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Herbs to Relieve Allergy Symptoms

Now that winter is finally behind us and spring is here, so is allergy season. The good news is that there are several herbs that can help relieve allergy symptoms.

As Princess Carey, founder of Herbalosophy101.com, says, “Let nature heal you! Natural remedies, such as herbal healing is the foundation of natural health the way the creator intended”.

Anticatarrhal herbs such as goldenseal, red sage and goldenrod can help eliminate mucus because they help reduce inflammation of the mucus membrane. Other anti-inflammatory herbs that can help ease allergy symptoms include stinging nettle, Ginkgo biloba and licorice.

Astringent herbs like yarrow and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) can help contract inflamed tissues and, as a result, reduce secretions and discharges.

Echinacea, astragalus root, goldenseal root and Brazilian herb Pfaffia paniculata have been shown to help strengthen the immune system, which is especially important for allergy sufferers.

Cayenne pepper has an active ingredient called capsaicin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory agent that helps treat both allergies and asthma. Cayenne pepper also tends to be relatively inexpensive and it’s easy to find. You can simply sprinkle liberal amounts of cayenne pepper on your food to reap its benefits.

Probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bulgaricus and Bifidobacteria can help balance intestinal flora. People who suffer from allergies often have a digestive tract with higher levels of parasites and yeast, which can trigger more allergic reactions by the immune system. (Probiotic supplements should be refrigerated.)

For those suffering from an upset stomach, diarrhea or nausea due to allergies, demulcent herbs can help reduce these symptoms because of their protective effect on mucous membranes, which can ease irritation. Demulcent herbs include marshmallow, slippery elm bark, cabbage juice, okra, fenugreek and aloe vera.

By Jessica Braun – Jessica is a freelance writer for WholesomeOne. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.

Review by Princess Carey, Holistic Nutritionist & founder of Herbalosophy101

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6 Environmental Triggers for Asthma and Allergies

Asthma and allergies affect more than 20 million people in the United States. Most that suffer know that their triggers can come from a variety of sources. Some may be organic, some may be synthetic, but almost all symptoms come from environmental triggers. Here are 6 environmental triggers that affect allergy and asthma symptoms.

  • POLLEN – The number one environmental trigger for seasonal allergies and asthma. The biggest offender when it comes to pollen comes from Ragweed and other grasses. The best strategy for avoiding this trigger is to avoid excessive outdoor exposure during its peak times (Between 5am and 10am). Most of the weeds and grasses peak in the fall and spring, but can also cause problems during the summer months. Always washing your hands and face and changing clothes after outdoor exposure is an effective way to help alleviate symptoms as well.
  • MOLD – Mold is a year-round culprit of asthma and allergy triggers. It can be found in homes, cars, workplaces, outdoors, and schools. Mold can sometimes be undetectable without proper testing, but the spores can be deadly to those that suffer from asthma. The best defense against mold is to use a dehumidifier especially where you sleep. Mold thrives on moisture so always vent area’s that have moisture such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry areas. Mold tests can be purchased at local hardware stores to determine if and what kind of mold is present in your home.
  • ANIMAL DANDER – Many people that suffer from allergy symptoms from animal’s often think it is the fur that causes the problem. In reality, the fur is harmless, it’s the dander that the animal secretes and releases. If possible the best solution is to remove the animals from the home if possible. If it isn’t possible, the next best option is to always keep animals out of the bedrooms, bath them weekly to remove as much dander as possible, and wash your hands after exposure.
  • CIGARETTE SMOKE – This man-made trigger can affect both asthma and allergies. Containing many different toxins and irritants, cigarette smoke can cause wheezing, itchy eyes, and even skin irritation. Avoiding both first hand and second hand smoke is the only way to eliminate this environmental trigger. If exposure is unavoidable then it is important to change clothes and wash hands immediately after exposure.
  • DUST MITES– Dust mites can be found everywhere – from shelves in your home, sheets and blankets, to the air you breathe. Dust mites aggravate lung function triggering asthma symptoms for those with a sensitivity to dust. They can also cause nasal symptoms, itchy eyes, and coughing. Dust mites are near impossible to eliminate, but you can install HEPA filters to help lessen the population of dust mites. Also, washing linens and curtains in hot water will kill any mites that live in them, but it must be done weekly. Finally, dusting often and keeping the air fresh in your home will also help eliminate this trigger.
  • COCKROACHES – This particular trigger is not as well-known as most, but it is a dangerous element for those with asthma. The protein left by cockroach’s saliva and dropping is a drastic allergen that can trigger major asthma symptoms. If you have cockroaches, it is important to exterminate immediately. It is also imperative to seal foods tightly and wash all linens and clothing in hot water. Clean the home thoroughly and keep it clean.

