Posted by Nicole on May 19
It’s that time of year again. You're constantly blowing your nose, your eyes are dry and irritated, you're coughing all day long, and you are wondering when allergy season will ever be over.
You don't need to wait for allergy season end to get some relief. What you need are some simple home remedies to clear your sinuses, bolster your immune system, and get back to feeling like yourself.
Below are some suggestions for how you can treat seasonal allergies at home.
1. Remove allergens from your home environment.
Your first step should be to optimize your home environment if you haven't yet. If necessary, replaced the filters in your air conditioning system, selecting the most high-efficiency ones. Use HEPA filters when possible. Considering setting up a dehumidifier as well.
2. Try pulsatile nasal irrigation.
One of the most effective home remedies for seasonal allergies and sinus congestion is pulsatile nasal irrigation. This simply refers to rinsing out your nasal passages.
To do this, you can use a neti pot or a bottle which you squeeze into your nose. You will need to create a sterile saline solution using distilled and boiled water which has had a chance to cool.
3. Give herbal supplements a try.
There are a few herbal supplements and other natural nutrients which can go a long ways toward supporting your sinus health. Some ingredients to look for include quercetin, nettle root extract, butterbur and bromelain. Consider trying our Sinus & Seasonal supplement.
4. Take a probiotic.
The more efficient your immune system is, the better job it will do warding off the unpleasant effects of allergens. To reinforce your immune system, think about taking a probiotic during the allergy season. With healthy flora in your G.I. tract, your immune system will be able to function optimally.
5. Eat a diet which reduces inflammation.
Much of the discomfort associated with allergies is tied to heightened inflammation in your body. One way to counteract your symptoms is therefore to reduce the inflammation.
One approach you can take to accomplishing this is through your diet. To reduce inflammation, you need to decrease your intake of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and increase your intake of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
To do this, avoid greasy fried foods. There are other foods which are high in omega-6 fatty acids which you should not cut out of your diet, but you should try to balance them by eating more foods with high omega-3 fatty acids.
Fish is probably your best choice in this regard, or fish oil supplements. If you are vegetarian, you can try flaxseed supplements instead.
6. Don’t forget about OTC medications.
Finally, alongside natural home remedies for seasonal allergies, you may still find over-the-counter medications helpful as well. Think about trying antihistamines, decongestants, or medications which feature a combination of the two.
Still looking to learn more about seasonal allergies and sinus congestion? Check out 4 Surprising Facts About Allergies, and continue exploring the rest of our blog.