Seasonal changes aren't welcomed by everyone. For many people, changing seasons means itchy, watery eyes, congestion, and sneezing. Dealing with seasonal allergies isn't fun, especially if your allergies are severe. An immunology doctor can help treat you for seasonal allergies, but it's likely that you'll still experience some symptoms.
Fortunately, there are several things that you can do at home to give you seasonal allergy relief:
Neti pots are used to flush allergens, such as pollen, and mucus from your nasal cavity. Neti pots are simple to use, and flushing out your sinuses gives you instant congestion relief. To make your own saline rinse: mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt, canning salt without anti-caking agents or preservatives works well, with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda in a clean air tight container. When you're ready to use your neti pot:
- Boil 8 ounces of water.
- Pour the water into your neti pot.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of your saline rinse mixture to the boiling water until it's dissolved.
- Allow the water to cool to room temperature.
- Stand over the sink, and tilt your head to one side.
- Pour the solution in one nostril until it flows out the other nostril. Then, repeat the process on the opposite side.
When you're suffering from seasonal allergies, don't soak in a hot bath. Instead, take a long, hot shower. The steam from your shower will clear your nasal passages and help soothe your sinuses. Even though it's only a temporary solution, it's likely that you'll be more productive during the day if you've cleared your sinuses by taking a hot shower in the morning. Also, after you've spent any time outdoors, rinse yourself off in the shower to remove allergens from your skin.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that comes in capsule form, making it easy to take on a daily basis. Alternatively, you can combine nettle leaf, peppermint leaf, and red raspberry leaf to make a soothing herbal tea that will help relieve some of your allergy symptoms. To make herbal tea from nettle leaf:
- Combine two cups red raspberry leaf with a 1/2 cup of nettle leaf and 1/2 cup of peppermint leaf.
- Put 3/4 cup of the mixture in a 1-gallon glass jar.
- Boil 1-gallon of water, and pour the water in the jar. Then, stir the water a few times to mix the herbs around.
- Let the tea sit over night. Then, pour the tea through a strainer, into another container. Put the container in the refrigerator to chill.
Seasonal allergies are common, but having them doesn't mean that you have to suffer. Visit an allergy doctor for treatment, and use natural remedies at home to help relieve some of the symptoms.