Spring has sprung here in the East Coast. The trees are all bright green, flowers are in bloom, and the air is warming up.
There’s also a yellow dusting of pollen over everything and my allergies are feeling it!
Along with healing swimmer’s ear naturally, I have a few tricks that help me manage my allergies naturally too.
4 Tips for Managing Seasonal Allergies
1. Shower at the end of the day.
If you are like me, you like to wake up to a nice shower. But when the pollen count is high it is best to shower at the end of the day, so you are not sleeping with a head covered in the stuff that makes your eyes water!
2. Use local honey as a sweetener.
It’s helped Tiffany and her family build their immunity to local allergens and while I am not 100% convinced it works, honey is my go to as a natural sweetener, so I choose to buy local in case there is any proof that it helps with allergies (plus I love to support local farmers!).
3. Keep your windows closed in spring months.
Oh it is so tempting to open up the windows to let the cool spring breezes in, but if you are a severe allergy sufferer, you are just letting the enemy invade your home!
4. Irrigate your nose with a saline solution at least once a day.
This has by far been the most effective solution for my allergies!! Every morning and evening, I use a nasal saline rinse bottle to rid my nose of all the pollen, dust, and dirt it has collected through the day.
You can purchase it pre-measured at just about any drug store, but it comes with a hefty price tag. And honestly, it’s money you don’t need to spend!
With a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you can have your nasal saline solution ready for you all year long (or however long your particular allergy season happens to be.)
Years ago, I had to have sinus surgery due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. My ENT was adamant that I had to irrigate my nose several times a day. And he told me how to make my own saline solution so I would never have to buy it (he is a great doctor!).
This is the recipe he gave me, and it’s the same recipe I’ve been using ever since.
DIY Nasal Saline Solution
- canning salt (no exceptions!)
- baking soda
- distilled water (alternatively you can boil water and then allow it to cool)
In a glass jar mix together:
- 2 cups canning salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Mix together, seal well, and store in dry, cool place.
Each time you use your nasal rinse, fill your rinse bottle with 8 ounces of distilled water and add 1 teaspoon of solution. Shake together. And use as directed per your nasal rinse bottle instructions.
Note: I’m re-using a bottle I originally bought with a kit. If you don’t have one, combine the water and solution in a jar and use a nasal aspirator to rinse.
You’ll get the best deal on canning salt when you buy it in bulk, and this is the best deal I found online. You can find canning salt at most stores locally, although agriculture stores tend to have the better deal for buying in bulk. The best deal on baking soda will be at big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s.
One batch of this mixture will cost about $1.93. Since you only use 1 teaspoon per rinse, it’s like spending just 2¢ per rinse. Compare to buying the pre-made packets at the store and spending 15¢ each! Making it yourself saves 86%!
I find it best to heat up the solution first. This shocks your nose a bit less and is much more soothing. You can heat up the solution in the following ways:
- Boil 8 ounces of tap water and once it has cooled to lukewarm, go ahead and do the rinse then.
- Microwave the distilled water for 10 seconds first.
- Prepare the solution in a nasal rinse bottle and place in a larger jar. Pour hot water in the jar and allow the solution to warm up slowly. (Like you would a baby bottle.)
I am not lying when I say that being diligent about the nasal rinses daily has helped my allergies drastically. In fact, it has helped more than any allergy medication ever has! I hope that this can help you find some relief and go out and enjoy the flowers!
What’s your favorite allergy relief solution?
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