers?!
3) Dairy free.
Milk and diary by-products increase mucus production, (eww) so cutting back when you have symptoms will help with breathing, sinus pressure and congestion. Even a small amount of dairy can increase your body’s inflammation levels and suppress your immune system by more than 50%!
4) Natural Remedies.
Although prescription and over the counter mediations can provide relief from our allergy symptoms, they often come with their own symptoms, leaving us foggy, tired, or utterly useless. Treatments such as Aromatherapy using essential oils are a great natural alternative and can provide excellent relief without the symptoms.
Here are two suggestions:
Lavender is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory.
Here’s how to use it:
•Topically: by applying 1 drop to your cheeks, forehead and sinuses as needed and several drops to the soles of your feet before bed.
• Diffuse: add lavender to a cold diffuser for 15 minutes every 2 hours; this can be done during the day or next to your bed at night.
• Inhalation: apply 1-2 drops of the oil to your palms, rub together and cup over nose and deeply inhale 4-6 breaths.
Peppermint, which has pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, is also great for nasal congestion.
Here’s how to use it:
•Topically: apply 1 drop of oil to the base of your neck twice daily, you can also dilute it in olive oil and apply around your nostrils. (Be sure to dilute the peppermint before applying.)
•Diffuse: add peppermint to diffuser and use through out the day or by your bed at night.
•Inhalation: apply 1-2 drops in palm, rub together, cup over you nose and deeply inhale 4-6 breaths.
There you have it, sweet relief! We’re all in this together, but there’s no need to suffer, or be doped up on allergy mediation. Use these simple and good for you tricks to beat Hay fever at it’s own game and get back to enjoying spring!