Spring has well and truly arrived, bringing with it blooming flowers, juicy
fruit and warm weather. However, if you are one of the unlucky ones,
you may be well acquainted with the duller side of spring - allergies. Ah yes,
the scratchy, watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, and constant sneezing.
We get it - it’s no way to enjoy the gorgeous change in season - so that’s
why we’ve rounded up our go-to solutions for dealing with allergies in spring.
And don’t worry, it doesn’t involve shutting yourself away until summer!
1. Keep irritants outside
The worst allergens come from outdoors, so the best thing you can do is
keep them there! Try drying your laundry indoors or on a deck or patio
away from grass and pollen exposure. This helps prevent those nasty
irritants from making their way into your house. You can beat allergens at
their own game by ditching outdoor clothes as soon as you come inside
and jumping in the shower to wash away anything on your skin.
2. Ditch the indoor allergens
So you’ve mastered keeping the allergens out but what about the stuff
already in your house? Inside and out, your air quality plays a part in
how well you keep your allergies under wraps. When inside, switch on
an air purifier and vacuum regularly to pick up any allergens that may
have snuck inside. You can also try using a dehumidifier to keep your
indoor air dry.
Additionally, we try and make the stuff inside our homes work for us, rather
than against us. That means using bedding that helps minimise allergic
reactions and keeping furnishings and decor clean. Opting for products like
home that’s not only eco friendly, but also keeps your allergies at bay. We
love a good all natural latex pillow to keep our sinuses clear, not to mention
an all natural cot mattress for little ones with allergies.
There’s a reason the latex pillow is so popular for allergy sufferers; latex
is hypoallergenic, hygienic and antibacterial, as well as dust mite, mould
and mildew resistant - and it doesn’t need any toxic chemicals or tricks
to help you sleep. Just all-natural good stuff.
3. Rinse your sinuses
Cleansing your nasal passages with a saline solution is an easy way to flush
out mucus and allergens, helping to alleviate nasal congestion. Look for a
squeeze bottle or neti pot - a small container with a spout designed for
nasal rinsing - fill it with a saline solution from your local pharmacy and get
cleansing for instant relief.
This one is a bit icky so we suggest undertaking your rinsing quest whilst in the shower.
4. Detox your body
Often, allergies are exacerbated by toxins within the body. So why not give
your body a spring clean? By undertaking a detox to remove unwanted
toxins, the liver is able to better filter the blood and handle allergens,
thereby reducing the load on the immune system.
Try swapping out dairy, alcohol, sugar and processed foods and drinks
for plenty of water and a wholefood diet, including a variety of fruits,
vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Jump over here for foods
that boost the immune system. Further optimise your immune system by
getting an adequate amount of sleep, exercise frequently and take up a
hobby or meditate to reduce stress.
5. Delegate outdoor chores
Maybe our favourite tip of all is to offload all the outdoor chores to someone
else in your household. That means the lawn mowing, weeding, and
anything else that involves being in and around allergy-inducing matter -
especially when the weather is windy and pollen is flying everywhere.
Getting out of chores plus no allergic reactions? You’re welcome.
Allergies are a part of spring, but they don’t have to rule your life. With a few
clever tricks and strategies, you can still enjoy the fresh, sunny season without
the burden of allergies.
Comment below with your go-to tips for allergies in the spring season.