Are you ready for allergy season?
We had such a long winter here in the Northeast. It is such a blessing to have the sunshine and warm weather ahead of us, but when everything begins blooming all at once, allergy season will arrived in full force.
Here's what it typically looks like for me -- When I look out my window, I see my apple tree blossoms, hedgerow, and azaleas starting to bloom. Pollen begins leaving a layer of green atop my car. My eyes become watery and red, my nose gets stuffy. There is that tickle in my throat that I get this time every year.
Usually I end up at the doctor with a prescription for allergy medicine. Last year, though, I followed some other tips for complementary allergy relief and found them helpful. Here are some helpful tips I have for you that you may find useful when it comes to dealing with your seasonal allergies.
1. Consider a Neti pot.
Have you tried a Neti Pot yet? You can find them at drugstores and handmade on Etsy. They really work like a charm -- they are nasal irrigators -- and can give immediate relief to your stuffy nose. I was very intimidated at the thought of using something like this, but really find my Neti pot to be incredibly helpful.
2. Have a cup of tea.
Have you heard of Rooibos tea before? It is my favorite variety of tea. Rooibos is a caffeine-free red bush tea. Rooibos tends to taste a bit sweeter, even though they are sugar free. What is so helpful about Rooibos is that two of the bioflavonoids it contains, quercitin and rutin, are both natural antihistamines. I always reach for one of my favorite teas when my allergies are bothering me.
As much as I am not fond of allergies. I think it is almost worth the trade off to be looking at the beautiful blooms in my garden this spring!
Do you have any tips for allergy relief? Share with us in the comments below.
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