According to the CDC, 50 million Americans contend with seasonal allergies each year. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing and fatigue are all common symptoms of winter allergies. Dealing with these symptoms can make it difficult to manage everyday activities. Reduced quality of sleep compounds the effects and can make you feel like you are dragging yourself through each day. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to combat the symptoms associated with winter allergies.
Use a Neti Pot to Clear Your Nasal Passages
Neti is a Sanskrit word that means “nasal cleansing.” Neti pots were first used in ancient India by yoga practitioners as a means to cleanse the nasal passages for better breathing. This enabled them to achieve a higher state of meditation.
In today’s world, naturalists use neti pots as a means to keep the nasal passages clear of allergens and debris. Furthermore, they aid in clearing mucus from a stuffy nose. If you’ve never used one, you will be astounded by its efficacy.
This practice turns some people off. Pouring salt water into your nose is counter-intuitive, as having mucus draining out of the nose into the sink seems gross. If you can get past this, you will be very happy with the results this winter.
Stinging Nettle Acts as an Antihistamine
When your body is exposed to an allergen, it produces histamines to attack the perceived invader. The symptoms associated with seasonal allergies are your body’s attempt to rid itself of the source of the reaction. Over-the-counter allergy medications are antihistamines that work to reduce the histamines in your body. These, in turn, clear away the symptoms.
For centuries, stinging nettle has been used for its antihistamine properties and can be used as a natural alternative to medications. Stinging nettle can be purchased as a tea, tincture or capsule and is widely available.
Probiotics to Ward off Reactions
A University of Florida study found that taking a combined probiotic of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria at the height of allergy season led participants to experience an improved quality of life and reduced seasonal allergy symptoms. Theoretically, the probiotics work to increase the body’s percentage of t-cells, which then work to increase tolerance to allergy symptoms like runny noses. Look for a probiotic that contains the specified combination to achieve maximum results.
Seasonal allergies can make winter feel long and difficult. With the help of some time-honored and researched natural remedies, sufferers from winter allergies can feel like themselves and enjoy the season symptom-free.