I always knew I had allergies. I’d taken seasonal allergy meds since I was about 12 and then started to take them year round around age 16. I finally got tested about a year and a half ago and found out they were worse they I imagined. In fact in the 100 things they tested me for I only didn’t react to about 5 things. (Wheat, dairy, peaches, peas, and pears I think)
Want to know a true fact? I haven’t taken a SINGLE allergy pill in a year. Natural living is amazing!
I thought since seasonal allergy season is upon us I’d share some of the things I’ve been doing that are helping me cope and save me from taking another over the counter med.
1. Stop eating processed foods. We’ve slowly made the change over to real foods in the last year and a half. Now we eat only organic and natural food. I personally think this has been the best thing that I could have done. I’m proud to say that we haven’t eaten out in over a year and a half. We know what’s in our food and we try hard to make that as healthy as we can.
2. Keeping the house clean. Make sure you don’t wear shoes in the house after being outside. Dust at least once a week.
3. Keep yourself clean. Shower at night to get any pollen or irritants out of your hair and off your skin. Also make sure your bedroom and sheets stay clean. Wash them at least once a week. You spend 30% or more of your day in your bedroom sleeping, make sure you aren’t gathering irritants while your body is recharging!
4. Be more careful with your allergens in the last few days of your monthly cycle. My allergist informed that that this is when the worst reactions will take place because of your changing hormone levels.
5. Use a nasal saline. My allergist wanted me to try a nasal spray but those tend to make me dizzy. Your nasal passages are a natural way to filter allergens. Keep them clean by using a simple nasal saline. (Which is basically just salt and purified water, do not purchase the ones with added scents.) I do not recommend making your own unless you use pure filtered water. NEVER use tap water to make a nasal solution.
6. If your allergies are particularly acting up, cut out dairy and chocolate for a little while. Both products cause inflammatory reactions when eaten.
7. Get air purifiers. Make sure they are the HEPA filter kind. Also make sure that your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter.
8. Don’t hang your clothes out on the line. Clothes hung outside can collect pollen and other allergens. This one kills the frugal girl inside me but instead I compromise by having a drying rack inside the house.
9. Only use “green” brand facial tissues. I’ll explain this one in detail in another upcoming post!
10. Keep the windows closed. (Perfect excuse to have to install air conditioning! If you do have to open the windows, cover them with an air filter you can cut to fit the window. (Like the ones they make for furnaces.)
You can also check the pollen count before you decide on your activities for the day. If your area is in a high alert you might want to plan something indoors.
What are some natural ways you make your allergies better?