Environmental triggers come in many forms, but for those suffering from asthma and allergies, they are the enemy. While it may be impossible to eliminate all environmental triggers, taking steps to help lessen them could make allergy and asthma symptoms more tolerable.

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3 Homeopathic Remedies for Children’s Cold and Allergy Symptoms

When allergy season hits it tends to affect the little ones the hardest. Runny noses, dry coughs, itchy eyes, and sore throats are just a few of the symptoms that can make any child miserable. Medicating with heavy antihistamines and decongestants only leave them groggy and feeling restless. A better way to treat children for seasonal allergies is to employ homeopathic health. Here are 3 Homeopathic remedies for children’s most common allergy symptoms.

  • Sabadil Tablets – Temporarily relieves one or more of these symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.
  • Optique 1 Eye Drops  – These eye drops provide for temporary relief of minor eye irritation from airborne irritants such as ragweed, pollen and dust.
  • Histaminum hydrochloricum – A homeopathic remedy that is commonly used for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and muscular and joint pain. It is made from histamine dihydrochloride. It is thought to work by decreasing the amount of histamine released during an allergic response and thereby reducing the effects.

These options are easily attainable and most importantly – safe. When used in conjunction with simple saline nasal spray and good hygiene, you may find that treating your child’s seasonal allergy symptoms may come and go as easily as the seasons do.

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Using Homeopathic Treatments to Combat Seasonal Allergies

Spring has sprung, the flowers are in bloom, the grass is growing, and if you have seasonal allergies – you just added tissues to your weekly shopping list. There are plenty of medications that have been designed to help with the symptoms that seasonal allergies bring, however, it is possible to treat them without clouding yourself with medications.

The first way to bring relief from seasonal allergies is try homeopathic health. Working with a homeopathic allergist, options for treating seasonal allergies include taking a homeopathic dosage of the allergen (30C) at the onset of symptoms to build a tolerance. For example, if one of your triggers is grass, you would incorporate the proper dosage of the chemical component of grass to essentially build a physical tolerance to the reaction that is normally caused by it. Other ways to use homeopathy for seasonal allergies such as hay fever is to utilize Galphimia glauca 3X, 4X, 4C, or 6C. Essentially, adding these homeopathic treatments are going to help your body become accustomed to the triggers for Hay fever and subsequently eliminate the symptoms.

Another way to find relief from seasonal allergies is a more natural approach. Treatments such as honey have long been utilized to help treat allergies. The theory is that bees consume pollen; often times the pollen that triggers seasonal allergies. When we use locally produced honey, we in turn consume honey produced with the same pollen allergens that often cause allergy symptoms. In theory, we ingest a homeopathic dosage of the allergens by eating the local honey. It’s like a mini allergy shot with no side effects.

With these options, it is possible to have relief from seasonal allergies without the side effects associated with common allergy medications. With a homeopathic allergist and some local honey, seasonal allergies could become a thing of the past, allowing you to smell the roses.

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8 Foods that Fight Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies can strike during any season, whether it’s from pollen in the spring, ragweed in the late summer or fall, or dust mites in the winter.

