The beauty of spring comes with a price for many of us who suffer with seasonal allergies this time of year. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose and congestion are just a few of the irritations that allergy sufferers experience, however there are things you can do at home to help alleviate these symptoms and keep your nasal passages from drying out.
1) Neti Pot or Saline Rinse
As a suffer of seasonal allergies, I found this extremely under rated, as it actually works! If you can stomach the experience of pouring water into one nostril and seeing it drip out the other, it is worth it. Flushing out the allergens with this sterile salt saline solution will relieve and soothe your sinuses and help prevent future sinus infections. The Neti Pot or Saline Rinse can be found at any drug store in the cold/allergy section.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients to have around your home. ACV is often recommended for a variety of health conditions, from heart burn to allergy relief. Look for organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar that is labeled “With the Mother” which basically means it contains good bacteria, like Braggs. ACV has been known to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system, which will in turn provide allergy relief. Add a teaspoon of ACV into 8oz of water and drink 2-3 times a day.
3) Shower at Bedtime
The average person spends anywhere between 6-8 hours sleeping. Allergens from the day infiltrate your hair, skin, nose, eventually finding their way onto your bed sheets and pillowcase. Make your bedroom an allergy free zone, meaning showering before bed, having clean linens, and turning on your AC and keeping windows closed. If you’re congested, try adding a couple drops of eucalyptus oil to your shower.
4) Warm Compress
If you have allergies, you could end up with sinus and eye pressure which isn’t a very pleasant feeling. Try applying a warm compress across the area of congestion to relive pressure and help drain mucous. You can purchase these warm compresses on Amazon, or check out SacksyThyme.com. Try purchasing one that can be used warm or cold, which are a must have for migraine sufferers as well.
5) Prop Up Your Pillow
At night, keep your head propped up on a couple pillows. This will make you a bit more comfortable and help the mucous drain out. This will also help alleviate sinus pressure in your head. Make sure to also wash your pillows and pillow cases often during allergy season.
Of course, these helpful hints and tips are not intended to treat or diagnose any medical issues. If you suspect you may have a sinus infection, or are not getting better within a few days, please see your doctor, or seek medical attention.