Spring is in full bloom, and for many of that means our allergies are also in full bloom. But don’t let itchy eyes, coughing, and a sore throat hold you back from your daily routine. However, before you reach for your typical allergy medication, consider this: many allergy medications can cause a “fog” as a side effect. So while you’ll have some relief from various allergy-induced ailments, you may not feel entirely up to par. Consider the following natural remedies for allergies – but make sure to discuss them with your doctor before implementing:
Saline nose rinse
You can use saline squirt bottles, a spray bottle (this type creates a mist as opposed to a steady stream), or even a Neti Pot to rinse out your sinuses. Saline is gentle enough to use in your muscuous membranes, and is effective at flushing out stray allergens that could be triggering the worst of your allergies.
A humidifier, ideally a cool-mist one, will help to trap and neutralize pollen, dander, and dust particles that are floating around in the air inside your home. Additionally, the increased moisture can soothe dry, irritated nasal passages.
Honey not only soothes sore throats, but it’s thought that perhaps the pollen that goes into the bees’ production of honey works on the human body’s immune system like a miniature allergy shot.
Stinging Nettle Leaf Herb
This herb is actually used in many allergy medications, so it makes sense that on its own it can also be effective at minimizing allergies. Boil the leaves, or buy it in tea form, and enjoy with a splash of honey.