Shan and I have been in allergy misery and from the looks of social media we are not alone. Sinus pressure, itchy eyes/throat and congestion – absolutely zero fun no matter how nice it is outdoors. Over the counter antihistamines provide great relief but they come with a dose of drowsiness (something a pregnant woman already has more than enough of). After doing some research I have discovered a few at home tricks to battling allergies this season. Whether or not they work is debatable but at this point I am willing to try anything.
1 Local Honey eating honey produced by bees in your region can help relieve some of the discomfort. The bees transfer pollen from flower blossoms to honey, so if you eat a little honey every day you’ll gradually become immune against the effects of pollen. Unfortunately there is not a lot of scientific proof out there but almost every study does conclude that consuming local honey is best for your health overall.
2 Supplements Butterbur is best known to reduce airway inflammation and headaches (many claim it’s better than over the counter antihistamines). Bromelain, which is found in pineapple, reduces swelling and improves breathing.
3 Showering sounds simple enough but a quick rinse after being outdoors removes allergens from skin and prevents them from being tracked into the home. The steam can also provide relieve to a clogged airway.
4 Eucalyptus Oil with it’s strong, piney odor this oil helps amplify steam inhalation which clears the nasal passages and sinuses. Add a few drops to the floor of your shower or tub before taking a steam.
5 Spicy Foods a good kick start to clearing stubborn mucus. Wasabi in particular works well.
6 Peppermint Tea the menthol found in this tea works as a decongestant and expectorant. I have also found headache relief by sipping on a yummy cup of this.
Do you have any natural at home remedies to combating allergy season? We would love to hear about them!