Just when the weather finally warms up, you’re stuck inside nursing a runny nose and red, itchy eyes between bouts of constant sneezing. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer with Spring allergies every year. As the trees, grasses and flowers bloom, pollen gets released into the atmosphere. This is good for nature, as it helps fertilize other plants. But when these pollen particles get into the eyes and nasal passages of someone who is allergic, they can throw an immune system out of whack.
The good news? There are natural remedies that not only ease allergy symptoms, but leave you feeling pampered, too. Here, our friends at 21 Drops share 7 soothing ways to naturally outsmart allergy season.
1. Take a steam bath.
Calm your nerves and irritated nasal passageways with a soothing steam bath. To supercharge your relief, mix a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, spruce or white fir into a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head and breathe deeply for 5 to 10 minutes with your eyes closed. The strong, piney aromas will help you unwind while breaking up congestion and opening your lungs for deep breathing.
2. Strike a new yoga pose.
Annoying allergy symptoms can cause stress levels to surge, increasing inflammation and making you feel worse than you already do. Breathe easier with Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) or Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). Inverted poses increase circulation and flush clogged sinuses, while deep-breathing exercises in yoga boost your body’s relaxation response.
3. Eat fresh.
Snacking on some of your favorite foods could be your best defense against spring allergies. Research shows anti-inflammatory properties of apples, oranges, grapes, tomatoes, seafood and nuts can boost immunity and reduce inflammation, helping ease irritation in your nose and throat. Looking for a little kick? Spices like cayenne pepper, garlic, anise or ginger can help clear congestion. When you feel your allergies kicking in, generously sprinkle these spices onto meals and sneak into smoothies.
4. Get a detox massage.