An allergy occurs when the immune system judges an otherwise harmless substance to be foreign and dangerous. The immune system responds by releasing antibodies to attack that substance, known as an allergen. This process leads to the release of histamines, which produce allergy symptoms, including headaches, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, and a runny or stuffy nose.

Allergies suggest an immune system that is incorrectly identifying an innocuous substance as a threat and then attacking it.  Certain nutrient-dense foods can help boost the immune system and reduce the inflammation that causes allergy symptoms.

Here are 8 foods that can help fight the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Broccoli

  • Broccoli is high in Vitamin C, which can act as an antihistamine to reduce the release of the histamines that cause the allergy symptoms. The vitamin has been shown to decrease the inflammation that leads to allergy symptoms. Broccoli also is part of the crucifer family of vegetables, which are rich in nutrients that could help clear congested sinuses. (Cruciferous vegetables also have several cancer-fighting properties.)

Kale

  • Kale also is part of the nutrient-rich crucifer family. Plus, it’s rich in plant pigments called carotenoids, namely beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms by decreasing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.

Carrots

  • Carrots, another vegetable loaded with beta-carotene, also may help ease the inflammation associated with allergy symptoms.

Citrus Fruits

  • Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are high in the antihistamine-acting Vitamin C.

Pumpkins

  • Like kale and carrots, pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, including beta carotene, to help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.

Celery

  • Celery is full of Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds such as the bioflavonoid luteolin, making the vegetable an asset in fighting both allergies and chronic pain.

Onions and Garlic

  • Onions and garlic contain quercetin, a plant flavonoid that can reduce the body’s inflammatory response and act like an antihistamine to slow the body’s production of the histamines that cause the allergy symptoms.

Parsley

  • Parsley is a great source of Vitamin C and can help slow the release of histamines.

So before running to the medicine cabinet for allergy relief, consider the above nutrient-dense foods, all of which can help control allergy symptoms and provide a pathway to better overall health.

Written by Jessica Braun
Jessica is a writer and an editor at WholesomeONE. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com

Reviewed & edited by Dr Jeffrey Lederman

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How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Quality of Life

Seasonal allergies can disrupt people’s lives in a big way.

  • 45% of people who suffer from seasonal allergies say they’ve turned down an invitation to a social event due to allergy symptoms.
  • 81% of people have had their fitness routine affected.

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Homeopathy for Allergies, Quick Guide

Homeopathic medicines work naturally with your body without bringing on sleepiness or drowsiness. There is no risk of overdose and do NOT interact with other medicines. Homeopathy works best when symptoms of illness first appear.

The following is a quick guide to finding which homeopathic single-ingredient medicine is right for the specific allergy symptom.

 

Symptom: Hay fever

Medicine: Galphimia glauca

Directions: Adult and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until relieved or as directed by a doctor.

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Symptom: Irritated eyes and discharge

Medicine: Euphrasia officinalis

Directions: Adult and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until relieved or as directed by a doctor.

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Symptom: Runny nose

Medicine: Natrum muriaticum

Directions: Adult and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day until relieved or as directed by a doctor.

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Reviewed & edited by Julie A. Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAP

Seasonal allergies are the body’s immunological reaction to a foreign particle, known as an allergen, when exposed during different times of the year. Commonly referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, the most common airborne allergens include pollen from trees, grass, plants, or mold spores.

For individuals who are sensitive to these allergens, this exposure causes an immune system response that is the culprit behind the unpleasant–sometimes life-altering–symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies natural treatments are able to address the mind, body, and emotions.

