We’re happy it’s finally spring and all, but dammit if spring doesn’t also mean the official start of the worst season of all: allergy season.
We don’t miss the snow, but we also aren’t jumping for joy at the runny noses, itchy eyes and oh-so-red everything that await our hibernation-weary selves. So what’s a person to do? Other than pop a bunch of expensive medication, there are a few simple tricks to keep up your sleeves just this special occasion.
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14 natural hacks to get you through allergy season
Eat Local HoneyMany people swear by eating a tablespoon of local honey every day to lessen allergies. The reason? By eating it, you're taking in a small dose of local pollen each day, which in turn slowly helps to build up your own natural resistance.Thinkstock
Kiss your guy or galStudies have found that those who locked lips with a loved one had lower levels of an allergic reaction that those who didn't. The reason? Kissing is thought to ease inflammation. So pucker up!Thinkstock
Go for sushiBecause we really need an excuse to eat more of it. But wasabi, which often comes in sushi or as a condiment for dipping on the side, fights inflammation, which makes it useful for helping to control those allergies.Thinkstock
Keep a nasal spray in your purseObviously you're going to want to head to the bathroom before using it, but spraying a saline rinse into your nose when you start to feel allergies strike immediately washes out your nasal cavity. Translation? Immediate relief on the go.Thinkstock
Put Peppermint Oil on Your TongueJust a drop will do. Press it to the roof of your mouth, and let its strong aromas work to clear all your passages. Thinkstock
Eat Spicy FoodsEver down a chili pepper? Sure, your eyes may start watering, but that's how you flush all of the bad stuff out. Clear your nasal passages out with some spicy take out tonight.Thinkstock
Wait Until it Rains to Do your ErrandsAllergies hit in the afternoon, so morning and evening are best to get stuff done. Or, if you can hold off until it's raining out, the dampness will prevent those allergens from reaching their target: you. Thinkstock
Drink Apple Cider VinegarIt may not taste the best, but this fermented vinegar is said to prevent the production and release of histamines, those pesky things your body releases when it senses an allergen in the air.Thinkstock
Clean with Baking SodaLooking to do a little spring cleaning? Be sure to use natural ingredients, like baking soda, vinegar and lemon rather than commercial products, which contain chemicals that help set those darned allergies off. Thinkstock
Give yourself an at-home steam facialPour hot water into a bowl, drop some eucalyptus oil in there, and give yourself a little steam to clear out your passages. Just be sure the water isn't too hot -- you don't want to scald yourself!Thinkstock
Cook with TurmericAside from adding a delicious Indian flavour to your food, this powerful spice is a natural decongestant that helps reduce allergy symptoms AND wards off colds.Thinkstock
Pop Fish OilThere's nothing fishy about it. Studies have shown that those who popped one of these pills everyday for a month had lower levels of leukotrienes -- one of the chemicals that cause us to have an allergic reaction.Thinkstock
Sip on Green TeaNot only will the hot, steamy water help ease any current sinus reactions you may be experiencing, but adding a cup to your daily routine also works to block production of histamine via a compound EGCG.Thinkstock
Guzzle a glass of waterWe all know we should stay hydrated throughout the day, but allergy suffers have another excuse to down H20. When you're dehydrated, your body releases histamines (yup, those same things used to fight allergens), to preserve water in your body and prevent future loss. Thinkstock