Spring is a beautiful time of year, but for many people, it also means the onset of seasonal allergies. If you suffer from allergies, you know how uncomfortable the symptoms can be. Fortunately, there are natural self-care remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms and make you feel more comfortable!
1. Incorporate Ginger, Peppermint, and Nettle into Your Natural Self-Care Routine
Ginger, peppermint, and nettle (fresh or dried) are all herbs that have natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, making them excellent natural remedies for seasonal allergies. Here's how you can incorporate them into your self-care routine:
Ginger: Add freshly grated organic ginger root to your tea or smoothie. Ginger tea is also a great option for soothing an irritated throat or clearing sinus congestion. For best results when making ginger tea, bring the ginger to a boil with a lid on for at least 5-10 minutes, then turn to low and allow it to steep. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the flavor will be.
Peppermint: Brew a cup of peppermint tea and inhale the steam to help relieve nasal congestion.
Nettle: Steep nettle leaves in hot water for a few minutes and drink as tea. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the infusion will be. Nettle tea can help reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and congestion.
If you're feeling the effects of seasonal allergies, it's important to incorporate these holistic practices as soon as possible. And if you haven't started experiencing symptoms yet, now's the perfect time to start preparing your body with these ideas! Let's dive into more tips to help you naturally tackle allergy season. These organic herbs are also available in tinctures as well depending on what you like best.
2. Use Raw Local Honey
Raw local honey is a natural remedy that can help alleviate allergy symptoms. The theory behind this remedy is that consuming honey made from local pollen can help your body build up immunity to the pollen, thereby reducing allergy symptoms. It's important to note that this remedy may not work for everyone and that honey should not be given to infants under 1 year old.
To use raw local honey, add a tablespoon to your tea, oatmeal, or smoothie, or simply eat it by the spoonful.
You can find organic herbs and local raw honey at your local health food store and/or farmer's markets!
3. Use a Rollerball with Essential Oils
A rollerball made with organic essential oils can be a great addition to your natural self-care routine. Essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, and thyme have natural anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and decongestant properties that can help alleviate allergy symptoms.
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To use this rollerball apply it to the temples, neck, and other pulse points throughout the day to help alleviate headache, sinus pain, and congestion.
To experience instant relief from allergy symptoms, simply swipe the rollerball once on your clean palm, rub your clean hands together, cup your hands over your nose and mouth, and inhale deeply. Use this way sparingly.
These organic herbs can be used in a face steam to help clear congestion, soothe irritated sinuses, and reduce inflammation in the nasal passages. Just be careful not to get too close to the hot water to avoid burning your skin.
Here is how to use this herbal face steam for seasonal allergies:
Add a handful of the Breathe Face Steam to a large heat-safe bowl and pour boiling filtered water overtop the herbs.
Place your face over the bowl, making sure to keep a safe distance from the hot water.
Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.
Repeat as needed throughout the day.
Here are some additional benefits of using this herbal face steam!
Soothing effects: Eucalyptus and peppermint can have a cooling and refreshing effect, helping to relieve stress and tension.
Mullein: Mullein has a natural soothing effect on the respiratory system and can help to reduce inflammation in the lungs.
Marshmallow Root: Marshmallow root has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes and can help to relieve irritation and inflammation in the respiratory tract.
Rosemary: Rosemary has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Congestion relief: The steam from the herbs can help to loosen and clear mucus in the sinuses, making it easier to breathe.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Herbs like peppermint and eucalyptus have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages.
Antibacterial properties: Some herbs, like thyme and tea tree, have natural antibacterial properties that can help to fight off germs and prevent infections.
Using this face steam can be a relaxing and natural way to ease allergy symptoms and promote a sense of calm and well-being.
4. Other Self-Care Tips for Holistic Allergy Relief
In addition to incorporating herbs, honey, and essential oils into your self-care routine, there are other things you can do to help alleviate allergy symptoms:
Take a shower and change your clothes after spending time outdoors to remove pollen from your skin and clothing.
Use a saline nasal spray to help flush out allergens from your sinuses.
Keep your home clean and dust-free to reduce indoor allergens such as dust mites and pet dander.
Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to help filter out allergens from the air.
Here are a few more options to help support you during allergy season!
In conclusion, seasonal allergies can be uncomfortable, but there are natural self-care remedies that can help alleviate symptoms. Incorporating herbs such as ginger, peppermint, and nettle into your self-care routine, using raw local honey, taking other holistic self-care measures, and using a rollerball with essential oils can all help.
It's important to note that if you have severe allergies, you should consult with your trusted doctor before using any herbal remedies, as they may interact with medications or worsen your symptoms.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.