Overview

It is unclear why millions of individuals suffer from seasonal allergies while others do not, but the causation is embedded in the immune system. Through a process referred to as sensitization, the immune system recognizes airborne particles, such as pollen, as harmful invaders and responds to the particles by producing antibodies against it. This means that every time the body is subsequently exposed to the allergens, the immune system automatically releases chemicals into the bloodstream that trigger an allergic response.[1]

sneezing womanHow Seasonal Allergies Feel

Seasonal allergy symptoms feel like a cold, but unlike a cold, are not caused by a virus. These cold-type symptoms are the immune system‘s allergic response to pollen and other allergens brought on by the change of seasons. Seasonal allergies can be experienced at different times throughout the year, as common outdoor allergens bloom in different seasons. Typically, the onset of spring and autumn bring on the worst bouts of seasonal allergies.[2]

Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, runny nose, itching of the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, and ears, itchy and/or water eyes, congestion, sinus pain and pressure, sore or scratchy throat, dry cough, fatigue, and wheezing. Allergy sufferers may experience all, or only some, of the symptoms.

How Seasonal Allergies are Conventionally Treated

There are a plethora of common over-the-counter medications available, but many individuals find themselves turning to prescription drugs to treat more severe cases of seasonal allergies. Prescription nasal sprays are frequently prescribed and among the most popular are Flonase, Nasonex, and Rhinocort. These nasal corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation in the nasal passages and carry rare but potential side effects of long-term steroid use.

Other commonly prescribed medications include antihistamines, which are histamine-blocking. Histamine, the chemical released into the blood stream during an allergic reaction, is the culprit behind sneezing, itchy eyes, and sinus pressure. It is important to be aware that antihistamines may cause drowsiness and should be used with caution before operating machinery or a vehicle. Physicians may also prescribe the use of a decongestant to alleviate congestion symptoms, or oral corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.

Although seasonal allergy symptoms may be challenging, keeping sufferers indoors while others enjoy the change of seasons, it is encouraging that there are a plethora of holistic treatments, precautions, and dietary and lifestyle changes that can help reduce and manage seasonal allergies year round.

Holistic Healing for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

Season allergies affect the whole person, and natural forms of treatment are able to address the mind, body, and emotions. Seasonal allergies are an immune system response that can be attended to through various holistic forms of treatment. Natural allergy treatments include the use of herbal supplements, nasal irrigation, acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, and sublingual immunotherapy.

Herbal Supplements

Instead of turning to over-the-counter antihistamines that can cause drowsiness and other side effects, give quercetin a try. This bioflavonoid, found naturally in onions, apples, red wine, grapefruit, parsley, and leafy greens, is available in supplement form as a natural herbal compound that has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Quercetin works by blocking substances involved with the release of histamine. For best results, begin taking a daily supplement 4-6 weeks prior to allergy season. As always, consult your physician before taking quercetin or any other supplement.[3]

Stinging nettleStinging nettle is a plant with a long medicinal history. Used for hundreds of years to treat a wide variety of ailments, recent studies have shown stinging nettle’s effectiveness in reducing histamine levels. Freeze dried nettle leaf capsules are often taken before the onset of allergy season to preemptively ward off the release of histamine into the body. Stinging nettle may alter the menstrual cycle and cause miscarriages, so pregnant women should avoid it. In addition, nettle may interact with several drugs including anti-platelets, anticoagulants, antihypertensives, diuretics, diabetes medication and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). As always, consult your physician before taking any supplements.[4]

Neti potNasal Irrigation

A very simple and effective method for treating seasonal allergies is the use of a Neti pot. Neti pots have been used for thousands of years and provide an inexpensive method of treatment to irrigate the nasal passages and alleviate allergy symptoms. To flush your sinuses with a Neti pot, fill the pot with a salt-water solution and lean over a sink with your head tiled to one side. Place the spout of the Neti pot in one nostril and gently pour until you feel the solution in your nose. Keep your head tilted and allow the solution to pour out of the other nostril. Blow your nose after the initial application and then repeat the process on the other side, this time tilting your head in the opposite direction.[5]

AcupunctureAcupuncture

Founded on the concept of removing blockages in mental, physical, and emotional life force and energy, acupuncture is the science and art of restoring the balance of natural energy to the body. Developed within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this form of therapy has proven useful in alleviating numerous conditions and disorders. By treating the whole person and working to balance an impaired immune system that is responsible for an allergic response, acupuncture provides a holistic approach to targeting and treating seasonal allergies.

