Home remedies for Spring Allergies
Introduction: Blooming flowers, smell of fresh green grass and the gentle breeze. Who would not like the season of spring? But there are some who abhor spring like anything. The reason behind this is the different kinds of allergies that the spring season brings with it. For such people, spring is ‘allergy season’. When our body comes in contact with any foreign substances viz. pollen, mould spores, an automatic and natural process starts and our immune systems respond to this attack of foreign substances by producing antibodies. These antibodies release a chemical known as histamine. This histamine results in the spring allergy. This is a normal process but when our body over-reacts to such non-harmful substances, it ends with the symptoms of allergies. We describe below best Home Remedies for Spring Allergies:
Symptoms of Spring Allergies
- Itching in hand palms
- Runny/study/itchy nose
- Itchy/watery/red eyes
- Constant sneezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Chest tightness / pain
Causes of Spring Allergies
- Tree pollen/ grass
- Inhaling mold spores
Home Remedies for Spring Allergies
Spring allergies are best controlled with the use of home remedies. The list of home remedies for spring allergies is quite a long one and most of these home remedies are useful in such conditions.
A list of some of the extremely effective and useful home remedies for spring allergies is provided below. Although these home remedies would be able to resolve your allergy hassle in a couple of days; if you find that your condition is not improving, then do consult a physician too. However, you can still continue using the home remedies for spring allergies along with the treatment provided by the physician. The home remedies would surely accelerate the healing and recovery process.
- Drink lots of water. It will thin your mucus and help in take out of your body.
- If you are suffering with itchy eyes due to spring allergy then place refrigerated and wet chamomile tea bags over your eyes for 3 to 5 minutes. It will provide relief to itchy eyes.
- If your nose is blocked, you may use peppermint. Boil some a cup of water put some fresh leaves and steep for few minutes. Now enjoy this tea. It will clear your sinus and help in breathing easily. You may also inhale it.
- Boil a cup of water and add some fresh thyme. Steep for 1 to 2 minutes. Drink this tea. It will help in treating the spring allergy symptoms like congestion, sore throats, coughing etc. You can add 1 tsp. of honey in it. Commercially available thyme tea bags can also be used.
- Enjoy ginger tea by adding 1 tsp. of grated ginger while preparing tea. It will provide relief in sore throat and also works as natural pain killer.
More Home Remedies for Spring Allergies
- One more may to use ginger for spring allergy is to boil a cup of water. Add 1 tsp. of grated ginger or dried ginger powder. Strain and add honey. Having this tea regularly would relieve you from the allergy.
- Cayenne peppers are rich in quercetin that prevents the release of histamines and other inflammatory chemicals that causes allergy symptoms. It also helps to provide relief in pain due to sore throat.
- Drink apple cider vinegar. It will provide you relief from sinus due to spring allergy.
- Mix 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. of local honey in one glass of hot water. Take it twice a day.
This also helps
- Consume local honey. It will build your resistance to local pollen.
- Increase the intake of vitamin C in your daily diet.
- Include fruits and vegetables (dark green, leafy vegetables, yellow and orange vegetables, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beet tops, beets etc.) in your diet which are high in antioxidants.
- Include flax seeds, walnuts, salmon and sardines in your diet which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These are natural anti-inflammatory.
Precautions while using Home Remedies for Spring Allergies
- Avoid moving outside early in the morning, as pollen counts are high at this time.
- Take bath before going to bed in the night. It will help you in bringing out the pollen from your hair and skin which may affect you.
- Don’t forget to change your clothes after a day outside.
- If you have pets, you should give them regular bath, as pollen and other allergens can get stuck in their fur.
- Avoid carpets in your house as they may have substances of allergens and they are hard to keep clean.
- Change the filters of your air conditioner in every 2 to 3 month.
- During the spring season avoid drying your clothes in open as pollen may stick to them.