Sniffles, itching, swollen eyes; if you suffer from these symptoms year round then you’ve found the right place. Allergies and sensitivities to anything from pets and dust to the very air we breathe in Autumn can get you down. But there are some natural ways to relieve the symptoms. Here’s 7 popular natural remedies for allergies.
1. Open up your senses with Eucalyptus
Taking deep breaths of Eucalyptus oil is known to open up your lungs and sinuses, improving circulation and airflow. If it feels like you’re breathing better it’s because you are. This potent oil is also effective at killing dust mites in your home. Dab a few drops around your nose to open up your breathing or combine with coconut oil and rub on your chest. If you want a less-local fix then pop it in your diffuser and let it steam its way throughout your home. Lastly, adding a few drops to your load of laundry helps to refresh clothes and rid them of allergy inducing dust. Shop online for great deals on diffusers and air purifiers.
2. Boost your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-inflammatory and your body needs a fresh reserve each day to reap the full benefits. One study found around 2000 milligrams a day could reduce allergy symptoms by up to 40%. Combine a diet full of healthy citrus with a vitamin supplement at night to help reach those daily targets.
3. Fix your bed for the best night’s rest
A lack of sleep lowers your immune system which in turn, increases the irritation related to allergies. But what if itching and sneezing is keeping you awake at night? Treat yourself to a hypoallergenic bamboo mattress topper which should give you an allergy free night’s rest. Continue the trend with natural fibres for your sheets, quilts and a proper down duvet that’s temperature regulated to prevent dust mites.
4. Get serious with your gut
A healthy gut equals a healthy, strong immune system. And a strong immune system is your best defense against minor allergy symptoms since your body is less reactive to every new invader. Probiotics are essential for good gut health and you can get your fill from trending foods like greek yoghurt and kombucha. For a more serious dose try a quality supplement recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.
5. Assess the underlying causes
It’s not always black and white figuring out where your allergies are coming from. As Lucinda Curran, from Eco Health Solutions, knows too well there are many underlying causes of allergies hiding in your home. Frequent exposure to environmental stresses often contribute to a sensitive immune system and in turn higher allergic symptoms.
“I conduct Environmental Health Assessments™ to determine if there are hazards in a home or workplace which may adversely impact health and provide solutions for my clients. What I have found is that when people are chronically exposed to even very low levels of environmental stressors that their sensitivities to all other things increases so they could end up with increased food sensitivities/intolerances, asthma, and allergies.
The best way to reverse this is to address the root of the problem, which may be mould, water damage, electromagnetic fields, poor indoor air quality, allergens. Often, it is as simple as turning off a switch!”
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6. Park your shoes at the door
In high allergy seasons you’re trekking around in the very stuff that causes you grief. Avoid traipsing it throughout your whole home by leaving your shoes at the door and swapping into cosy slippers.
7. Splurge on a proper vacuum
A poor quality vacuum will do more swirling around of the dust in your home than cleaning it up. Whether it’s a handheld, canister or robot vacuum it should have a strong motor and HEPA filter installed which helps to purify the air.
Natural remedies can be a bit hit and miss; what works for some won’t work for others. Try a few options before you decide your allergies are untreatable. And if they become unbearable modern medicine offers many other ways to relieve your symptoms.