A 2013 study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, examined the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in patients with seasonal allergies. The findings are promising for using acupuncture in combination with other therapies to treat seasonal allergies. Of the study’s participants, those receiving acupuncture treatments in conjunction with their antihistamines experienced an improvement in their overall allergy symptoms and reduction in their antihistamine use than the other groups. Study author, Dr. Benno Brinkhaus, stated, “From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious side effects of the conventional medication. Also because acupuncture is a relative safe treatment.”[6]

AyurvedaAyurvedic Medicine

An Ayurvedic approach to treating seasonal allergies involves eliminating toxins held deep within bodily tissues and striking a balance among the body’s elements. According to Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, “an Ayurvedic approach to treating allergies targets detoxifying the liver, kidneys, and blood, along with eliminating “ama” or toxins from the gut. It focuses on processing undigested food, allergens, and toxins in the digestive system to reduce inflammatory allergic reactions. Panchakarma, known as “the 5 actions” is the optimal form of Ayurvedic detoxification and can extract allergens and ama from deep within the body’s tissues.”

Panchakarma (PK) is an Ayurvedic treatment that involves a series of massages, herbal saunas, colonic therapy, and nutritional changes to cleanse the body of “ama” and eliminate allergy responses. These enjoyable Ayurvedic series of treatments restore a sense of balance and well-being to the allergy sufferer. Panchakarma treatment sessions are available at local Ayurvedic therapy centers under the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner.

Sublingual Immunotherapy

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SILT) is a natural seasonal allergy treatment. Used widely through Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia, SILT involves exposing the individual to small doses of their allergen(s) repeatedly to build up an immunity. Most commonly given in the form of a liquid or tablet, the allergen is placed under the tongue and held there for 1-2 minutes, then swallowed. SILT’s effectiveness has been well-documented over the past 20 years, and it is a beneficial natural treatment option in treating rhinitis, asthma, and itchy eyes caused by allergies to grass and tree pollens.

Side effects of SILT are typically localized and mild and include mouth itching or stomach discomfort. It is highly recommended to seek Sublingual Immunotherapy through an allergist to ensure proper use and dosage.[7]

Holistic Lifestyle Changes

Holistic lifestyle changes are simple, yet effective, daily decisions that can reduce and even prevent the worst bouts of seasonal allergies. While allergy sufferers can’t hide indoors all season long, there are several holistic lifestyle changes that can be made. Additionally, there are many innovative and helpful products that can eliminate allergen triggers from your home environment.

 

allergies - shut windowsA few ways to avoid peak allergy season reactions include:

  • Remain inside with windows closed during peak pollen hours
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days
  • Return outside after a spring rain (the rain helps to clear the air of allergens)
  • Avoid outdoor gardening and chores during early morning hours when the pollen count is highest
  • Wear a dust mask while performing outdoor activities
  • Run the air conditioning in your home and car can to help to clear the air of common allergens
  • Utilize a dehumidifier to reduce dryness from allergies
  • Use a vacuum with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter
  • Wear tight wrap-around sunglasses when outdoors to create a barrier from the eyes

Perhaps one of the most effective ways to improve the air quality of a home and work environment is to use an air purifier. Several types of air purifiers are available including ionizers, ones with HEPA filters, and differing sizes dependent on the space for which it will be cycling air. It is easy to determine what size air purifier to purchase by looking at the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). The CADR reveals the speed and amount of airborne particles to be filtered. When choosing an air purifier for the home or office, be sure to purchase one that has a CADR rating equal to two-thirds of the room size. These air purifiers reduce airborne allergens that make their way into the home to create a clean air environment, which is especially important for seasonal allergy sufferers.

