If you are an allergy-sufferer like me, you may be looking for natural ways to improve allergies. It is no secret that dealing with allergies can be a pain. Allergies can prevent you from enjoying regular activities like being outdoors or visiting a friend. While we can’t always control the environment we can try to find natural ways to improve allergies at home for ourselves.
1. Pet Dander
One of the easiest natural ways to improve allergies is to avoid allergens. Obviously if you are allergic to certain pet dander, it is not advised to have that sort of pet. My daughter is so in love with cats. I bet she would be a crazed cat woman even at this young age. Unfortunately for her, my husband is deathly allergic to cats. Owning a cat in our home is not an option. We also have to be careful with items that she brings home from other people’s houses that have cats. Most everything gets washed before it can enter our home for the sake of the husband’s allergies.
I feel you on the dust allergy. This is a hard one to get away from. Dust is everywhere, not matter how clean a home you keep. Luckily there are a few key things you can do to further prevent dust and dust mites. Start by special dust mite covers for your bed and pillows. These covers trap the dust inside so it doesn’t get in the air. Dust and vacuum multiple times a week. For children, try to limit the number of stuffed animals in the bedroom and wash the ones that are well loved. If possible, eliminate carpet in your home and change your air filter regularly.
Pollen is another big allergen for my family. Unless you plan to move to the Artic during the spring and summer months, pollen is nearly impossible to avoid. There are a few tips that can help you. Pollen seems to be higher in the mornings. Avoid spending too much time outside around that time of day. When outside, avoid touching your face and rubbing your eyes. When you come inside quickly change your clothes and shower, if possible.
4. Nasal Rinse
I am a strong believer in the mighty powers of a good saline nose rinse. If you have seen the little tea cup looking pots that you mix a packet of saline mixture with water, then you know what I am talking about. You mix it up and tilt your head to the side as you pour the saline mix into one nostril, it flows through your sinus cavities and out the other side. It helps remove any mucus in there and rinse out any allergens hanging around in your nose. I try to do this every night, and sometimes during the day when my allergies are bad.
5. Natural Local Honey
I do want to take a moment to clear up one myth. For years I have heard that eating a tablespoon of local honey everyday would help combat allergies. According to experts this advice is wrong. The idea is that the local honey would contain pollen carried from the bees. By consuming that pollen our bodies create immunity to it. Typically the pollen that causes allergies are tree and grass pollen, not flower pollen, the pollens found in local honey aren’t going to help. Plus it’s not a high enough dose to work like allergy shots.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
I haven’t heard any arguments against this natural allergy remedy, but I haven’t tried it for myself either. It is said you can mix one tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of water and drink the mixture first thing in the morning. You can take it as needed throughout the day as well. I have read many cases where people have reported significant improvements to their allergies after starting apple cider vinegar. Have you tried this for your allergies?
7. See a Doctor
If you have taken all the necessary precautions to prevent allergies and you are still having problems, I strongly urge you to see your doctor. You may be a good candidate for allergy shots or your doctor may suggest a certain OTC allergy medication to help you. The thing is, you shouldn’t have to suffer. There are many ways to improve allergies.
Did you find these 7 natural ways to improve allergies helpful? Got any of your own natural remedies? Please share them.