This post about preventing seasonal allergies naturally was inspired by a collaboration with SCOTTIES. All opinions are my own.
Seasonal allergies can make you miserable. I know because I’m speaking from experience. It seems like once they hit, it takes forever for the symptoms to go away too. These days, I spend more time trying to prevent my allergies so I don’t have to deal with those flare ups. The good news is that there are ways of preventing seasonal allergies naturally so that you don’t always have to reach for an allergy pill. Whether you use saline spray to clear up the congestion or protect yourself when doing yard work, these natural remedies for dealing with seasonal allergies will make allergy season much more enjoyable.
Use Saline Spray
Saline spray is just what it sounds like – a nasal spray made of salt and water. Saline spray can help clear congestion and it’s recommended that you use it before bed to help open you up before sleeping. Another benefit is that saline spray is not addictive. Medicated nasal sprays are addictive and can be hard to stop after using for the entire allergy season. Unlike those, saline sprays are totally safe and can be used during and even before an allergy flare-up for preventing seasonal allergies.
Close the Windows
The first thing I want to do on warm days in the Spring is open the windows in our home. A nice spring breeze is wonderful, until you think about the amount of pollen being blown into your home. If you want to breathe easier (literally), close your windows and cool your home with your air conditioner. Just make sure to change the filters on your unit regularly and invest in an allergen filter. This will help keep your home pollen-free.
Protect Yourself When Doing Yard Work
Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and do some yard work. At this point in my allergies there’s no way that I can mow the lawn, but I have to remember that it’s not just mowing that can set off my symptoms. Unfortunately gardening and other outdoor activities can stir up pollen too. Wearing a mask is always a great idea to keep the allergens from entering your airways. When you come indoors, change clothes immediately so that you limit how much pollen is spread throughout your home.
Check the Allergy Index
If you’re planning outdoor activities, check the allergy index through your news station’s website or a weather website. This will give you an idea of how bad the pollen count is going to be for the day allows you to plan your day accordingly.
Inhale Essential Oils
Essential oils are another great way to reduce congestion, but are also a great way to prevent allergy symptoms as well. I love to diffuse a blend of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils all Spring for preventing seasonal allergy symptoms. You can also pour essential oils into a hot bowl of water and place your head over the bowl along with a towel to inhale the oils. If you’re already congested this is a fabulous way to use essential oils and some of the best ones for congestion include lavender, citrus, oregano, peppermint, and eucalyptus.
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but no matter how hard you work at preventing seasonal allergies, they seem to always creep in at least a little. I know that by doing these activities I greatly lessen my symptoms, but I do still have some symptoms each season with flare-ups, especially when the lilacs are in bloom. That’s why I always have a stockpile of tissues!
SCOTTIES tissues are my family’s favorite not only because of their gorgeous box designs, but because of their Tree Planting Promise. Scotties promise is that “We plant three trees for every one we use to produce SCOTTIES products”. SCOTTIES has tissues for every type of nose, especially the noses going through allergy season. With options like 2-ply for everyday, 3-ply for extra strength, and aloe for sensitive noses, there’s a box that is perfect for helping relieve allergy symptoms.
You don’t have to reach for an allergy medicine for preventing seasonal allergies, although you will want to have a box of tissues on hand, just in case. Whether you check the allergy index or inhale essential oils, there are natural ways to help prevent seasonal allergy flare-ups.
What are some things you do when it comes to preventing seasonal allergies?