The use of products such as dehumidifiers and air purifiers will also assist in removing allergy triggers from the atmosphere. Be sure to use a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter to ensure that dust, pollen, and other allergens are removed from your home.

Holistic Diet & Nutrition

Diet and nutrition plays a large role in virtually every health condition. Seasonal allergies can be treated by specific dietary changes and a holistic approach to nutrition. Probiotics, an anti-inflammatory diet, specific spices proven to reduce allergic responses, and avoidance of dairy products can all go far in reducing congestion, boosting the immune system, and addressing the root causes behind seasonal allergies.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that exist in the stomach. By taking in probiotics through dietary means, an individual can vastly improve their “gut health” and help to boost the immune system.

Recent research has uncovered a link between the ingestion of probiotic drinks and the reduction in seasonal allergy symptoms. A 2013 study, published in PLOS ONE journal, revealed that regular intake of probiotics had a significant impact on gut health. In turn, this caused a systemic change in cells related to seasonal allergy symptoms,such as those lining the nasal cavity. Probiotics will ensure good gut health, which is vital to a healthy immune system and overall reduced allergic response.[8]

Balancing Omega-3 and Omega-6

You can greatly reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms by following an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in Omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the system and are in short supply in most of our modern day diets. Omega-3 food sources include flax seeds, walnuts, fish, grass fed meat and eggs, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. An additional important dietary change that will have a positive impact on your allergy symptoms is to reduce your Omega-6 intake. This kind of fatty acid is found in most processed foods and will wreak havoc on your inflammation levels. The intake of Omega-6 fats can be significantly reduced by cutting out processed foods and vegetable oils.

TurmericAdd Some Spice

Another way to help combat congestion includes adding naturally spicy foods into your meals. Capsaicin in nightshades like peppers has been shown to reduce congestion. Hot peppers, horseradish, and spicy mustards will all work as natural (and delicious) decongestants on allergy symptoms.

Turmeric is also a wonderful spice to add to an ingredient list during allergy season. This spice, a relation of the ginger family, has a peppery flavor and contains curcumin, which acts as a natural decongestant.[9]

Take the Tea, Hold the Cream

Chamomile TeaIn addition to increasing your Omega-3’s, decreasing Omega-6’s, and including spicy foods into your diet, chamomile tea is another wonderful natural seasonal allergy remedy. Chamomile contains high levels of quercetin, the aforementioned anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

Additionally, eliminating sources of dairy and sugar can help cut down on mucus production, so avoiding adding milk to tea. Limiting or avoiding thick, heavy dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt, and sweets during allergy season can also help keep mucus buildup at bay.

Products & Equipment

Neti Pot ElephantNeti Pot

Neti Pots are an inexpensive product that help to flush irritating pollen and other allergens from the nasal cavities. The accompanying sterile saline solution can be made at home using salt and distilled water, or is available for purchase.

Air Purifier

An air purifier with a HEPA filter will work wonders in keeping your home allergen-free and cycling clean air back into the environment. You may also want to try adding a dehumidifier to your bedroom to keep the air as fresh as possible.

Aromatherapy

DiffuserAromatherapy diffusers can be used to bring additional seasonal allergy relief. There are many essential oils that help alleviate allergy symptoms, reduce inflammation, soothe sore throats, relieve sinus pain and pressure and improve nasal and chest congestion. Some oils include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon

Apply a singe essential oil or an oil mixture to a diffuser and enjoy the allergy relief.

Community Resources

An allergist, or immunologist, is a specialized physician that is trained to diagnose and treat allergies, amongst other ailments. If you find yourself suffering from severe allergies at the turn of the seasons, you may benefit from an allergist who can help determine the best course of treatment.

Updated: April 2014


Written by Kristin Accorsi

Reviewed & edited by Julie Cerrato

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