There are a few things you can try at home to help with your seasonal allergies. Even though these natural remedies might not work as quickly as medicine, over time, they will help to reduce allergies and their symptoms. However, thanks to ongoing research and interest in natural living, there is a growing list of natural ways to alleviate allergies.
Despite our society’s over-dependency on prescription medication, there still remains a great deal of interest in allergy relief minus meds which only mask the problem instead of curing or controlling it. Here is a list of some natural remedies you can try to control your allergy symptoms.
Hidden Allergy Triggers
Allergies are triggered by several elements. Common allergy triggers include dust/dust mites, smoke, pet dander, and pollen. However, most people are unaware that specific elements could also lead to allergy problems.
Things such as roach droppings, fabrics, food, mold, insect stings/bites, and pollen from specific trees, such as maple or olive, are also hidden, allergy instigators. And, if you have asthma, a reaction to any offending allergy-causing substance can worsen your asthma symptoms.
Still, there are steps you can take to prevent and treat allergy attacks when they occur without having to resort to meds.
Understanding Your Environment Can Help You Control it.
Because your allergies can be triggered by any number or combination of causes, your best bet is to understand the sources of allergies and then do what you can to control these areas.
Dust Mites: One of the most common causes of allergies is microscopic dust mites that often gather in mattresses and bedding. This fact becomes even more troubling when you consider that a good third of your 24 hours is spent in this space. Reduce your exposure by covering box springs, mattresses, and pillows in dust-proof or allergen-proof covers. Also, wash your sheets about once a week and stay away from down/feathered comforters and pillows.
Window Treatments: Curtains and drapes collect dust, smoke, and other allergens. Wash them frequently in hot water. However, replace them with easy-to-dust blinds or shutters, preferably made of natural materials like bamboo.
Mattresses and Your Health – Mattresses are wrapped in plastics and treated with flame retardants. This is particularly important if you have a child, as it may harm your child’s health and development. If you have a synthetic mattress, air it outdoors before bringing it into your home. Cover the mattress with wool or an organic mattress pad. An allergen-proof mattress casing can significantly reduce allergy symptoms.
Synthetic Fibers: Synthetic fibers are created with materials that sometimes contain harmful chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll soon realize that your allergies aren’t limited to your sinus but also show up on your skin in the form of a minor to major rash. Try washing your clothes in fragrance-free and dye-free detergents.
Carpets as Large-Scaled Magnets: Like sponges, carpets attract pollutants like mold and dust. They also emit chemical fumes long after they’re installed. If possible, replace carpets with bamboo or linoleum flooring, both wallet and eco-friendly.
Air Freshener Fad: Everyone knows cleaner air means a healthier you. However, many people make the mistake of hiding (or trying to hide) bad air. Instead of covering up odors with more odors, such as fresheners, it can irritate the lungs, cause headaches, and numb your nose to odors. Try purifying the air more naturally by opening windows, using simple vinegar cleaning solutions, and using an air purifier for a far more natural effect.
You can also run your air conditioner and air filters to absorb the pollen from the air in your home. However, don’t use window or attic fans, which can increase pollen inflow. Also, keep your windows closed during the spring/summer allergy season.
How can I cure my allergies naturally?
Natural Air Purifiers: Indoor house plants act like natural air purifiers. The foliage and roots work to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials. Ferns, for example, are ideal plants for homes with pets and kids. However, you can always opt for a real air purifier if you want to avoid dealing with plant maintenance and care.
Eat the right Foods: Foods may also act as an allergen. The most common foods our bodies may treat as an allergen are wheat, milk, eggs, corn, yeast, coffee, and chocolate. To help fight allergies, make sure you drink a lot of water, increase your vegetable intake, and try to eat more fish. These foods are full of natural vitamins that help fight allergens.
While most people treat allergies like an unwanted seasonal visitor, the fact is that a combination of understanding allergy triggers, plus a few key steps you can take to limit them, will ensure that you do not become a victim of allergy attacks. These tips will take time and work, and they probably won’t get rid of your allergy symptoms completely. The key is keeping a clean environment – including your air quality.