These natural allergy treatments range from flushes to supplements, and help relieve the symptoms of spring dust, mold, or pollen.
These allergy tips are from Dr. Holly Lucille, a naturopathic physician.
Before the tips, a quip:
“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours,” says writer James Thurber. “I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.”
Okay, the following natural allergy treatments won’t work if you’re allergic to being awake, but they could help with spring pollen, mold, and dust allergies! Here are Dr Lucille’s ten treatment tips for spring allergies….
10 Natural Allergy Treatments for Dust, Mold, and Pollen
“By taking care to avoid pollen and using a natural sinus relief formula, a person with allergies can dramatically reduce symptoms and the number of days he or she is out of commission,” says Dr Lucille.
It’s important to remember that what stops spring allergies for one person doesn’t necessarily treat someone else’s allergies! Give each of these natural allergy treatments a try until you find what works for you.
Try herbal products to relieve symptoms of allergies
Look for a formula with caper, olive leaf, black currant, and Panax ginseng, like Enzymatic Therapy Seasonal Freedom. It’s been clinically shown to decrease the body’s response to allergen triggers by up to 70 percent. This dietary supplement contains a 4-Seasons herbal blend that’s fast-acting and delivers relief, without making you sleepy or jittery.
Stay hydrated to breathe easier
This natural allergy treatment tip involves drinking lots of liquids to help flush out mucus. However, when you hydrate, you also need minerals to hold onto the water. Sodium maintains water balance outside the cells, while potassium, magnesium and calcium-all available in a good multivitamin with minerals-help to maintain water balance inside the cells. In addition to stopping springtime allergies, it could help with weight loss and overall health!
Protect yourself from the cause of your allergies
Keep your windows closed at home or in the car during high pollen days and take off your shoes when you come in the house. Much of the household dirt, dust, and allergens come from the bottom of shoes. Another natural allergy treatment tip is to dust your furniture and shelves regularly.
For more home-based organic cleaning tips, read 8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly.
Consider a nasal flush to treat allergies
Flushing your nasal pasages with saline (salt) water can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms and stop spring allergies. A nasal flush provides natural allergy relief by flushing out pollen and thinning out the mucus, to help clear nasal passages.
Work outside when pollen counts are low
Save exercise or yard work for the afternoon, since pollen counts are highest from 5 am to 10 am. If possible, delegate the yard work to someone who doesn’t have spring allergies! If you must do yard work, use a pollen-filtering mask. You may feel silly, but it’s a great natural allergy treatment.
Monitor air quality and check pollen count reports
Rainy, cloudy, and windless days usually have lower pollen counts. The best time to go outside is after a good rainfall — the rain helps to clear pollen from the air, and the allergies from your system.
Take probiotics that treat allergies naturally
Because imbalances of intestinal flora are common for people who have allergies, probiotics may be a good way to treat allergic reactions. Probiotic comes from pro, which means ‘for’, and bios, which means ‘life.’ So probiotic literally means “for life.” Probiotics are the good bacteria, such as Lactobaccillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum that live in our intestines and are essential for the maintenance of strong immune systems. Getting your probiotics, whether in yogurt or in a supplement such as Enzymatic Therapy – Acidophilus Pearls, is a great way to boost total body immunity and stop spring allergies.
Wash bedding in hot water (130°F) on a weekly basis
In addition to washing bedding, a natural allergy treatment is to also wash stuffed animals regularly. If the stuffed animal is too delicate or too large for the washer, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24-48 hours. This will help kill dust mites and relieve allergies (especially for children!).
Cover mattresses and pillows in zippered dust-proof covers
These allergen-impermeable covers help minimize the penetration of allergens, which also helps relieve allergies. Also, it’s very important to declutter your home to reduce dust and dirt! Read How to Declutter Your Home and Be Clutter Free for easy, effective tips.
Keep humidity levels low
To remedy your allergies naturally, keep the air conditioning set at a lower temperature and reduce moisture around the home. Dehumidifiers will help reduce both mold and dust mites, and help stop spring allergies.
Speaking of treating springtime allergies – have you tried acupuncture? I wrote an article on acupuncture for snoring — though the focus isn’t on allergy treatments, the principles of how acupuncture works as a natural treatment are the same!
If you’re looking for a natural supplement to stop spring allergies, try Source Naturals Allercetin Allergy & Sinus, Homeopathic Tablets.
And if you have any thoughts about these natural allergy treatment tips, please comment below…
I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.