April 6, 2021 — Spring has almost fully sprung, and while everyone loves the warmer weather and sunshine, many people find themselves struggling with seasonal allergies. This time of year can be especially difficult if over-the-counter antihistamines don’t do much to relieve your symptoms, or if you prefer to not have to take a pill everyday. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of home remedies to help you comfortably make it through allergy season.
Neti Pot and Saline Spray
A Neti Pot is a small teapot-like device that rinses your nasal cavity with a saline solution, flushing out allergens and loosening mucus. The process of using a Neti Pot is simple. You fill the pot with warm distilled water and saline solvent and tilt your head to the side. Once you are in position, you can pour the solution into one nostril and let it flow out of the other.
For those that might want a simpler solution, a nasal saline spray might be a good option to help your seasonal allergies. This is a bit easier and may be similarly effective in soothing your allergy congestion.
Honey is a great, delicious way to help with seasonal allergies! Local honey is typically the way to go because the bees in your area have spread pollen from flowers into the honey they make, so your body will be used to having that in its system. It can be added to tea, blended in smoothies, or eaten by itself with a spoon.
Peppermint and green teas have antioxidant properties that can help with your congestion and ease your sore throat. Breathing in the steam from these teas can also be helpful and soothing. We recommend honey and/or lemon in your tea to soothe your entire system!
Breathing in the steam from your tea isn’t the only steam that’s beneficial in helping your congestion and allergies. Hot, steamy showers are an excellent way to clear up your system, and taking showers immediately after being outdoors can wash allergens and pollen off of your skin.
Equipping your entire HVAC system with HEPA filters will trap allergens and make allergy season easier. They are efficient in trapping things such as pet hair, dust, and many other allergens. This will keep the air in your home clean and help you feel better.
At Southwoods, your health is our top priority. These home remedies are simple and will make springtime easier by minimizing (and maybe even eliminating) your allergy symptoms. If you have tried everything and still need medical care to ease your allergies, visit Southwoods Express Care at our Boardman or Campbell locations.